Swegarden takes 4th in 145-pound state division
After enduring three straight years of losing in the section semifinals, United Clay Becker senior Mason Swegarden broke through and won the Section 8-2A 145-pound division, making it his second berth in the state wrestling meet.
Now Swegarden is a state placer.
The UCB captain and the all-time leader in wins at Lake Park-Audubon, wrestled his way to a fourth-place finish in the 145-pound division.
Swegarden won his first two matches with a 4-1 victory in the opening round over Aaron Sweeney of Watertown-Mayer Friday inside the Xcel Energy Center. He advanced to the semifinals after a convincing 17-6 win over Monticello’s Jake Berthiaume.
In the semifinals, Swegarden lost to eventual state champion Brady Berge of Kasson-Mantorville 11-4, while falling to Jacob Steibauer of Waconia in the bronze bout 6-4.
UCB sophomore Jonah Lange made his state debut at 170 pounds, where he lost to Cannon Falls’ Derek Johnson in the first round 10-2. Lange was eliminated after Johnson lost his match in the quarterfinals.
Class 2A state individual meet at the Xcel Energy Center, Friday-Saturday, Feb. 28-March 1.
United Clay Becker results:
145-pound bracket results: First Round: Mason Swegarden, United Clay Becker def. Aaron Sweeney, Watertown-Mayer/Mayer Lutheran 4-1; Jake Berthiaume, Monticello def. Myles Smith, MAHACA 12-4; Brady Berge, Kasson-Mantorville def. Rodolfo DeLao, Simley fall 151; Aaron Senne, North Branch def. Seoulec Gunvalson, Benilde-Saint Margaret’s 2-0; Jacob Steinbauer, Waconia def. Cody Ferris, Becker 12-5; Jackson Schauer, Grand Rapids def. John Rankin, South Saint Paul fall 140; Alexi Bode, Fosston/Bagley def. Dylan Johnson, Quad County 6-5; Ryan Kottschade, Plainview-Elgin-Millville def. Pierce Rothenbacher, Totino-Grace 12-2
Championship Quarterfinals: Mason Swegarden def. Jake Berthiaume 17-6; Brady Berge def. Aaron Senne 20-5 tf; Jacob Steinbauer def. Jackson Schauer 8-7; Ryan Kottschade def. Alexi Bode 9-6
Championship Semifinals: Brady Berge def. Mason Swegarden 11-4; Ryan Kottschade def. Jacob Steinbauer 10-6
Fifth: Aaron Sweeney def. Alexi Bode 7-1
Third: Jacob Steinbauer def. Mason Swegarden 6-4
Championship: Brady Berge def. Ryan Kottschade tf 25-9 417.
First Round: Blake Schroeder, Worthington def. Billy Merth, Saint Paul Highland Park 7-5; Josh Selly, Tri-City United def. Cole Schmitz, Perham fall 127; Billy McClay, Princeton def. Andy Bigelow, Kasson-Mantorville 1-0; Luke Kelvington, Foley def. Maximo Serrata-Sawdey, Minneapolis Patrick Henry 9-1; Derek Johnson, Cannon Falls def. Jonah Lange, United Clay Becker 10-2; Bobby Lee, Becker def. Joe Virga, Chisago Lakes Area 5-3; Derek Dahlke, Scott West def. Michael Avwunuma, Simley 7-1; Joe Weeding, Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle/Montevideo United def. Carter Burn, Benilde-Saint Margaret’s 7-4.