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Swegarden takes 4th in 145-pound state division

UCB senior Mason Swegarden defeats Watertown-Mayer’s Aaron Sweeney during the first round of the Class 2A state 145-pound division. Swegarden finished fourth overall last weekend in the state meet inside the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

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.

Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.