Wrestling: Several area grapplers clinch state berths at individual section championships
A roundup of area section wrestling individual tournaments
The individual section wrestling tournaments took place over the weekend where several area grapplers secured spots in their respective state tournament brackets.
The top two place finishers out of each weight class are headed to the Xcel Energy Center to compete for individual gold Mar. 3-5. In each section tournament, the second and third place wrestlers competed for the second spot in each weight class.
Bradly Swiers and Tyson Ullyott won Section 8-2A championships on Saturday at Melrose high school.
At 138-pounds, Swiers defeated Thief River Falls’ Cale Geiser in a 4-2 decision in the title match. Swiers also beat Albany’s Mason Plumski in a 13-2 major decision and Perham’s Jonathan Ramos by fall in 2:43.
Ullyott won the individual title at 145-pounds as the top seed in the field. He cruised pastUnited Clay Becker’s Ryan Francis in his second-round match before earning a major decision win over Albany’s Owen Calson 14-2. Ullyott beat Sauk Centre-Melrose’s Jose de los Santos 7-3 to win the 145-pound championship.
Cade Jackson is headed to the state tournament with a true second place finish. He started his run with a pin over Pequot Lakes-Pine River-Backus’ Earl Stockman in 45 seconds. He then pinned Albany’s Peyton Krumrei in 3:07 before suffering a 2-1 decision defeat to TRF’s top-seeded Cody Wienen. Jackson clinched a spot at state with a no contest in the true second place final.
Jeffrey Moen had a similar path to Jackson for his state berth in the 8-2A heavyweight field. He pinned Perham’s Reese Willprecht in 3:39 before pinning UCB’s Wyatt Dunham in 1:55. Albany’s Jacob Adrian won the section title with a 7-5 decision win over Moen, who then advanced to state with a no contest second place.
Detroit Lakes had three other wrestlers place sixth at sections this weekend. Beau Somdahl (113), Cade Okeson (152) and Connor Zamzo (195) all finished on the podium.
Four Yellowjackets are headed to state, including a pair of section champions.
In the 182-pound weight class, Brian Ramos cruised to a section title. He beat Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton’s Casey Macziewski by technical fall in the semifinals before dominating Albany’s Hunter Tate to the tune of another technical fall win.
Chandler Mickelson also took home first place in the field of 120-pound wrestlers. He pinned Detroit Lakes’ Evan Northup in 2:52 before beating DGF’s Jacob Luebke 9-1 in a major decision in the finals.
Hudson Hackel finished second in the 195-pound bracket. He took down Detroit Lakes’ Zamzo in a 4-2 decision and Albany’s Declan Crumley by fall (1:14) before falling to PL-PR-B Corbin Knapp in a 1:38. Hackel advanced to the state tournament with a no contest in the true second place match.
Blake Lorentz beat Alexandria’s Kelly Johnson by a 4-1 decision in the true second place match to earn a spot at state. Lorentz came in as the second seed at 152-pounds. He pinned UCB’s Ethan Anderson in 1:23 before knocking off PL-PR-B’s Chance Abraham by fall in 5:45. TRF’s Griffin Lundeen beat Lorentz 9-0 in the title match, which set up Lorentz’s win over Johnson a round later.
The Yellowjackets had five other wrestlers finish in the top six. Jaxson Vetsch (220), Braylon Rach (160) and Nick Peters (126) all took fourth place, while Kaden Felt (145) and Carson Byer (132) finished sixth.
United Clay Becker Bulldogs
Taylor Johnson is headed to the state tournament after finishing second for the United Clay Becker Bulldogs at 126-pounds. He beat Sauk Centre-Melroses’ Mitchell Christian in a no contest after falling to top-seeded Caleb Ruhl of PL-PR-B in the title match. Wyatt Dunham also took third place in the 285-pound bracket.
Jake Nagel was one of six Frazee Hornets to finish in the top three in the Section 8A tournament on Saturday. Nagel took first place in the 152-pound bracket with a 4-2 decision win over UNCW’s Hank Tellers.
Cade Nagel took second place at 113-pounds with a fall victory over badger-Greenbush-Middle River’s Elliot Isane. He’s headed to state with Daniel Graham (170), who beat UNCW’s Mason Plautz in a no contest for true second place. Bailey Peichel (132) also took second place with a 4-2 decision win over Crookston’s Casey Weiland to round out the four Hornets that will compete in St. Paul.
Cash Osterman (106) and Tyler Moe (138) finished in third place in their respective weight classes for Frazee.
Domanik Nielsen and Will Olson are the two Thunderbirds headed to the state tournament this winter out of Mahnomen-Waubun.
Nielsen won the 113-pound Section 8A title with an 11-4 decision win over Cade Nagel. Olson cruised in the true second place match against Crookston’s Spencer Ness to an 11-4 decision win.
New York MillsOf the seven New York Mills Eagles that finished in the top three in their individual Section 6A tournament brackets, four of them are headed to state. Simon Snyder won the 1450-pound title, while Dane Niemi took home the 152-pound championship. Bren Salo won 182-pound gold for the Eagles.
Sawyer Weddle is headed to state in the Class A heavyweight division with a second-place finish at sections. Jay Mindermann (132), Blake Unger (170) and Braeden Peterson (195) all took third.