Two from NLS among six from area earning third-place medals at state
ST. PAUL -- Aside from having four state champions, the area also boasts six third-place finishers at the state individual wrestling tournament Saturday at Xcel Energy Center.
In all, 15 matmen will come home with a medal out of the 41 that qualified for the state individual tournament.
New London-Spicer had a pair of wrestlers finish third in Class AA in Shawn Hatlestad at 140 pounds and John Nething at 160.
Kurt Timmons of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at 103 pounds in Class A and John Weeding of Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley at 103 pounds in Class AA were third.
Cam Schafer of Minnewaska at 140 pounds (Class A) and Kody Kalkbrenner of Litchfield at 189 pounds (AA) were also third.
Timmons (40-7), a senior, defeated Marcus Hamer, a freshman from Kimball, 8-04 in his third-place match. Timmons was on control throughout the match, leading 6-2 after two periods with a pair of takedowns in the first period and two escape points in the second.
Weeding (38-4), a sophomore, topped junior Dru Strand of Adrian 5-2, scoring a takedown in each of the first two periods.
Hatlestad (42-4), a junior, won an action-packed 11-8 match with senior Ryan Arne of Orono. Hatlestad led 8-3 at one point before Arne picked up two takedowns in the third period to get within 9-7 before Hatlestad responded with a reversal.
Nething (45-2) prevailed 7-3 over Tommy Teigen, a senior from Meadow Creek Christian.
Schafer (29-7), a senior, downed Jessie Regalado, a senior from Jackson County Central, by a 12-9 count.
And Kalkbrenner (32-4), a senior, earned a 5-3 win over freshman Broc Berge of Kasson-Mantorville.
Three other area wrestlers also finished the season with a win, winning consolation championships: Larry Bomstad of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at 130 pounds (A), Alex Steffel of BOLD at 152 (A) and Travis Winter of Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at 160 (A).
Also earning medals for finishing in the top sixth was Jake Bothun of DB/LQPV at 145 (AA) and Brady Wersinger of Benson at 160 (A).
Rand Middleton contributed to this article.
RYAN THOMPSON, Benson -- dec Brad Keller, Medford, 7-4 ... champion
JOEL BAUMAN, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg -- dec Ian Pratt, Mille Lacs, 9-4 ... champion
BRANDON MANDERSCHIED, Minnewaska -- dec Jon Gorter, Pipestone, 3-1 ... champion
DUSTIN CASPERS, BOLD -- dec Alex Yeager, Badger-Greenbush/Middle River, 3-2 ... champion
KURT TIMMONS, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg -- dec Matt Hickerson, Ogilvie, 9-3 ... dec Marcu Hamer, Kimball, 8-4 ... third place
LARRY BOMSTAD, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City -- lost 2-4 OT decision to Jack Hawkin, Wabasha-Kellog/Alma ... dec Brett Schwartz, LeSueur-Henderosn, 10-2 ... fifth place
CAM SCHAFER, Minnewaska -- dec Skyler Quamme, Kenyon-Wanamingo, 15-2 ... dec Jessie Regalado, Jackson County Central, 12-9 ... third place
ALEX STEFFEL, BOLD -- lost 2-4 decision to Caleb Lanoue, Mahnomen-Waubun ... dec Sam Lindgren, LeSueur-Henderson, 4-3 ... fifth place
TRAVIS WINTER, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa -- lost 2-5 decision to Sean Huls, Pierz ... pinned Brady Wersinger, Benson, 3:44 ... fifth place
BRADY WERSINGER, Benson -- was pinned by Jarrid Groth, Kenyon-Wanamingo, 2:31 ... was pinned by Travis Winter, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, 3:44 ... sixth place
JOHN WEEDING, Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley -- dec Keith Thell, Foley, 4-0 ... dec Dru Strand, Adrian, 5-2 ... third place
SHAWN HATLESTAD, New London-Spicer -- dec Luke Tiesler, Adrian, 8-4 ... dec Ryan Arne, Orono, 11-8 ... third place
JAKE BOTHUN, Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley -- lost 1-3 decision to Brandon Seppelt, Foley ... lost 6-7 decision to Jesse Munos, So. St. Paul ... sixth place
JOHN NETHING, New London-Spicer -- dec Taylor Lewandowski, Foley, 6-5 ... dec Tommy Tiegen, Medow Creek Christian, 7-3 ... third place
KODY KALKBRENNER, Litchfield -- dec Cody Welch, Wabasso/Red Rock Central, 5-4 ... dec Broc Berge, Kasson-Mantorville, 5-4 ... third place