State Class A wrestling: Bos motors forward
ST. PAUL — Last year’s loss at the state wrestling tournament didn’t hurt Brady Bos one bit. In fact, he was encouraged by the fact he had gotten as far as he did, finishing fourth in his weight bracket.
But this season, the Pipestone Area senior and the son of head coach Brian Bos knew that if he worked for what he wanted, he could build upon last season.
Bos carried into the state tournament a 35-2 record and won a 7-4 decision against Paynesville Area’s Devin Meagher and a 4-1 decision over West Central Area/Ashby/Evansville junior Royal Crow Friday to do just that.
Bos will meet Chatfield senior Harvey Friederichs (47-1) in today’s semifinal round scheduled for 10:45 a.m. He is one of nine area wrestlers that have reached the Class A semifinal round at the state tournament inside the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
“I’ve had two losses but they probably could have been turned around. I’ve had a great year and have had great teammates. I’ve just been having a ball all year,” Bos said. “I want to be somebody’s worst enemy on the mat. I feel like nobody can beat me, so I’m going to go out in every match confident that I can be somebody’s worst enemy.”
Even in his confident spirit, Bos knows that not every win will come easily for him. His quarterfinal-round bout didn’t, after all.
“He was a good kid and was a long and lanky kid. I’m not a big fan of long and lanky kids because they’re hard to wrestle,” Bos joked. “It was a good match. He was very skilled and had a great standup. I just tried to get the first takedown and then I rode him out.
“I have a little bit of butterflies in me but I have a kid I think I can beat,” Bos said of today’s semifinals. “I hope I can just come out guns blazing and see what I can do.”
Bos is of three qualifiers this season for the Arrows. Eighth-grader Michael Suda won a consolation quarterfinal Friday evening to keep going on that side of the 113-pound bracket while Will Smith, a junior at 182 pounds, finished his tournament with a second loss in the consolation semifinals to an Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City opponent.
“We were 18-9 and finished second in the conference. Michael is something special and has finished with over 35 wins in the last two years,” coach Bos said. “It will keep me coaching for about the next few years. We bounced Will up to 182 pounds at sections because we felt we had a chance there. Man, did he make the coaching staff look smart. He was the sixth seed in the section and battled his way to the state tournament. He’s wrestled hard but kind of had a tough draw here.”
Eight others wrestling in semifinal
Jackson County Central senior Jordan Biehn squeaked past Holdingford junior Zach Scott in an 8-7 decision in the quarterfinals and earned himself a spot in the semifinals today. He bested Badger/Greenbush-Middle River sophomore Nicholas Kaml by 17-4 major decision in the first round. Biehn’s opponent today will be Triton senior Patrick Ramirez (29-5). Biehn totes a 38-4 record into the match.
At 132 pounds, Windom/Mountain Lake junior Jared Willaby won an opening round match by 10-3 decision and followed it with another decision, 7-2 against Lake Crystal/Wellcome Memorial’s Levi Marsh, to send him into a semifinal today with Kimball Area’s Quinten Berres.
At 152, Jackson County Central junior Paden Moore joins Bos as a semifinalist. Moore won decisions in the opening round and the quarterfinals for a chance at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City’s Logan Peterson, who comes into the match at 43-1 on the year. Moore is 41-3.
Luke Norland, a senior wrestling at 160 pounds for Jackson County Central, will wrestle St. Charles senior Andrew Dayland in the semifinals after wins in the first two rounds. Norland is 41-3.
Keegan Moore, unbeaten at 43-0, won two matches by fall Friday to send him into the semifinals. He won his quarterfinal-round bout by pin in just 48 seconds. He will face Border West senior Austin Maanum today.
Vince Johnson, a senior for Windom/Mountain Lake, will wrestle at 195 pounds in the semifinals. Johnson won an 8-3 decision in the first round and another, 8-3, in the quarterfinals. Johnson’s semifinals opponent is Hunter Fick, a junior fro West Central Area/Ashby/Evansville.
Preuss, Slater wrestling for third place
Adrian sophomore Michael Preuss lost in the first round of the state tournament at 132 pounds but returned to win his first round consolation match. He will continue his path for third place today. Junior 170-pounder Jesse Slater, losing to JCC's Keegan Moore at 170 pounds in the quarterfinals, will also go for third place after he won his first consolation match. At 138 pounds, Tony Lynn injury defaulted out of the tournament for Adrian.
At 170 pounds for Wabasso/Red Rock Central, junior Jordan Schroepfer dropped into the consolation bracket after a 6-1 decision taken in the first round. Losing his first wrestleback by 6-1 decision, his tournament ended.
At heavyweight, Jackson County Central’s Nathan Horn lost an opening round match by 3-0 decision and ended his tournament, losing by 1-0 decision in the consolation quarterfinals.