Frazee quad place on Class 1A mat
There was a wall erected Friday inside the Xcel Energy Center, and several of the Frazee wrestlers hit it.
That wall came in the form of the Class 1A individual semifinals, as four Hornets climbed to the final four of their respected divisions, only to be halted there with an 0-4 showing.
All four of those Frazee grapplers would place, still giving the Hornets a very respectable showing in the Class 1A individual tournament, to which they sent a total of 10 athletes.
"Everyone but one of our wrestlers won a match at state," said Frazee head coach John Barlund. "I'm very proud of our four placers, too, they were all right in the mix. That (semifinal) round was a brutal one for us, but it was a tremendous accomplishment for the kids to reach that far."
Of the four semifinalists, Ben Anderson at 135 pounds and Derek Shipman at 140 each went on through the wrestlebacks to capture third-place hardware. Kerry Lockrem finished fourth at 145 and Mike Lucero was fifth at 103.
"We had close to seven placing, so we had a good showing (individually)," Barlund added.
Anderson and Shipman each finished 4-1 on the tourney, while Lockrem and Lucero were 3-2.
Jake Sailer was one victory away from placing with his 2-2 mark at 152, while the other state participants were Andrew Lockrem (125), Zach Sullinger (130), Justin Skillings (160), Austin Bachmann (189) and Nick Galbrecht (heavyweight).
MSHSL Class 2A individual state meet at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Thursday-Saturday, March 2-4.
Frazee individual results (weight, place, state record) -- Mike Lucero (103, 5th, 3-2): Lucero dec. Caleb Diercks (Goodhue) 4-2, (OT); Quarters: Lucero dec. Matt Benson (Clinton-Graceville) 5-2; Semi's: Jeremy Anderson (ACGC) dec. Lucero 8-2; Wrestlebacks: Zack Lambert (Bertha-Hewitt/V) dec. Lucero 5-1; Fifth: Lucero dec. Ian Peppel (Barnesville) 7-0.
Andrew Lockrem (125, DNP, 1-2): Lockrem dec. Tanner Skillings (Minneota) 3-2 (OT); Quarters: Jared Hotakainen (NYM) dec. Lockrem 4-1; Wresltebacks: Kirk Anderson (Barnesville) pin Lockrem 3:04.
Zach Sullinger (130, DNP, 0-2): Cameron Jurgenson (Dawson-Boyd) dec. Sullinger 3-2; Wrestlebacks: Tony Swanson (Norwood-YA) dec. Sullinger 3-1.
Ben Anderson (135, 3rd, 4-1): Anderson dec. Nick Pfaff (Milaca) 9-3; Quarters: Anderson dec. Keith Klein (Paynesville) 5-3); Semis: Krey Cory (New Richland) dec. Anderson 4-3; Wrestlebacks: Anderson dec. Brett Mlynar (Aitkin) 7-2; Third: Anderson won by inj. Default over Luke Bothun (Dawson-Boyd).
Derek Shipman (140, 3rd, 4-1): Shipman dec. Shane Fickes (Wheaton) 6-2; Quarters: Shipman dec. BJ Wasserzieher (Aitkin) 6-2; Semi's: Nate Willaert (Lake Crystal-WM) dec. Shipman 7-4; Wrestlebacks: Shipman dec. Travis Rath (BBE) 5-1; Third: Shipman dec. Jordan Gunufson (Fertile-Beltrami) 2-1 (2 OT).
Kerry Lockrem (145, 4th, 3-2): Lockrem dec. Matt Merrick (Chatfield) 7-5; Quarters: Lockrem dec. Gaven Schlaak (New Richland) 3-1; Semi's: Tad Merritt (Canby) dec. Lockrem 7-2; Wrestlebacks: Lockrem dec. Jake Nohl (Morris) 10-7; Third: Mitchell Altermatt (Wabasso) dec. Lockrem 7-2.
Jake Sailer (152, DNP, 2-2): Sailer dec. Matt Trio (Maple River) 5-4; Quarters: Brett Lennox (Wheaton) dec. Sailer 5-4; Wresltebacks: Sailer dec. Joel Bade (St. Clair) 8-3; Eric Wiener (Wabasha-K) dec. Sailer 2-1.
Justin Skillings (160, DNP, 1-2): Skillings pin Seth Klostreich (Breckenridge) :36; Quarters: Derek Stripling (Wabasso) dec. Skillings 5-4; Wrestlebacks: Rickey Peterson (Minneota) dec. Skillings 3-2.
Austin Bachmann (189, DNP, 0-1): Taylor Holland (New Richland-H-E-G) dec. Bachmann 10-3.
Nick Galbrecht (HWT, DNP, 1-2): Scott Saehr (Pierz) dec. Galbrecht 3-2; Wrestlebacks: Galbrecht pin Jeff Pagel (Dover-Eyota) 1:25; Evan Hacker (Canby) pin Galbrecht 2:28.