Wrestling: Medford rallies to top ACGC for third place in Class A, 29-24
ST. PAUL -- Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City mounted a major comeback but lost at the wire 29-24 to Medford in the Class A third-place match on Saturday morning at the Xcel Center.
The Falcons' Travis Frederiksen beat Tyler Yule 8-4. Yule later won the 152-pound state title.
That started a Falcon streak of four straight wins good for a 24-23 lead with two matches left. But the Tigers' Reid Balzer at 215 and Tom Schroht at 285 both won close decisions, 4-1 and 5-3, over James Nelson and Dylan Nelson, respectively, to pull out the win.
Hayden Rouser got a pin at 112 and Matt Meyer a decision at 130 but Medford wrestlers won the next three matches for a 23-9 lead after 145. At 135, the Falcons' Mike Kramer lost in four overtimes, 6-5.
Frederiksen, Travis Whitcomb, Micah Larson by decisions and Deron Buboltz with a first-period pin gained 15 points and the temporary lead.
In its sixth straight state show, ACGC finished 24-4 losing only to teams that finished first, second or third at the state tournament.
Medford 29, ACGC 24
103: Zach Keller, M, pin Jessie Whitcomb :52
112: Hayden Rouser, A, pin Adam Utzinger 1:54
119: Austin Peters, M, dec Matt Lee 15-8
125: Curt Maas, M, dec Scott Litzau 5-1
130: Matt Meyer, A, dec Brad Maas 4-1
135: Cole Davitz, M, dec Mike Kramer 6-5, 4 ot
140: Zach Kanzenbach, M, maj Ryan Larson 13-4
145: Brad Keller, M, maj Nate Meyer 12-3
152: Travis Frederiksen, A, dec Tyler Yule 8-4
160: Travis Whitcomb, A, dec Jake Elzen 6-2
171: Micah Larson, A, dec Calab Svenby 5-3
189: Deron Buboltz, A, pin Alex Schaeuer 1:21
215: Reid Balzer, M, dec James Nelson 4-1
285: Tom Schroht, M, dec Dylan Nelson 5-3