ST. PAUL -- Nine wrestlers from the area advanced to semifinal rounds of the state wrestling tournament Thursday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Willmar's Drew Larson advanced to the Class AAA 145-pound semifinals (see related story), one of the day's highlights as 31 out of 43 wrestlers remain in either the championship or consolation brackets, which continue today. The area's lone undefeated wrestler, Kevin Steinhaus of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, stayed that way with two dominating wins in the 145-pound division of Class A.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals girls basketball Section 8AAA quarterfinals game against Rocori that was scheduled for Thursday has been postponed and rescheduled for tonight because of the snowstorm. As of press time, Willmar had not announced that school would be closed today. If Willmar does have school, the girls' basketball game will be moved to 8 p.m.
Due to the major snowstorm affecting most of Minnesota, the state swimming meet that had been scheduled for Thursday and today has been moved to Saturday. Preliminaries will not be held and Class A events will begin at 11 a.m. at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. All events have been re-seeded as timed finals. The Class A diving competition was held Thursday with Minnewaska senior Cass Kreitlow finishing 11th.
The Ridgewater College baseball doubleheader against Oakton Community College (Ill.) slated for today at the Metrodome was cancelled due to the snowstorm. The games will not be made up.
ST. PAUL -- Willmar 145-pounder Drew Larson dominated both of his Class AAA opponents to advance to the semifinals of the state tournament Thursday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The Cardinals' lone entrant in the state championship won his first match of the day in a 10-0 major decision over Brandon Thiele of Eagan. Larson (42-2) cruised through his quarterfinals match with Jason Florin of Minneapolis North, pinning him in 2:46. Larson will face Dan Card (37-7) of Owatonna in the semifinals today.
Girls Basketball Section Tournaments Section 2A-North SEMIFINALS TODAY At Martin Luther College, New Ulm Cedar Mountain/Comfrey vs. Holy Trinity, 6 p.m. Sleepy Eye St. Mary's vs. Lester Prairie, 7:45 p.m. Section 3A-North FINAL TODAY At Southwest Minnesota St., Marshall Dawson-Boyd vs. Minneota, 8 p.m. Section 5A-South QUARTERFINALS TODAY At Morris 1. Wheaton/HN vs. Hancock, 6 p.m. 2. Upsala vs. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, 7:30 At Alexandria 3. Royalton vs. Osakis, 6 p.m. 4. Clinton-Graceville/Beardsley vs. Orton-ville, 7:30 p.m.
No events scheduled.
The Willmar girls basketball team will play against Rocori for the third time this season, but this time, the season will be on the line in the first round of the Section 8AAA-South playoffs tonight. The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at the Willmar Senior High School. The Cardinals (14-10) beat the Spartans (2-23) 80-45 Jan. 9 in Willmar and 61-44Feb. 20 at Cold Spring.
After suffering a 30-point loss to Central Lakes Conference rival Rocori Tuesday, the Willmar boys basketball team dropped out of the final poll, conducted by Minnesota Basketball News. The Cardinals (13-4, 19-5) were ranked sixth in the Class AAA poll before Tuesday's 67-37 defeat at home to the Spartans, the No. 2 team in the state. Willmar will wrap up the regular season hosting Sauk Rapids Friday.
Girls Basketball Section 5A-South QUARTERFINALS THURSDAY At Morris 1. Wheaton/HN vs. Hancock, 6 p.m. 2. Upsala vs. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, 7:30 At Alexandria 3. Royalton vs. Osakis, 6 p.m. 4. Clinton-Graceville/Beardsley vs. Orton-ville, 7:30 p.m. Section 5AA-South QUARTERFINALS THURSDAY 1. Kimball at Eden Valley-Watkins, 7:30 p.m. 2. St. Cloud Cathedral vs. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Brooten, 7:30 p.m. 3. Maple Lake at New London-Spicer, 7:30 p.m. 4.