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State wrestling: Four Trojans reach state quarterfinals in Class AA

CALEB NELSON/DAILY GLOBE Worthington senior 126-pounder Anthony Luft looks to turn Chisago Lakes Area sophomore Aaron Sistrunk during their match in the first round of the state tournament in St. Paul.1 / 4
CALEB NELSON/DAILY GLOBE Worthington sophomore Hser Eh Pwae holds Scott West freshman Jackson Stauffacher on his back during their first-round match at the Xcel Energy Center Friday morning.2 / 4
CALEB NELSON/DAILY GLOBE Worthington senior Zach Kempema works over his opponent in their 160-pound match Friday morning at the state wrestling tournament.3 / 4
CALEB NELSON/DAILY GLOBE Fulda/Murray County Central sophomore Clayton Hartle wrestles Richfield senior Justin Swetala in the first round of state tournament action. Hartle won by fall at 4:59 of the match. 4 / 4

ST. PAUL — The Worthington Trojans wrestling team turned in a nearly-perfect 4-1 effort in the opening round of the state wrestling tournament at the Xcel Energy Center Thursday.

Winning matches for Worthington were Hser Eh Pwae (106), Anthony Luft (126), Zach Kempema and Blake Schroeder.

Eh Pwae, with a 5-2 decision over Scott West eighth-grader Jackson Stauffacher, will meet Hibbing eighth-grader AJ Bethea in the quarterfinal round. Defending state champion Anthony Luft won a major decision in his opener over Aaron Sistrunk of Chisago Lakes Area. He will face Scott West junior David Flynn (41-2) up next.

At 160, Kempema defeated New Prague senior Joe Heinz by 11-3 major decision to set up a quarterfinal-round match with Mahtomedi senior Carter Focht. At 170 pounds, Schroeder outlasted St. Paul Highland Park's Billy Merth in a 7-5 decision and will face Tri City United's Josh Selly in the quarterfinals.

At 195 pounds, Worthington junior Carson Hagen lost by 3-2 decision in the opening round. Hagen was a state place winner last year.

Fulda/Murray County Central sophomore Clayton Hartle battled to a pin at 4:59 of his first-round bout with Richfield senior Justin Swetala at 113. Hartle will now wrestle Simley seventh-grader Anthony Jackson.

Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove's lone qualifer, Logan Axford, picked up a first-round decision, winning 6-0 over North Branch Ried Johnson at 132. Axford's quarterfinal match will be against Zimmerman senior Hunter Smith.

Losing a match for Luverne was senior Spencer Oeltjenbruns at 182, where Zimmerman junior Austin May won by 4-2 decision.

The quarterfinal round for all classes begins today at 4:30 p.m.

Caleb Nelson
Caleb Nelson is the Daily Globe sports writer. He hails from southwest Iowa and served as sports editor at the Audubon County Advocate Journal there for 2 ½ years before moving to Worthington in October 2013. Caleb trys to enjoy life and everybody that he meets. He enjoys music, playing guitar and drums, and is an avid sports fan. 
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