While Isaiah Thompson reached the semifinals on his bid for two straight state championships, the six other Laker wrestlers struggled on day one of the Minnesota Class AA individual state tournament at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul Friday, March 1.
"It's a completely different experience down there," senior Charles Barnett said. "Everybody wrestles at such a high level. The experience of being down there surrounded by like 3,000 people, it's one of the coolest thing ever. It was absolutely intimidating to have that many eyes on you but it was exhilarating."
All six lost their first round matches and only half of the group got to wrestlebacks.
At 113, Logan Vaughan of Kasson-Mantorville defeated DL’s Cade Jackson in a 12-4 major decision and Jackson was eliminated by Becker’s Ethan Anderson 5-0.
DL’s 120-pounder Bradly Swiers lost by technical fall 22-5 to Robby Horsman of Kasson-Mantorville. Princeton’s Landen Parent shutout Swiers 16-0 in wrestlebacks.
Hutchinson’s Christian Kurth advanced at 182 pounds over the Lakers’ Noah Olds in a 15-3 major. Olds was pinned by Jacob Schmitz at 4:34 in an elimination match.
The three other Lakers’ seasons were stopped after one match.
Cade Okeson was pinned by Waconia’s Tyson Peitz at 1:11 of the 106-pound match. Okeson was eliminated when Peitz lost his quarterfinal to Mason Gehloff (Waseca) in a 6-4 decision.
At 138, DL’s Fabyon Greer mounted a comeback after being down 12-4 in the third period against Zimmerman’s Joe Gardas but fell short in a 13-9 loss. Carter Entinger (Watertown-Mayer/ML) ended Greer’s tournament with a 1-0 decision over Gardas.
Heavyweights Chad Maddock (Redwood River Valley) and DL’s Charles Barnett started off with a nine-point first period with Barnett leading 5-4. Maddock escaped for the only second period point and a five-all tie. Barnett was down to start third and nearly escaped in the opening minute before Maddock got a cradle and turned Barnett leading to an 8-5 victory.
First round DL results:
106: Tyson Peitz (Waconia) over Cade Okeson fall 1:11
113: Logan Vaughan (Kasson-Mantorville) over Cade Jackson 12-4
120: Robby Horsman (Kasson-Mantorville) over Bradly Swiers 22-5
138: Joe Gardas (Zimmerman) over Fabyon Greer 13-9
170: Isaiah Thompson over Elijah Sterner (Marshall) 11-7
182: Christian Kurth (Hutchinson) over Noah Olds 15-3
285: Chad Maddock (Redwood River Valley) over Charles Barnett 8-5
Mason Gehloff (WASE) over Peitz (WACO) 6-4 (Okeson eliminated)
Ethan Anderson (BECK) over Jackson (DL) 5-0 (Jackson eliminated)
Landen Parent (PRIN) over Swiers (DL) 16-0 (Swiers eliminated)
Carter Entinger (WMML) over Gardas (ZIMM) 1-0 (Greer eliminated)
Jacob Schmitz (DACO) over Olds (DL) fall 4:34 (Olds eliminated)
Brandon Swanson (NOBR) over Maddock (RRV) fall 0:28 (Barnett eliminated)
170 Isaiah Thompson (DL) over Matthew Jeska (NKG) fall 3:14
State Semifinals (Saturday, March 2 - Session 5: 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Isaiah Thompson (DL) 43-3 vs Mitch Garnatz (WACO) 42-11
Charlie Gellerman (BILA) 38-6 vs Nolan Wanzek (SIM) 32-14