REDWOOD FALLS - Four Fairmont/Martin County West Red Bulls have punched their ticket to the Class AA Individual State Wrestling Tournament after finishing in the top two during Section 3AA wrestling action on Saturday in Redwood Falls.
Trevor Schultz and Joe Weber finished first, while teammates Kory Brown and Colton Hines claimed second-place honors to reach the state tournament that starts at 9 a.m. on Friday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
The Class AA, No. 1-ranked 106-pounder, Schultz earned the 9-1 major decision over Class AA, No. 10-ranked 106-pounder Skylar Hieronimus from Adrian for the 106-pound title.
Schultz pinned Dawson-Boyd/Lac Qui Parle Valley's Donny Bothun in 54 seconds during the semifinal match, to advance to face Hieronimus in the final.
Weber, the Class AA, No. 8-ranked 152-pounder, edged the Luverne's Zach Gillette 6-3 in the 152-pound semifinal match.
Weber then completed his victory run, and claimed his third tournament title, defeating Adrian's Matt Slater 3-1 in the 152-pound final.
Brown downed Adrian's Adam Garms in a 10-5 decision in the semifinals to reach the 195-pound championshp match.
The Red Bull then squared off against the Class AA, No. 10-ranked 195-pounder Carson Hagen from Worthington.
Hagen defeated Brown 8-3 in the final, giving the Fairmont/Martin County West junior the second-place finish.
The Class AA, No. 3-ranked 285-pounder, Hines defeated Marshall's Austin Nath in a 7-2 decision in the semifinals of the 285-pound bracket to reach the championship.
The Class AA, No. 2-ranked 285-pounder Brandon Schmitt from Dawson-Boyd/Lac Qui Parle Valley defeated Hines 8-1 in the championship, giving him second-place honors.
Section 4A Meet
Madelia/Truman/Martin Luther senior standout Adam Cooling coasted to back-to-back technical falls during Saturday's Section 4 Individual Meet in Le Sueur to earn yet another trip to the Class A state wrestling meet.
Cooling, the undefeated and Class A, No. 1-ranked 160-pounder, however, will not make the trip to the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul alone.
Class A, No. 8-ranked 132-pounder Bryon Forstner and 195-pounder Jake Denn will join their Jayhawk teammate during Friday's 1 p.m. preliminary matches after posting second-place finishes during the sectional tournament in Le Sueur.
Cooling, who's compiled a 40-0 record this season, will aim at his second straight Class A state championship after winning the 145-pound crown a year ago.
Cooling opened sectional semifinal action on Saturday by rolling to a 17-2 technical fall over Sibley East's Austin Kube.
The Jayhawk senior sensation then put on a takedown clinic in generating a 20-5 technical fall over Trinity School at River Ridge's Noah Pehrson in the 160-pound finals.
Forstner and Denn earned their spots in the Class A state competition by fending off true-second challenges in their respective weight classes.
Forstner gained the section's 132-pound finals by posting an 11-7 semifinal victory over Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial's Devan Hagge.
Sibley East's Austin Brockhoff, who holds the No. 7 spot in the Class A rankings, then edged Forstner via a 5-2 decision during the championship match.
Forstner, however, bounced back to outscore Norwood Young America's Davis Colley in the true-second match, 11-9, to advance to state.
Denn followed a similar path to the Twin Cities by producing an 8-3 semifinal victory over LCWM's Jesse Grunderson to reach the 195-pound finals.
Top-ranked Nathan Rose of Sibley East, however, pinned Denn in 3:43 to win the gold medal and force the Jayhawk sophomore to face a true-second challenge from NYA's Matt Ditsch.
Denn merited the 195-pound division's second state berth by posting a 12-4 major decision over Ditsch.
MTML senior Jon Whitney earned a fourth-place medal at the sectional meet. Trinity School at River Ridge's Dietrich Balsbaugh edged Whitney, 5-3, during 145-pound semifinal action the Jayhawk grappler squared off against No. 1-ranked Grant Mueller of NYA in the third-place match.
Mueller posted a 9-0 major decision over Whitney before earning a state bid by upsetting Balsbaugh in the true-second challenge, 9-2.
Section 3AA Individuals
at Redwood Falls
106: Champion: Trevor Schultz (F/MCW) maj. dec. Skylar Hieronimus (Adrian), 9-1. 3rd: Hser Eh Pwae (WOR) pinned Donny Bothun (United), 3:36. 5th: Toby Semler (Marshall) dec. Christan Kanten (Montevideo), 6-2.
113: Champion: Jordan Bothun (United) dec. Ryan Elias (Adrian), 9-3. 3rd: Colten Specht (QC) maj. dec. Kesmond Willert (Marshall), 10-2. 5th: Clayton Hartle (F/MCC) dec. Mitchell Ascheman (MAHACA), 4-0.
120: Champion: Anthony Luft (WOR) dec. Jaydan Bullerman (Adrian), 3-2. 3rd: Trevor Fagen (QC) dec. Nick Erbes (Marshall), 7-3. 5th: Bailey Eickhoff (Montevideo) dec. Adam Fodness (Luverne), 7-6.
126: Champion: Tony Lynn (Adrian) maj. dec. Logan Axford (TMB/WWG), 15-5. True second: Spencer Suflow (Montevideo) dec. Axford, 6-5. 3rd: Suflow pinned Evan Nelson (MAHACA), 5:56. 5th: Elijah Gronewold (F/MCW) pinned Zach Kluver (QC), 3:30.
132: Champion: Riley Roth (Marshall) dec. Logan Knoshal (Montevideo), 10-3. True second: Knoshal pinned Travis Ostby (MAHACA), 3:49. 3rd: Ostby pinned Dylan Johnson (QC), 1:28. 5th: Michael Preuss (Adrian) pinned Action Herman (United), 3:35.
138: Champion: Dillan Johnson (MAHACA) dec. Hunter Heitkamp (Adrian), 10-5. True second: Kirby Winson (QC) maj. dec. Heitkamp, 12-3. 3rd: Winson dec. Ramzi Gregoire (Marshall), 7-6. 5th: Jordan Clarke (F/MCC) dec. Joe Schomaker (Montevideo), 10-4.
145: Champion: Keith Abraham (United) dec. Eli Dooyema (Luverne), 5-4. True second: Dooyema dec. Logan Rogers (Adrian), 11-9. 3rd: Rogers pinned Miles Smith (MAHACA), 1:59. 5th: Wyatt Hatch (QC) won by injury default.
152: Champion: Joe Weber (F/MCW) dec. Matthew Slater (Adrian), 3-1. 3rd: Austin Peterson (TMB/WWG) dec. Mason Kwilinski (Montevideo), 7-1. 5th: Zach Gillette (Luverne) maj. dec. Brandon Bratsch (QC), 9-0.
160: Champion: Garth Ochsendorf (United) pinned Ben Loosbrock (F/MCC), 2:25. 3rd: Zach Kempema (WOR) pinned Spencer Oeltjenbruns (Luverne), 4:45. 5th: Seth Nelson (MAHACA) dec. Zach Fischer (QC), 8-2.
170: Champion: Jesse Slater (Adrian) maj. dec. Connor Metzger (MAHACA), 11-2. 3rd: Joe Weeding (United) pinned Tanner Michelson (TMB/WWG), 0:45. 5th: David Nelson (Montevideo) won by injury default.
182: Champion: Campbell Hofstetter (Marshall) dec. Jordan Staab (United), 5-2. 3rd: Wyatt Aubert (Luverne) pinned Virgil Cerda (WOR), 4:55. 5th: Aaron Lalim (QC) pinned Jordan Flinn (Montevideo), 1:53.
195: Champion: Carson Hagen (WOR) dec. Kory Brown (F/MCW), 8-3. 3rd: Adam Garms (Adrian) pinned Brayden Kvistero (RWV), 2:46. 5th: Trey Cox (QC) pinned Jared Hollan (Marshall), 3:22.
220: Champion: JD Struxness (United) pinned Joel Harrison (MAHACA), 1:44. True second: DJ Reker (Luverne) pinned Harrison, 5:24. 3rd: Reker dec. Brian Behrends (F/MCC), 7-3. 5th: Justin Varpness (Marshall) pinned Luis Figueroa (F/MCW), 5:16.
285: Champion: Brandon Schmitt (United) dec. Colton Hines (F/MCW), 8-1. 3rd: Austin Nath (Marshall) pinned Cody Rofshus (Luverne), 1:10. 5th: Brier Bossman (QC) dec. Aaron Benson (F/MCC), 6-4.
Section 4A Individual
At Le Sueur
(Top 2 advance to state)
106: Championship: Austin Anderly (Le Sueur-Henderson) dec. Wyatt Stevens (Windom/Mt. Lake), 7-5 in OT. True 2nd: Stevens pinned Zeke Doge (Norwood Young America), 3:11. 3rd Place: Doge dec. Brandon Laborde (Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial), 3-2. 5th Place: Mario Gomez (River Valley) pinned Mario Garcia (St. James), 3:40.
113: Championship: Joe Fischenich (Windom/ML) dec. Cody Hanson (St. James), 5-2. 3rd Place: Josh Hendel (NYA) dec. Mitch Heibel (Sibley East), 5-4. 5th Place: Jeremiah Colon (Madelia/Truman/Martin Luther) major dec. Wallace Michels (LCWM), 10-0.
120: Championship: Louie Sanders (LCWM) dec. Richard Soto (St. James), 12-5. True 2nd: James Goman (Trinity School at River Ridge) major dec. Soto, 10-2. 3rd Place: Goman pinned Nathan Thomes (Sibley East), 5:59. 5th Place: Hunter Quiring (Windom/ML) pinned Ben Barth (NYA), 2:32.
126: Championship: Jared Willaby (Windom/ML) dec. Jason Meyer (Sibley East), 5-3 in OT. True 2nd: Meyer dec. Sam Baier (River Valley) 7-5 in OT. 3rd Place: Baier major dec. Bryant Ridgeway (TSRR), 13-5. 5th Place: Jayden Grommersch (LCWM) dec. Isaac Pfeffer (MTML), 9-4.
132: Championship: Austin Brockhoff (Sibley East) dec. Bryon Forstner (MTML), 5-2. True 2nd: Forstner dec. Davis Colley (NYA), 11-9. 3rd Place: Colley dec. Devan Hagge (LCWM), 11-5. 5th Place: Jacob Suess (Windom/ML) won by injury default over Isaac Carreon (St. James).
138: Championship: Taner Trembley (LCWM) dec. Hunter Retzlaff (Sibley East), 3-2. 3rd Place: Jared Wickenhauser (NYA) dec. Ryan Hernandez (St. Agnes), 17-16. 5th Place: Alexis Flores (River Valley) pinned Tyler Westman (St. James), 2:09.
145: Championship: Mitch Wentzlaff (Sibley East) dec. Dietrich Balsbaugh (TSRR), 6-5. True 2nd: Grant Mueller (NYA) dec. Balsbaugh, 9-2. 3rd Place: Mueller major dec. Jon Whitney (MTML), 9-0. 5th Place: Tanner Elliot (LCWM) pinned Kody Curry (St. James), 1:55.
152: Championship: Chris Pfarr (LSH) major dec. Ben Matter (Windom/ML), 13-4. True 2nd: Zack Gleiter (St. James) pinned Matter, 5:36. 3rd Place: Gleiter dec. Josh Johnson (St. Agnes), 5-3. 5th Place: Jake Wentzlaff (Sibley East) pinned Sam Swanson (TSRR), 5:18.
160: Championship: Adam Cooling (MTML) tech. fall Noah Pehrson (TSRR), 20-5. 3rd Place: Andrew Larson (Windom/ML) pinned Austin Kube (Sibley East), 3:29. 5th Place: Ari Harnitz (LCWM) pinned John Klein (LSH), 5:31.
170: Championship: Aaron Bates (Sibley East) dec. Davantay Corey (LCWM), 6-4. 3rd Place: Ryan Westman (St. James) major dec. Jake Junker (Windom/ML), 10-2. 5th Place: Cody Wigfield (NYA) dec. Clayton Colling (LSH), 5-1.
182: Championship: Vince Johnson (Windom/ML) dec. Devin Wolle (St. James), 5-0. 3rd Place: Tim Krueger (River Valley) dec. Brandon Ashton (Sibley East), 3-1. 5th Place: Shane Nelson (LCWM) pinned Tom Carlson (St. Agnes), 1:53.
195: Championship: Nathan Rose (Sibley East) pinned Jake Denn (MTML), 3:43. True 2nd: Denn major dec. Matt Ditsch (NYA), 12-4. 3rd Place: Ditsch pinned Jesse Grunderson (LCWM), 3:39. 5th Place: Kevin Henry (St. Agnes) dec. Chris Johnson (St. James), 5-4.
220: Championship: Nick Meixell (LCWM) dec. Miah Dufrane (Sibley East), 4-2. True 2nd: Dufrane dec. Adrian Torres (St. James), 5-3. 3rd Place: Torres dec. Aaron Flatgard (Windom/ML), 6-3. 5th Place: Steve Smith (NYA) pinned Malik Johnson (St. Agnes), 3:55.
285: Championship: Lance Briard (River Valley) pinned Victor Torres (St. James), 2:11. 3rd Place: Jordan Stevens (NYA) pinned Neil Liftin (Windom/ML), 5:20. 5th Place: Clay Mogard (Sibley East) pinned Lucas Gens (LCWM), 1:53.