22 area matmen win on first day at state
ST. PAUL -- Twenty two of the Tribune area's 41 wrestlers opened the state individual wrestling tournament with a win on Wednesday at Xcel Energy Center.
Two of three defending state champions from the area were victorious in the first round; Ryan Thompson of Benson at 152 pounds and Joel Bauman of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at 189 pounds, both in Class A. However, Ryan Swenson of Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley was pinned in his opening match at 135 pounds in Class AA.
Willmar's Adam Fagerstrom, the lone senior on the team, earned the 100th win of his career, getting a 4-2 decision at 135 pounds in Class AAA.
The individual portion of the tournament continues today. Those wrestlers losing their first match on Wednesday will be eliminated if the wrestler that beat them loses his quarterfinal match.
In Class A, 16 of the 29 area wrestlers advanced. In Class AA, five of the eight won opening matches. And in Class AAA, Fagerstrom was the only one of four Willmar wrestlers to start off with a win. Alex Johannes at 119 pounds, Seth Pollock at 125 and Nathanial Swoyer at 171 are all hoping to continue in the consolation round today.
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg had three wrestlers each win matches in the first round in Class A. ACGC's Matt Lee at 125 pounds, Larry Bomstad at 130 and Dylan Nelson at heavyweight all won. Kurt Timmons at 103, Klinton VanHeuveln at 130 and Bauman for KMS were victorious.
Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (Cole Tensen at 145 and Travis Winter at 160), BOLD (Jacob Revier at 130 and Dusty Caspers at heavyweight), Benson (Thompson and Brady Wersinger at 160), Minnewaska (Cam Schafer at 140 and Brandon Manderschied at 215) and Paynesville (Matt Doom at 160 and Andrew Moser at 189) each saw two of its wrestlers triumph in opening matches in Class A.
Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley (John Weeding at 103 pounds and Jake Bothun at 145) and New London-Spicer (Shawn Hatlestad at 140 and John Nething at 160) each had two Class AA wrestlers advance. Litchfield (Kody Kalkbrenner at 189) had the other opening win in Class AA.
Area results Class A
EVAN KNUDSON, Yellow Medicine East -- lost 1-6 decision to Matt Hickerson, Ogilvie
LOGAN PETERSON, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City -- lost 7-13 decision to Kurt Timmons, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
KURT TIMMONS, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg -- dec Logan Peterson, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, 13-7 ... in quarterfinals today vs. Isaac Novacek, Badger/Greenbusch-Middle River
MATT PLUMHOFF, Benson -- lost by 2-18 technical fall to Travis Borchert, Browerville/Eagle Valley
HAYDEN ROUSER, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City -- lost 6-7 decision to Will McCarthy, Border West
MATT LEE, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City -- dec Garret Hoffner, Mahnomen/Waubun, 4-2 ... in quarterfinals today vs. Bronson Steuber, Jackson County Central
JORDON ROTHERS, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg -- lost by injury default to Chad Lexvold, Kenyon-Wanamingo
LARRY BOMSTAD, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City -- dec Darick Vancura, Jackson County Central, 15-9 .. in quarterfinals today vs. Odin Guerard, Royalton/Upsala
JACOB REVIER, BOLD -- pinned Myrel Schermerhorn, Frazee, 5:10 ... in quarterfinals today vs. Drew Lexvold, Kenyon-Wanamingo
KLINTON VANHEUVELN, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg -- dec Seth Felland, West Central Area, 9-2 ... in quarterfinals today vs. Alex Anderson, Martin County West
GRANT WINTER, Minnewaska -- lost 0-10 decision to Brett Schwartz, LeSueur-Henderson
DYLAN HOFFMAN, Yellow Medicine East -- lost 2-7 decision to Curt Maas, Medford
CAM SCHAFER, Minnewaska -- dec Aaron Ray, West Central Area, 7-3 ... in quarterfinals today vs. Tony Vaske, River Valley
DAVID TWETEN, Benson -- lost 6-9 decision to Jordan Chouanard, Aitkin
COLE TENSEN, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa -- dec Jadon Evans, Pipestone, 6-1 ... in quarterfinals today vs. Jake Long, West Central Area
JUSTIN TONGEN, Yellow Medicine East -- lost 4-5 decision to Cole Kavitz, Medford
ALEX STEFFEL, BOLD -- lost 5-6 decision to Brad Keller, Medford
RYAN THOMPSON, Benson -- dec Travis Schiefelbein, Kimball, 20-7 ... in quarterfinals today vs. Sam Lindgren, LeSueur-Henderson
MATT DOOM, Paynesville -- dec Shawn Johnson, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, 16-7 ... in quarterfinals today vs. Cooper Moore, Jackson County Central
TRAVIS WINTER, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa -- dec Dylan Thisius, United South Centreal, 10-4 ... in quarterfinals today vs. Jarrid Groth, Kenyon-Wanamingo
BRADY WERSINGER, Benson -- dec Jon Pikop, West Central Area, 14-5 ... in quarterfinals today vs. Sean Huls, Pierz
MICHAEL DOOM, Paynesville -- lost 5-6 decision to Amos Schmidt, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale
CODY HATCH, BOLD -- lost 2-3 decision to Rick Brandt, Frazee
RYAN LARSON, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City -- lost 0-5 decision to Ben McPhail, Pine Island
JOEL BAUMAN, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg -- pinned Jeremy Hamman, Crosby-Ironton, 3:08 ... in quarterfinals today vs. Caleb Hillesheim, River Valley
ANDREW MOSER, Paynesville -- dec Reid Balzer, Medford, 9-3 ... in quarterfinals today vs. Ben Dahl, Zumbrotz-Mazeppa
BRANDON MANDERSCHIED, Minnewaska -- won by 16-0 technical fall over Jarrod Norton, New York Mills ... in quarterfinals today vs. Alex Dreyer, United South Central
DUSTIN CASPERS, BOLD -- dec Kenny Weaver, Park Rapids, 5-4 ... in quarterfinals vs, Dylan Nelson Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City
DYLAN NELSON, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City -- pinned Michael Bell, Chatfield, :59 ... in quarterfinals today vs. Dusty Caspers, BOLD
JOHN WEEDING, Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley -- dec Jarred Oftedahl, Benilde-St. Margaret's/Mounds Park Academy ... in quarterfinals today vs. Jordan Hanan, Annandale/Maple Lake
KYLE BALLARD, Litchfield -- was pinned by Mike Kelly, Milaca/Faith Christian
RYAN SWENSON, Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley -- was pinned by Zach Gehloff, Waseca
SHAWN HATLESTAD, New London-Spicer -- dec Logan Draack, Monticello ... in quarterfinals today vs. Peter Harrison, Pequot Lake/Pine River-Backus
JAKE BOTHUN, Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley -- dec Joey Stadnick, Watertown-Mayer/Mayer Lutheran, 2-1, OT ... in quarterfinals today vs. Levi Allen, Pequot Lake/Pine River-Backus
SAM HAAS, Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley -- lost 4-7 decision to Joey Falde, Orono
JOHN NETHING, New London-Spicer -- dec Jared Peterson, Windom Area/Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin ... in quarterfinals today vs. Travis Kammer, Chisago Lake
KODY KALKBRENNER, Litchfield -- dec Euliesses Sanchez, Simley, 7-1 ... in quarterfinals vs. Spencer Johnson, Windom Area/Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin
ALEX JOHANNES, Willmar -- was pinned by Brady Johnshoy, Prior Lake
SETH POLLOCK, Willmar -- lost 7-9 decision to Johnny Dill, Maple Grove
ADAM FAGERSTROM, Willmar -- dec Brandon Borchardt, Woodbury, 6-4 ... in quarterfinals today vs. Kevin Nelson, Forest Lake
NATHANIAL SWOYER, Willmar -- lost 5-7 dec to Eric Hensel, Lakeville South