Prep wrestling: 8 from area advance to semis
ST. PAUL — Four-time medal winner and top-ranked Larry Bomstad of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, No. 1 Zachary Carlson of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg and No. 2 Jakob Stageberg of New London-Spicer won twice Friday at the state individual tournament at the Xcel Energy Center to remain unbeaten on the season.
Five other wrestlers from the area advanced to the semifinals after going 2-0 Friday. Two are Falcons as defending 220-pound champion Lucas Damm and Logan Peterson at 152 will put their top ranking on the line.
Two other area programs will be digging for gold as Logan Knoshal at 138 and heavyweight Jake Lehmann of the Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley/Montevideo United, and Minnewaska’s Ryan Stottler at 170 pocketed two wins during the first day of completion.
ACGC, KMS and Minnewaska are in Class A, while NLS and the United are one class bigger.
The area, which produced 42 state entrants, also saw Willmar (Class AAA) sophomore Colten Carlson and KMS senior Chase Norton get upset Friday to fall into the consolation bracket. Both Carlson (152) and Norton (220) reached the championship match last year before settling for a silver medal.
Bomstad — who placed fifth at 130 as an eighth-grader, third at 140 as a freshman, and second at 145 as a sophomore, and won gold as a junior at 145 — is 47-0 this year and currently has a 92-match winning streak. The senior will take on last year’s 138-pound runner-up Hunter Retzlaff (41-3) of Sibley East in the semifinals after earning a 57-second pin in the first round and shutting out Alec Engler of Minneota/Lincoln HI 3-0 in the quarterfinals.
Carlson is 87-1 over the past two years and will take a 44-0 record into the semifinals against Mitch Lange of Royalton/Upsala, who placed fourth at 160 last year. A win for Carlson puts the junior back in the final, but this time around he’s looking for gold as he lost last year’s final, his only setback in 44 matches.
Stageberg has a bronze medal from his sophomore year at 106 and placed fifth last year at 113 as a junior. He was 81-11 during the two years, but he’s unbeaten this year and will put a 36-0 mark into the 113-pound semifinals against Anthony Jackson of team champion Simley.
Peterson has placed third (138 and 132) at the previous two state tourneys and after posting a technical fall and a near-major decision, the senior will have a 45-2 record heading into the semifinals. Stottler is currently 32-1, Damm 41-4, Knoshal 40-6 and Lehmann 42-4.
The top six in each weight earn a medal.