PRIOR LAKE - For the young Willmar Cardinals wrestling squad this has been a season living on the edge. "All year long we've won some close ones and we've lost some," said Willmar coach Tom Beyer. Beyer said he can't recall a winter with so many tight team and individual matches during his 25 years as Willmar's head coach. Willmar advances Jesse Alonzo, a 140-pound junior, to the state meet for the second straight year, but three of his teammates lost one- or two-point decisions in true-second matches Saturday in the Section 2AAA Tournament.
ROCHESTER - Iowa Central Community College had three champions and seven wrestlers earn All-America status as the Tritons captured the NJCAA Division national title Saturday. Top-ranked William Rainey Harper dethroned Ridgewater as the Division III champion after it had eight wrestlers earn All-America honors. Ridgewater won its first-ever national title last year after having four wrestlers place in the top eight. In this year's tournament, the Warriors were fourth among Division III teams and 12th overall.
HUTCHINSON - A senior-led Montevideo team won the Section 3A swimming title Saturday and will send its three relays to the state meet at the end of this week at the University of Minnesota. Willmar, a young team without seniors, will also send its three relays. No Cardinals qualified individually but the team did have 23 personal bests in the two-day event. Montevideo swimmers also qualified for 10 individual swims. Seniors Brad Vickers, Casey Enevoldson, Jeremy Melby and Paul Jerve will compete in the maximum four events each and Andy Spaeth, also a senior, in three.
All but one of the top seeds won its opening-round games of the Section 3AA-North girls basketball tournament Saturday. Top seed Benson beat No. 8 Morris/Chokio-Alberta 54-42, No. 2 MACCRAY upended No. 7 Montevideo 56-36, No. 3 Yellow Medicine East clipped No. 6 BOLD 58-51 and No. 5 Lac qui Parle Valley rallied to upset No. 4 West Central 57-53. Montevideo will host the remainder of the tourney starting with Tuesday's semifinals, which pits MACCRAY and YME at 6 p.m. and Benson and LQPV at 7:30 p.m. The sub-section final is slated for 7 p.m.
MARSHALL - Dawson-Boyd moved into the Section 3A-North semifinals after getting the best of Renville County West for the third time this season, this time posting a 49-36 win Saturday at Southwest Minnesota State. Dawson-Boyd (18-6) now plays Lincoln HI Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. back in Marshall. RCW (12-12) owned a 25-23 lead at halftime, but Dawson-Boyd limited the Jaguars to just four field goals and three free throws in the second half.
ORONO - The Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato were knocked from the Section 6A boys hockey playoffs on Saturday by No. 3-seed Orono 3-0. The Dragons had won five of six at the end of the season to give them hope, but the Spartans beat the upstarts for the third time this season. Zach Barnum scored twice for Orono, which will play Holy Catholic Family in the semifinals. No. 1 seed Delano ousted No.
Non-Conference Osakis 86, Minnewaska 61 Wade Lang had 26 points and Leif Nomeland followed with 25 to help Osakis (23-0) stay unbeaten. Jordan Holte led Minnewaska (13-10) with 10 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals. Jordan Johnsrud added 13 points. Minnewaska (13-10)...........23 38 - 61 Osakis (23-0)......................42 44 - 86 MINNEWASKA - 21-51 FG (2-11 3 pt); 17-26 FT; 20 rebounds; 23 fouls ...
ST. PAUL - Carrie Hanson, Benson/KMS junior, just missed a medal at the Class A state meet on Saturday. Her score of 36.7625 put her in eighth place, only .23 out of sixth place which is the last spot to medal. It was Hanson's fifth state meet. Other area entrants were unable to crack the top 20 at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium, RiverCentre. Emma DeGeest of New London-Spicer finished her career with a 31st place finish all-around. She also competed as an eighth-grader. Her NLS teammate Lindsey Evermann placed 22nd on bars. Perham won its third straight title scoring 150.125.
Section 4A 103 pounds FIRST ROUND: Justin Sather, DB, techfall John Eustice, Ort, 2:00 ... Tyler Carlson, KMS, pin Jesse Lundebrek, Ben, 3:23 QUARTERFINALS: Sather pin Tyler Fagen, RCW, 1:56 ... Brett Citrowske, Can, pin Levi Berends, MAC, 4:23 ... Sam Derynck, Min, pin Carlson 3:52 ... Austen Cole, YME, dec Colby Judovsky, LQPV, 16-2 SEMIFINALS: Sather dec Citrowske 15-4 ... Cole dec Derynck 9-4 CONSOLATION: Judovsky pin John Eustice, Ort, 2:33 ... Berends pin Lundebrek :33 ... Carlson dec Judovsky 10-7 ... Berends dec Fagen 5-4 ... Citrowske dec Carlson 7-4 ...
Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Hancock vs. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Belgrade, 7:30 p.m. Morris at Minnewaska, 7:30 p.m.