2014 NSF NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS RECAP

The Third Annual NSF North American Championships got started Friday evening at Sandquist Family Park in Cambridge when all-star mom Teresa Mauer threw out the ceremonial first pitch to wrestling standout and Cambridge native Tony Nelson. The weekend came to an exciting conclusion on Sunday evening with a string of championship contests.

In the
Men's DD/D bracket, Impact Technology out of Hewitt and the Pirates from Pierz faced off in the winner’s bracket final. The Pirates came out on top 14-10 to secure their spot in the championship game. In order to get their second chance at the Pirates, Impact Technology had to defeat the Young Bucks out of Albert Lea in the third place game. On the strength of an explosive nine run first inning, Impact was able to hold on for a 16-14 victory to find their way back in the championship mix. The two tournaments losses for Young Bucks were by a combined three runs. Impact Technology, needing two victories against the undefeated Pirates was able to do something no else had – keep the Pirates’ offense at bay. Impact forced the “if” game with a 10-3 win and backed it up with a 12-4 victory to seal the DD Championship. Danny Benning, Joey Gaida and Tim Zastrow were named to the All-Tournament Team for the champs. Cody Meyer and Chuck Boser were All-Tournament representatives for the Pirates. In the D championship game, Ringers from North Pine defeated Total Automotive Shockers (Inver Grove Heights) 8-5. The game starred two All-Tournament players: Bobby Gajewski (Ringers) and Matt Hanse (Total Automotive Shockers).

The
Men’s EE bracket title game featured Cambridge Collision and MCO out of Brainerd. Both teams were coming off state tournament victories, so the matchup had plenty of appeal. Cambridge Collision earned their way to the championship game through the winner’s bracket, while MCO had to fight all the way back – six consecutive wins to be exact – after being sent to the loss bracket by One-N-Only (Crookston). Cambridge Collision snapped MCO’s streak at six and went on to pull off the championship with a 9-7 victory. Kyle Grell, Kellen Kersten and Nick Hammond were named to the All-Tournament Team for Cambridge Collision. Eric Holmvig, Kyle Decent and Eddy Decent received the honor for MCO.

The
Women’s Tournament started off with pool play after which teams fell into their respective brackets. The opener for local representative Chaos was notable because they put up a whopping 27 runs, the most runs any team would score in a single game the entire weekend across all divisions. Campbell/Elfmann out of the Maple Lake league was the only team to play the entire weekend without a defeat. Campbell/Elfmann outlasted the Yellow Sox (Chisago County) in the semi-final 16-11, then showed their ability to win low scoring affairs as well with a 5-3 victory of Hanson/CJ’s/Andrie (Chisago County) in the C/DD championship game. Heidi Goelz, Emily Webb and Angel Stuhr were All-Tournament Team
honorees for Campbell/Elfmann. Hanson/CJ’s/Andrie had three All-Tournament members of their own – Kailey Hanson, Kasey Eichten and Darla Fehlandt. In the EE championship bracket, Ringers 2 out of North Pine defeated Dozers (Chisago County) by a score of 9-5.