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Seven Card wrestlers earn spots in state

Willmar's Israel Navarro had no problem in his semifinal match during Saturday's Section 8AAA individual meet. Curt Hogg / Tribune1 / 6
Willmar's Israel Navarro grapples his way to state at 120 lbs. during Saturday's Section 8AAA individual meet. Curt Hogg / Tribune2 / 6
Willmar's Cael Carlson grabs his opponent during a quarterfinal match at 138 lbs. during Saturday's Section 8AAA individual meet. Curt Hogg / Tribune3 / 6
Willmar's Cael Carlson pins his opponent during a quarterfinal match at the Section 8AA individual meet on Saturday. Curt Hogg / Tribune4 / 6
Willmar's Caden Carlson grabs hold of an opponent's ankle during a semifinal match at the Section 8AAA individual meet. Curt Hogg / Tribune5 / 6
Willmar's Ethan Roux wrestles during the quarterfinals en route to earning a state berth during Saturday's Section 8AAA individual meet. Curt Hogg / Tribune6 / 6

ST. CLOUD — Seven Willmar wrestlers earned spots in this weekend's Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament, five by way of winning Section 8AAA championships on Saturday at St. Cloud Apollo High School.

The state tournament is March 1-3 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Willmar's Caden Carlson won the 106-pound championship with a 6-4 sudden victory over Bemidji's Seth Newby in the title match. The win avenged Carlson's loss to Newby last week.

Israel Navarro won the 120 title with a 10-1 major decision over Sartell's Jackson Penk. Navarro earned his fourth state tournament spot.

Clay Carlson placed first at 132 pounds, pinning Brainerd's Kyle Patnode in 1:10 in the championship match. He won two matches by fall and a third by a 19-7 major decision. Carlson will wrap up his senior season with his third state tourney appearance.

Cael Carlson won the 138 championship with a pin of Brainerd's Brad Patnode in 46 seconds. He won three matches by fall. Carlson, who placed second in state the last two years, will be making his third state tournament appearance.

Ethan Roux earned his first state tourney spot with a True Second win by pin in 1:24 over Bemidji's Alan Wuori at 160 pounds. Roux rebounded after a loss to No. 2-ranked Austin Brenner of St. Cloud Tech in the title match

Lincoln Shinn won the 170 championship with a 6-2 win over St. Cloud Tech's Graham Nistler in the title match.

At 285, Charlie Farhat edged Little Falls' Ryan Graves by a 3-1 sudden victory in the third-place match, then earned an 8-4 win over Moorhead's Gunnar Olstad in the True Second match to lock down a state tournament berth. Farhat climbed all the way back to reach the True Second match after losing in the quarterfinals, winning each of his last four bouts to finish in second.

Section 8AAA

How Willmar fared

Key: (Weight, name, won-loss, place)

106: Caden Carlson 4-0 (champion) ... 113: Jack Roehl 3-2 (fifth place) ... 120: Israel Navarro 4-0 (champion) ... 126: Josh Miley 4-2 (third place) ... 132: Clay Carlson 4-0 (champion) ... 138: Cael Carlson 4-0 (champion) ... 145: Grant Deegan 4-2 (fourth place) ... 152: Bryce Erickson 3-3 (sixth place) ... 160: Ethan Roux 4-1 (true second) ... 170: Lincoln Shinn 4-0 (champion) ... 182: Kaden Streed 4-2 (fifth place) ... 195: Josiah Swanson 3-3 (sixth place) ... 220: Andrew Reigstad 4-2 (third place) ... 285: Charlie Farhat 6-1 (true second)