Frazee takes the state consolation championship
ST. PAUL - The Frazee wrestling squad had a nice recovery after a bit of struggle in the early stages of the Class 1A state meet by winning the consolation championship in team competition.
The Hornets fell in the quarterfinals to eventual state runner-up and No. 2 seeded Kenyon-Wanamingo 35-22, but rebounded with a convincing 49-15 win over Royalton/Upsala in the consolation semifinals Friday.
From there, the unseeded Hornets sealed up the consolation top prize with a 42-25 win over Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial.
No. 1 seeded Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg won the team championship after defeating Kenyon-Wanamingo 32-25.
All four top seeds advanced out of the quarterfinals, while No. 4 Medford toppled No. 3 ACGC for the bronze.
Hornets start fast in
consolation semi win
The Frazee Hornet wrestling team rebounded Friday with a convincing 49-15 win over Royalton/Upsala in the Class 1A team consolation semifinals inside the Xcel Energy Center.
The Hornets started quickly and didn't let up by winning the first five matches to take a 19-0 lead, including a pin registered by Wade Huckriede at the 125-pound slot.
Frazee collected three straight decisions to kick of the dual, starting with an action-packed 103-pound bout and ending with Hornet Jordan Ketter topping Dan Borash 9-8.
Tanner Ellenberg and Myrle Schermerhorn won at 112 and 119, respectively, which preceded Huckriede's pin.
Royalton/Upsala took weights 135 through 145 to pull to within 23-12, but Brandon VanWaterMulen's fall on Kyle Wentland stopped the bleeding for Frazee.
From there, Tyler Blauert added a pin on Ethan Sczublewski for a commanding 35-15 lead.
Frazee capped the bout with three straight falls by Cody Nunn, Kody Lafraniere-Sorenson and Ben Lujan.
Frazee struggles out of the gates
Not everything went as planned for the area wrestlers during the MSHSL state wrestling meet over the course of the first two days of action inside the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Out of the seven state qualifiers from Frazee, only Hornet senior 171-pounder Nunn made it out of the quarterfinals.
The senior Hornet held on to win a close quarterfinal match by the score of 3-2 against Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale's Matt Moenkedick.
Nunn -- who was ranked No. 6 in the state at 171 and Moenkedick No. 3 -- was able to register the match's only takedown with 53 seconds remaining in the third period.
From there, Nunn was able to ride Moenkedick out, although the Frazee grappler was aggressive in doing so.
"I knew if I kept pushing and pushing and pushing, I would get a takedown sooner or later," said Nunn, who broke the 1-1 tie after two periods. "After getting that takedown, I was pushing the action to possibly gain a stalling on him, since he already had one warning. I just had to be safe about it."
Nunn opened the tournament with a 6-3 win over LeSuer-Henderson's Josh Willaert.
"There was just a lot of rolling around in that one," Nunn said of his preliminary win. "I had some key takedowns early and was able to ride him out in the last period."
Nunn fell to No. 2 ranked Ben McPhail of Pine Island in the semi's on a narrow 3-2 decision, then lost to ACGC's Micah Larson in the wrestleback.
The Frazee 171-pounder finished with a fifth-place finish, though, after defeating Pelican Rapids' Tyler Wilson 10-3.
The only other Hornet to survive the preliminary round was 140-pound Lucero, who defeated Myles Moreno of Hayfield 3-2.
The No. 2 ranked Lucero was matched up with No. 9 ranked Jason Arvidson of Parkers Prairie in the quarters, which turned out to be just as tight a bout.
The two wrestled to a 2-2 tie heading into the third period, where Arvidson recorded an escape after starting in the down position.
Arvidson did an effective riding job on Lucero the final 40 seconds to post the upset and send the Hornet to the wrestlebacks.
Blauert made the long trek through the wrestlebacks after his preliminary loss, by going 3-2 to finish in fifth, after he posted a 4-3 decision on Medford's Jake Elzen in the medal round.
Other Frazee wrestlers losing in the preliminaries included Trevor Stilke (103), Hukriede (125), Rij Koehnen (130), Blauert (160) and Lafaniere-Sorenson (189).
The Hornets couldn't overcome an early 25-0 deficit, as Kenyon-Wanamingo was too strong at the start, winning the first six matches -- with three of them producing two pins and a major decision.
Frazee went on to win four consecutive matches to pull to 25-19, including technical falls by Blauert and Nunn, but it was too little, too late for the Hornets.
Mahnomen/Waubun junior William Hunt finished fourth in the 160-pound Class 1A division after going 4-2.
MSHSL Class 1A state team meet, Wednesday-Saturday, March 4-7, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
103 6 points Fall 119
Taner Trembley LakeCrystlWellcomeMemorial
Trevor Stilke Frazee
112 3 points 8-5
Tanner Ellenberg Frazee
Branden Schultz LakeCrystlWellcomeMemorial
119 3 points 6-5
Myrle Schemerhorn Frazee
Spencer Yackel LakeCrystlWellcomeMemorial
125 3 points 3-2
Dakota Yarger LakeCrystlWellcomeMemorial
Wade Huckriede Frazee
130 6 points Fall 328
Rij Koenen Frazee
Davantay Corey LakeCrystlWellcomeMemorial
135 6 points Fall 258
Dylan Yarger LakeCrystlWellcomeMemorial
Tyler Ziegler Frazee
140 4 points 10-1
Mike Lucero Frazee
Aaron Hutchens LakeCrystlWellcomeMemorial
145 6 points Fall 243
Casey Nunn Frazee
Eric Hood LakeCrystlWellcomeMemorial
152 4 points 16-5
Cody Tibbetts LakeCrystlWellcomeMemorial
Brandon VanWaterMulen Frazee
160 4 points 20-7
Tyler Blauert Frazee
Thomas Sandt LakeCrystlWellcomeMemorial
171 6 points Fall t338
Cody Nunn Frazee
Denver Colin LakeCrystlWellcomeMemorial
189 6 points Fall 47
Kody Lafreniere-Sorenson Frazee
Nate Meixell LakeCrystlWellcomeMemorial
215 6 points Fall 113
Tyler McMonagle LakeCrystlWellcomeMemorial
Jamie Holmer Frazee
285 4 points 19-10
Ben Lujan Frazee
Mathew Johnson LakeCrystlWellcomeMemorial.
Class 1A individual results:
CLASS A INDIVIDUAL
103 -- Hayden Zillmer, Crosby-Ironton dec. Zach Keller, Medford 12-5. 112 -- Christian Skillings, Minneota dec. Jake Long, Canby 7-0.
119 -- Bronson Steuber, Jackson County Central dec. Austin Peters, Medford 5-3.
125 -- Drew Lexvold, Kenyon-Wanamingo major dec. Curt Maas, Medford 10-1.
130 -- Jason Sunderman, LeSueur-Henderson dec. Tony Vaske, River Valley 5-3.
135 -- Jon Kerzman, Paynesville Area dec. Jordan Novak, New York Mills 11-9.
140 -- Jake Long, West Central Area dec. Zach Kanzenbach, Medford 10-6.
145 -- Ryan Thompson, Benson dec. Jordan Bendson, Staples-Motley 10-8.
152 -- Tyler Yule, Medford dec. Cody Tibbetts, Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial 9-5.
160 -- Kevin Steinhaus, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg major dec. Tucker Freeman, Madelia/Truman/Martin Luther 14-3.
171 -- Mitch Hagen, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg dec. Ben McPhail, Pine Island 7-2.
189 -- Joel Bauman, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg dec. Alex Bach, Maple River 5-3.
215 -- McKale Evenson, Pelican Rapids dec. Hoss Roemer, Wabasha-Kellogg 9-3.
285 -- Jon Farnell, Chatfield dec. Jake Lee, Blue Earth Area 5-1.
103 -- Mitch Andrews, Border West pinned Ted Berckes, Canby 1:29.
112 -- Hayden Rouser, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City dec. Oakley McLain, Kenyon-Wanamingo OT 1-0.
119 -- Beau Buysse, Minneota dec. Austen Cole, Yellow Medicine East 5-4.
125 -- Ethan Hildebrandt, Saint James dec. Tyler Pasvogel, Sibley East OT 2-1.
130 -- Jessie Regalado, Jackson County Central dec. Matt Schroeder, Southland 4-3.
135 -- Cody Goldschmidt, BOLD dec. Sam Derynck, Minneota 8-3.
140 -- Casey Field, Yellow Medicine East dec. Cooper Moore, Jackson County Central 5-2.
145 -- Colton Schlaak, New Richland-H-E-G dec. Aaron Zimmer, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 5-2.
152 -- Jake Braaten, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale dec. Mark Evjen, Hayfield 10-5.
160 -- John Gusewelle, Sauk Centre dec. William Hunt, Mahnomen/Waubun 9-2.
171 -- Micah Larson, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City dec. Matt Moenkedick, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 7-3.
189 -- Brian Anderson, Redwood Valley dec. Thomas Uttermark, MACCRAY 4-3.
215 -- Mat Willner, Blue Earth Area dec. Evan Stock, Yellow Medicine East 6-3. 285 -- Brad Wollum, Canby tech fall Aaron Rose, Sibley East 4:27 16-1.
103 -- Shane Novak, New York Mills dec. Isaac Novacek, Badger/Greenbush-Middle River OT 6-4.
112 -- Travis Borchert, Browerville/Eagle Valley pinned Logan Otomo, Dover-Eyota 1:24.
119 -- Storm Booe, Badger/Greenbush-Middle River pinned Brett Pfarr, LeSueur-Henderson 3:21.
125 -- Julius Stone, Browerville/Eagle Valley dec. Myrone Bell, New York Mills 5-3.
130 -- Devin Scott, Holdingford dec. Javier Portillo, Crookston 7-4.
135 -- Dylan Yarger, Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial dec. Mariano Portillo, Crookston 2-1.
140 -- Joey Posivio, Sibley East dec. Jason Arvidson, Parkers Prairie 5-1.
145 -- Nate King, Zumbrota-Mazeppa dec. Shawn Johnson, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton OT10-8.
152 -- Collin Jergenson, Minnewaska Area major dec. Stephen Erlandson, Breckenridge/Campbell-Tintah 13-4.
160 -- Tyler Blauert, Frazee dec. Jake Elzen, Medford 4-3.
171 -- Cody Nunn, Frazee dec. Tyler Wilson, Pelican Rapids 10-3.
189 -- Tayler Yliniemi, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton tech fall Brandon Manderschied, Minnewaska Area 6:00 15-0.
215 -- Brad Kneisl, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg pinned A J Dryer, United South Central 1:21. 285 -- Luke O'Reilly, Goodhue dec. Zach Nevala, United North Central 9-4.