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Prep Wrestling: Apollo tops Willmar in 8AAA semifinals

ALEXANDRIA -- Willmar, the No. 5 seed in the Section 8AAA wrestling tournament, upset No. 4 Moorhead 36-31 in the quarterfinals before being ousted by top-seeded St. Cloud Apollo 45-26 on Saturday.

Willmar finishes the season 7-10. The individual portion of the tournament is Friday and Saturday in Bemidji.

St. Cloud Apollo drubbed Brainerd 43-24 in the championship to advance to the state tournament.

Team scores

(First round)

Bemidji 47, Buffalo 21

St. Cloud Tech 44, Alexandria 30


St. Cloud Apollo 53, Bemidji 15

Willmar 36, Moorhead 31

Sauk Rapids 41, Rocori 27

Brainerd 36, St. Cloud Tech 24


St. Cloud Apollo 45, Willmar 26

Brainerd 36, Sauk Rapids 24


St. Cloud Apollo 43, Brainerd 24


Willmar 36, Moorhead 31

Nathan Mittag started things off for Willmar with a 26-second pin at 103 pounds. Austin Miley then won by forfeit and Alex Johannes and Seth Pollock followed with decisions for an 18-0 Cardinal lead.

Moorhead sandwiched a pair of pins around Adam Fagerstrom's decision for Willmar at 135.

The Cardinals extended their lead to 27-12 with a pin by Coty Milhausen at 145 pounds.

Nathanial Swoyer iced the match with a pin at 171. Taylor Neumann added a decision at 189 for the Cardinals.

103: Nathan Mittag, W, pin Brock Gartner :26

112: Austin Miley, W, won by forfeit

119: Alex Johannes, W, dec Jacob Rositas 8-3

125: Seth Pollock, W, dec Brock Tallakson 4-3

130: Nick Langeberg, M, pin Zach Morris 1:01

135: Adam Fagerstrom, W, dec Mike Zupan 7-1

140: Chase Morlock, M, pin Mason Pomerleau 1:55

145: Coty Milhausen, W, pin A.J. Wheeler 3:20

152: Wilson Karlstrom, M, maj David Arnold 11-0

160: Ben Gaughan, M, dec Eugen Stepan 7-5

171: Nathanial Swoyer, W, pin Brett Morlock 1:14

189: Taylor Neumann, W, dec Evan Gary 12-6

215: Jacob Townbridge, M, pin Anthony Wood 3:01

285: Mark Wychor, M, pin C.J. Barkley :47


St. Cloud Apollo 45, Willmar 26

The Eagles started off with a technical falls and two pins and never trailed.

Mason Pomerleau at 145 pounds and Nathanial Swoyer at 171 had pins for the Cardinals. Coty Milhausen had a technical fall at 152. Seth Pollock at 125, Adam Fagerstrom at 140 and Eugene Stepan at 160 won by decisions.

103: Grant Dullinger, S, tcfl Nathan Mittag 4:56

112: Matt Braun, S, pin Austin Miley 3:06

119: Mitch Bengtson, S, pin Alex Johannes :51

125: Seth Pollock, W, dec Alex Lawwell 7-5

130: Grant Nehring, S, maj Zach Morris 11-2

135: Nam Nguyen, S, pin Tyler Blilie :11

140: Adam Fagerstrom, W, dec Clayton Athman 4-2

145: Mason Pomerleau, W, pin Colton Holley 5:26

152: Coty Milhausen, W, tcfl Brendan Padilla 5:16

160: Eugene Stepan, W, dec Nick Lawwell 5-2

171: Nathanial Swoyer, W, pin Andrew Lindberg 1:07

189: Nolan Rial, S, pin Taylor Neumann :22

215: Chris Rocheleau, S, pin Anthony Wood 1:35

285: Sam Koetter, S, pin C.J. Barkley :44