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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Ridgewater College sophomore Zane Petersen works over Trae Story of St. Cloud State in an 8-2 decision. The Warriors’ heavyweight won the weight class Saturday at the open tournament in Willmar.

College Wrestling: Peterson wins title at Ridgewater Open

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Tribune Staff Report

WILLMAR — Zane Petersen won at heavyweight and Matt Meyer placed runner-up at 149-pounds at the Ridgewater College Wrestling Open on Saturday.

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Petersen, a sophomore from rural Lakeville, decisioned Trae Story of St. Cloud State 8-2, pinned Jerrad Nieland of North Dakota State in 59 seconds and majored Luke Belich of St. Cloud State 8-3.

Petersen was a state champion (AAA) for Lake ville South at 215 pounds in 2011. In 2012, Zane’s younger brother Tommy won the 215-pound title beating Story, from Roseville Area, in the championship match. On Saturday, Tommy, a two-time state champion now at North Dakota State, went 3-0 to win the 197-pound weight class.

Other than his loss to Petersen, Story went 4-0.

Meyer is a freshman out of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City who attended Central Lakes College his first year out of high school but did not wrestle, reached the final with two wins before losing narrowly to Taner Trembley of St. Cloud State University 6-5.

Adam Sutlief at 133 lost his first match but then won his next three, each via a pin.

A total of 12 colleges and university entered 71 wrestlers.

Ridgewater Open

How Warriors fared

Key: (Weight, name, season record, won-loss, pins, place)

125: Adam Sutlief (14-11) 3-1, 3 pins, 2nd place

141: Logan Crosby (5-7) 0-2

149: Zach Revier (13-12) 2-2 1 pin, 4th place

149: Dan Wieman (0-6) 0-2

149: Matt Meyer (19-12) 2-1, 1 pin, 2nd place.

197: Schoen Kichler (8-14) 2-2, 2 pins, 4th place

285: Zane Petersen (12-3) 3-0, 1 pin 1st place

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Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

(320) 214-4334
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