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BBE's Canon Swanson holds on for position against Sibley East's Dayne Morton during the Class A 120 pounds championship during the state wrestling tournament Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Jake Schultz / Tribune2 / 11
Willmar's Cael Carlson tries to take down Apple Valley's Brady Gross during the Class AAA 138 pound championship at the state wrestling tournament Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Jake Schultz / Tribune3 / 11
Litchfield's Afton Kaping celebrates a victory during the state wrestling tournament Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Jake Schultz / Tribune4 / 11
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Willmar's Clay Carlson takes down Apple Valley's Sebas Swiggum during the Class AAA 132 pound state title match Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Jake Schultz / Tribune6 / 11
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Willmar's Clay Carlson takes down Apple Valley's Sebas Swiggum during the Class AAA 132 pound championship match at the state wrestling tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Jake Schultz / Tribune8 / 11
Litchfield's Jerry Simes hangs on to Kasson-Mantorville's Robby Horsman during the Class AA state tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Jake Schultz / Tribune9 / 11
KMS' Will Magaard tries to flip Medford's Charley Elwood during the Class A 106 pound championship match at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Jake Schultz / Tribune10 / 11
Willmar's Cael Carlson hangs on to Apple Valley's Brady Gross during the Class AAA 138 pound state championship match during the state tournament Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Jake Schultz / Tribune11 / 11

ST. PAUL—Four area wrestlers etched their names in Minnesota state wrestling history, capturing state titles in an eventful Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center.

KMS' Will Magaard (106A), Willmar's Clay (132AAA) and Cael Carlson (138AAA), and BBE's Adam Jaeger (160A) each captured state titles for an impressive West Central Minnesota showing.

Both Carlsons and Jaeger each capped perfect seasons. Clay and Cael Carlson logged perfect 48-0 records and Jaeger finished his season at 34-0.

Magaard started the championship round with a bang, defeating Medford's seventh grade powerhouse Charley Elwood by a 10-7 decision for the 106-pound Class A title. The title is the first for a KMS Saint since Joel Bauman won it in 2010 for the second time.

Magaard nearly got caught on his back twice in the second round to the seventh grade star from Medford, but he used his experience to get the win, his 46th of the season.

"All of the hard work paid off," Magaard said. "I took him down right away and just kept after him. Now, I'm just going to eat."

The Carlsons couldn't focus on food with their adrenaline going following their state championship victories.

"I'm just going to crash and get some sleep," Cael said. "I'm not even hungry, I'm just so amped up. It's beyond words."

Clay, also still buzzing after capping his senior year off with a 10-4 decision victory over Apple Valley's Sebas Swiggum, said he could find a way to make some room for food.

"Steak and potatoes," Clay said. "That's what I want. I've been cutting weight for so long and it's worth it, but I'm ready for some steak and potatoes."

Cael, for the record, is an ice cream guy and just wants a treat of his choice from Cold Stone Creamery.

Jaeger battled for a 3-1 decision victory over Jackson County Central's Jacob Tvinnereim to earn the 152-pound state title in Class A. The Jaguar battled injury at the start of the year, but you wouldn't know it from the way her performed all season. He finished the tournament with an opening round pin, followed by three decisions to complete the blemish-free season.

His fellow BBE teammate, Canon Swanson, fell just short at 120 pounds, losing by a 4-0 decision to Sibley East's Dayne Morton in the final. Swanson wrapped up his sophomore season with a 47-3 record and a second place finish to his name.

United's Peyton Mortenson also lost by a four-point decision, this time to Cade Mueller from Waconia. The 5-1 loss put Peyton Mortenson at 41-3 to end the season, also in second place.

Seven other medalists joined the six finalists in the last session of the tournament Saturday evening. Israel Navarro, who was forced into the third place match following a freak pin in the semifinal to eventual runner-up Drew Woodley of Northfield, captured the third place title by a tight 2-1 decision win over Minnetonka's Boyd Mumbuwa.

BBE's Tyler Bents (132A) also went home with a third place finish, defeating Nate Hart of Ottertail Central 5-2.

Litchfield's Afton Kaping (132AA) and Chase Liestman (285AA) wrapped up their tournaments with fourth place finishes while Paynesville's Grant Ludwig (220A) wrapped up his senior year with a fifth place win.

BBE's Blaine Fischer (113A) and Litchfield's Jerry Simes (120AA) each took home sixth place.

Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament

How Area Wrestlers Fared


Class AAA


Caden Carlson, Willmar - lost to Charlie Dojan, IRON, 7-2. Eliminated


Israel Navarro, Willmar - pin Sam Wolf, CHAS, 2:57; dec. Hunter Lyden, EARI, 8-6; lost by fall Drew Woodley, NORT, 3:31; dec Adam Mickelson, APVA, 7-1; dec Boyd Mumbuwa, Minnetonka, 2-1. Third place


Clay Carlson, Willmar - tech fall Isaiah Baker, WBLA, 17-2 (4:20); tech fall Roman Rogotzke, EARI, 21-2 (4:22); tech fall Trey Kruse, STIL 22-7 (5:04); dec Sebas Swiggum, APVA, 10-4. State Champion


Cael Carlson, Willmar - pin Cain Van Ryn, 3:37; maj dec Gavin Peterson, MAGR, 12-0; UTB Colby Njos, ANOK, 6-4; dec Brady Gross, APVA, 2-0. State Champion


Ethan Roux, Willmar - lost by pin Riley Habisch, BUFF, 3:56; lost by dec Devin Roberts, APVA, 4-1. Eliminated


Lincoln Shinn, Willmar - maj dec Carter Lyons, EAGA, 13-2; lost by pin Grant Parrish, FOLA, 1:39; lost by inj def Josh Piechowski, STIL. Eliminated


Charlie Farhat, Willmar - lost by dec Brandon Frankfurth, ANOK, 4-0; won by pin Will Petersen, ROAR, 1:36; lost by dec Corey Guenther, NO, 4-0. Eliminated

Class AA


Blake Vagle, NLS - lost by pin Christian Noble, BILA, 5:22. Eliminated

Eddie Simes, Litchfield - lost by maj dec Landen Parent, PRIN, 10-0; lost by dec Ernesto Espino-Sanchez, SSP, 5-1. Eliminated


Jerry Simes, Litchfield - dec Ryan Nobush, MORA, 6-4; dec Jake Fitzpatrick, MAHT, 5-3; lost by dec Mitchel Petersen, BY, 4-1; lost by maj dec Robby Horsman, KM, 15-6; lost by Justin Stauffacher, SCWE, 1-0. Sixth place


Trevon Johnson, United - lost by pin Josh Holm, GRRA, 3:34, lost by inj def Ezra Kaping, Litchfield. Eliminated

Ezra Kaping, Litchfield - pin Mo Shay, SPWT, 0:49; lost by dec Josh Holm, GRRA, 8-5; won by inj def Trevon Johnson, United; lost by dec Cael Berg, SIM, 7-3. Eliminated


Afton Kaping, Litchfield - dec Tanner Paulson, KM, 6-4; lost by dec Tyler Shackle, SCWE, 8-6, dec Josh Clark, TOGR, 11-4; dec Cole Ranweiler, NUA, 7-3; dec Brock Luthens, Hutchinson, 5-3; lost by dec Tyler Shackle, SCWE, 7-1. Fourth place


Logan Nelson, Litchfield - lost by dec Jacob Hageman, SIM, 6-4. Eliminated

Peyton Mortenson, United - dec Sage Loredo-Hollon, STPE, 6-1; dec Kole Platt, NKG, 5-2; dec Braydon Ortloff, DE, 8-7; lost by dec Cade Mueller, WACO, 5-1. Second place


Austin Schmitt, United - lost by dec Gabe Zierden, ALBA, 6-4. Eliminated

Kal Jackman, Litchfield - dec Jacob Arends, DGF, 14-9; lost by pin Tyler Buesgens, SCWE, 0:42; won by pin Erik Snook, SCL, 2:13; lost by dec Collin Stueber, FMCW, 7-0. Eliminated


Gage Wevley, MAHACA - lost by maj dec Nate Schutz, TOGR, 10-1; lost by dec Reed Rasset, AMLL, 7-2. Eliminated


Chase Liestman, Litchfield - maj dec Manny Alvarez, COHE, 8-0; pin Luke Zaiser, SIM, 1:31; lost by dec Mitch Trigg, FOLE, 5-2; pin Cedric Williams, ROCO, 1:35;

Sam Henriksen, United - pin Alex Ranta, VIAR, 1:06; lost by dec Mitch Trigg, FOLE, 9-7; lost by dec Zach Carlson, CHLA. Eliminated

Class A


Will Magaard, KMS - pin Christian Peter, BCLB, 0:51; dec Ethan Arett, WERA, 10-3; maj dec Seth Goetzinger, CHAT, 13-4; dec Charley Elwood, MEDF, 10-7. State Champion

Kelvin Andrade-Ponce, ACGC - dec Anthony Sykora, WCAA, 11-10; lost by dec Carter Meiners, LBW, 3-2; lost by dec Zach Brown, CROO, 5-4. Eliminated


Blaine Fischer, BBE - won by forfeit Jeron Matson, KEWA; sudden victory Marshall Michienzi, DR, 6-4; lost by dec Trevor Janssen, BCLB, 9-5; lost by fall Carter Jonsagaard, LARP, 4:01; lost by tech fall Michael Miller, Frazee, 17-2. Sixth place

Jake Mortenson, ACGC - dec Justin Crandall, LBW, 4-2; lost by tech fall Ben Naddy, OCB, 17-2 (5:32); dec Beau Jurrens, ZM, 4-2; lost by sudden victory Carter Jonsagaard, LARP, 3-1. Eliminated


Hunter Mondor, Benson - lost by maj dec Marc Hendricks, OCB, 10-1. Eliminated

Ramzee Molinaro, ACGC - pin Sam Kulseth, SJA, 6:00; lost by fall Jace Gerving, DR, 5:45; dec Carter Haman, NYM, 6-4; lost by dec Marc Hendricks, OCB, 4-3. Eliminated

Canon Swanson, BBE - pin Caden Anderson, FCLM, 1:00; pin Jacob Leibold, RU, 1:18; dec Jackson Hale, GMLO, 6-2; lost by dec Dayne Morton, SIEA, 4-0. Second place


Tyler Jensen, BBE - lost by pin Cole Rasmussen, TRIT, 1:28. Eliminated

Hayden Strauman, ACGC - lost by dec Kaleb Getz, WCAA, 9-2. Eliminated


Shawn Rue, Paynesville - dec Collin Boese, HLWW, 7-3; lost by pin Hunter Burnett, PIAR, 5:19; dec Nolan Rommel, WK, 4-2; lost by dec Teddy Pesch, Minneota, 7-1

Tyler Bents, BBE - pin Trever Arceneau, BHVP, 4:38; dec Joash Lord, NYA, 7-3; lost by dec Mark Buringa, STCH, 6-3; maj dec Teddy Pesch, Minneota, 9-1; dec Nate Hart, OCB, 5-2. Third place


Jonathan Tostenson, KMS - lost by dec Alex Borsgard, WML, 3-0, lost by dec Payton Schiefelbein, KIAR, 5-3. Eliminated


Ayden Friese, Quad County - lost by maj dec Jake Mandt, CHAT, 12-1; lost by dec Anthony Axford, TMBW, 2-1. Eliminated

Caleb Collins, KMS - lost by dec Jack Ridgway, TSAR, 3-1. Eliminated


Adam Jaeger, BBE - pin Austin Donnay, KIAR, 1:44; dec Adam Rients, WEJW, 9-3; dec Mason Huemann, GOOD, 5-3; dec Jacob Tvinnereim, JCC, 3-1. State Champion

Dylan Rudningen, KMS - pin Tyler Gunderson, DR, 2:18; lost by dec Jacob Tvinnereim, JCC, 3-2; won by maj dec David Seymour, SH, 13-3; lost by fall Tommy Wentzlaff, SIEA, 2:06. Eliminated.


Isaiah Gilbert, BBE - lost by maj dec Jeremiah Colon, LCWM, 23-10. Eliminated

Grant Hendren, Minnewaska - lost by dec Ian Frenzel, BCLB, 3-2. Eliminated


Tyson Meyer, Minnewaska - lost by dec Kaleb O'Reilly, GOOD, 3-2. Eliminated


Dylan Stewart, Benson - lost by fall CJ Toedter, ACGC, 2:13. Eliminated

CJ Toedter, ACGC - pin Dylan Stewart, Benson, 2:13; lost by tech fall Caden Steffen, ZM, 25-10 (5:06); lost by pin Marshall Meehl, RU, 3:56. Eliminated


Tyler VanLuik, Minnewaska - pin Austin Buchholz, TMBW, 1:02; lost by dec Jake Erckenbrack, NYM, 10-6; pin Kehyan Porter, MNC, 2:32; lost by fall Morgen Moreno, WERA, 4:00 Eliminated

Ryan Torkelson, KMS - lost by dec Jacob Bennett, ZM, 7-1; lost by dec to Morgen Moreno, WERA, 6-4. Eliminated


Grant Ludwig, Paynesville - pin Dylan Nirk, WERA, 6:57; lost by dec Dominik Vacura, BGM, 10-4; pin Jackson Poepping, BARN, 1:52; maj dec Ryan Schoenfeld, GOOD, 13-5; lost by dec Kyle Schmidt, WHAN, 8-2; injury default Dominik Vacura, BGM. Fifth place

Bryce Schmidt, Quad County - lost by dec Luke Tweeton, FRAZ, 2-1. Eliminated

Tanner Berghuis, ACGC - dec Denver Noyes, CANB, 1-0; lost by sudden victory Kyle Schmidt, WHAN, 5-3; lost by dec Jarret Haglund, ZM, 3-2. Eliminated


Austin Einerson, BOLD - lost by dec RJ Ehlert, OCB, 3-2. Eliminated

Jake Schultz

Jake Schultz is a sports reporter and photographer for the West Central Tribune, working his first job out of college. He graduated from St. John's University (CSB/SJU) in 2016 and is a baseball fanatic. You can follow him on Twitter @StJake29. 

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