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Sam Haas of Dawson-Boyd/Lac Qui Parle Valley, top, tries to maintain control of Orono's Joey Falde during their 152-pound Class AA match Wednesday during the state wrestling tournament at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Falde won 9-7. (Photo special to the Tribune by Michael Vosburg, Fargo Forum)1 / 3
Seth Pollock, front, of Willmar looks to gain control in his 125-pound Class AAA match against Johnny Dill of Maple Grove Wednesday at the state wrestling tournament in St. Paul. Dill won 9-7. (Photo by Michael Vosburg, Fargo Forum)2 / 3
Klinton VanHeuveln of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, top, controls Seth Felland of West Central Area in their 130-pound Class A match Wednesday during the state wrestling tournament Wednesday in St. Paul. VanHeuveln won 9-2. (Photo by Michael Vosburg, Fargo Forum)3 / 3

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

First Round

103 pounds

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

119 pounds

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

125 pounds

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

130 pounds

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

135 pounds

DYLAN HOFFMAN, Yellow Medicine East -- lost 2-7 decision to Curt Maas, Medford

140 pounds

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

145 pounds

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

152 pounds

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

160 pounds

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

171 pounds

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

189 pounds

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

215 pounds

BRANDON MANDERSCHIED, Minnewaska -- won by 16-0 technical fall over Jarrod Norton, New York Mills ... in quarterfinals today vs. Alex Dreyer, United South Central

285 pounds

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

Class AA

First Round

103 pounds

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

130 pounds

KYLE BALLARD, Litchfield -- was pinned by Mike Kelly, Milaca/Faith Christian

135 pounds

RYAN SWENSON, Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley -- was pinned by Zach Gehloff, Waseca

140 pounds

SHAWN HATLESTAD, New London-Spicer -- dec Logan Draack, Monticello ... in quarterfinals today vs. Peter Harrison, Pequot Lake/Pine River-Backus

145 pounds

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

152 pounds

SAM HAAS, Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley -- lost 4-7 decision to Joey Falde, Orono

160 pounds

JOHN NETHING, New London-Spicer -- dec Jared Peterson, Windom Area/Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin ... in quarterfinals today vs. Travis Kammer, Chisago Lake

189 pounds

KODY KALKBRENNER, Litchfield -- dec Euliesses Sanchez, Simley, 7-1 ... in quarterfinals vs. Spencer Johnson, Windom Area/Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin

Class AAA

First Round

119 pounds

ALEX JOHANNES, Willmar -- was pinned by Brady Johnshoy, Prior Lake

125 pounds

SETH POLLOCK, Willmar -- lost 7-9 decision to Johnny Dill, Maple Grove

135 pounds

ADAM FAGERSTROM, Willmar -- dec Brandon Borchardt, Woodbury, 6-4 ... in quarterfinals today vs. Kevin Nelson, Forest Lake

171 pounds

NATHANIAL SWOYER, Willmar -- lost 5-7 dec to Eric Hensel, Lakeville South