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ACGC's Lucas Damm, top, and Paynesville's Tanner Harder tumble out of bound in the 220-pound match during the Section 5A semifinals Friday at Minnewaska High School. Damm won by pin. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton.

Wrestling: Kimball slams ACGC

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GLENWOOD -- There will be no Cubs in hibernation mode in Kimball at the state wrestling tournament this season.

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The Kimball Cubs successfully defended their Section 5A title by overwhelming Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 45-16 in the championship match Friday at the Minnewaska Area High School.

Kimball, ranked No. 2, won 11 matches and never trailed against No. 3 ACGC. The Cubs took an early 13-0 lead behind a pin, decision and major decision.

But the Falcons soared back and won three of the next four matches to tie the dual at 16-16.

Hayden Rouser needed just 38 seconds to pin his opponent at 126 to ACGC on the board, and after the Cubs won a 5-4 decision at 132, the Falcons had Matt Meyer earn a second-period pin at 138 and top-ranked Larry Bomstad collected a 12-2 major decision at 145.

But it was all Kimball after that as the Cubs, who won last year's section final 31-28, took the final seven matches.

The Falcons were within striking distance through 170, but Kimball delivered a back-breaker when Travis Wills upset No. 2 James Nelson 4-3 in triple overtime at 182 to take a comfortable 32-16 lead. The unranked Wills also beat No. 7 Dillon Knutson of Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in the Cubs' 59-6 semifinal win.

Austin Schiefelbein's 6-2 decision at 195 then sealed a return trip to the state tournament for Kimball.

The Falcons routed Paynesville 51-13 in the semifinals to reach the championship match.

The team state tournament is Thursday, March 1 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The individual section tournament is next Friday and Saturday at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School in Howard Lake.

Kimball 45, ACGC 16

106: Mitchell McKee, K, pin Robert Rasmussen 1:40

113: Quinten Berres, K, dec Tyler Berghuis 7-2

120: Tanner Mills, K, maj Derek Dengerud 17-4

126: Hayden Rouser, A, pin Brady Mehr :38

132: Marcus Hamer, K, dec Logan Peterson 5-4

138: Matt Meyer, A, pin Markus Mehr 3:25

145: Larry Bomstad, A, maj Caramon Hansen 12-2

152: Quentin Bryce, K, pin Lee Whitcomb 3:42

160: Jordan Joseph, K, dec Maverick Whitcomb 4-1

170: Travis Schiefelbein, K, maj Jordan Nelson 11-3

182: Travis Wills, K, dec James Nelson 4-3, 3OT

195: Austin Schiefelbein, K, dec Colin Kragenbring 6-2

220: Tim Konz, K, pin Jordan Fester 2:34

285: Alex Thurber, K, maj Lucas Damm 13-4

Semifinals

ACGC 51, Paynesville 13

The Falcons won the first seven matches to grab control early. Notching falls for ACGC was Tyler Berghuis at 113, Maverick Whitcomb at 160, James Nelson at 182 and Lucas Damm at 220.

Paynesville won four decisions, including Dominick Platow's major at 285.

106: Robert Rasmussen, A, won by forfeit

113: Tyler Berghuis, A, tcfl Jared Kuntsleben 15-0

120: D. Dangerud, A, dec Da. Viessman 14-8

126: Hayden Rouser, A, maj Jacob Mages 19-6

132: Logan Peterson, A, maj Cole Woehler 11-0

138: Matt Meyer, A, won by forfeit

145: Larry Bomstad, A, maj Clay Spanier 16-1

152: Josh Hiepler, P, dec Jacob Peterson (score not available)

160: Maverick Whitcomb, A, pin Jon Dorf (time not available)

170: Caleb Burns, P, dec Matt Whitcomb 9-4

182: James Nelson, A, pin Mike Ludwig 1:20

195: Derek Ludwig, P, dec Colin Kragenbring 9-7, OT

220: Lucas Damm, A, pin Tanner Harder 5:46

285: Dominick Platow, P, maj Jordan Fester 8-0

Kimball 59, BBE 6

Alex Schramel at 138 and Patrick Rooney at 170 won decisions to collect the lone points for BBE.

106: Mitch McKee, K, pin Josey Tensen 4:45

113: Quinten Berres, K, pin Colby Schramel (time not available)

120: Tanner Mills, K, maj Tyler Tensen 9-1

126: Brady Mehr, K, pin Trustin Ziemer 1:44

132: Marcus Hamer, K, maj Austin Jaeger 14-2

138: Alex Schramel, B, dec Maruc Mehr 7-5

145: Camaron Hansen, K, dec Dan Rooney 7-2

152: Quentin Bryce, K, pin Matt Schmita 1:11

160: Jordan Joseph, K, pin Eric Swenson 3:43

170: Patrick Rooney, B, dec Travis Schiefelbein 7-3

182: Travis Wills, K, dec Dillon Knutson 3-1

195: Austin Schiefelbein, dec, Lee Borgerding 7-0

220: Alex Thurber, K, won by forfeit

285: Austyn Schlueter, K, pin Jared Steffensen (time not available)

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