State wrestling: Quarterfinals set in Class A competition
ST. PAUL — Fifteen of the area's Class A state entrants remain alive on the championship side of the 2014 Minnesota State High School Wrestling Tournament, staged today and Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center.
The quarterfinal round is now set, meaning that eight wrestlers remain in each weight bracket. The championship quarterfinals begin at 4:30 p.m. today.
At 106 pounds in Class A, Jackson County Central eighth-grader Dalton Wagner won by 20-5 technical fall against Pine Island freshman Noah Bauer. Wagner will face Crosby-Ironton freshman Caleb Kreitter in the quarterfinals. Adrian sophomore Skylar Hieronimus won by fall in 2:45 over Blue Earth Area sophomore Adam Legred. Hieronimus will face Fertile-Beltrami sophomore Willie Meine next.
At 113 pounds, Pipestone Area eighth-grader Michael Suda put together a first-round major decision, winning 17-7 against Brennan Holien of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City. He will meet LeSueur-Henderson junior Austin Anderly this afternoon. Losing a first-round bout was Windom/Mountain Lake junior Wyatt Stevens.
Wabasso/Red Rock Central senior Spencer Jenniges remained unbeaten on his season with a first-round win at 120. He will meet Pierz senior Brandon Sullivan in the quarterfinals. Losing first-round matches were Joe Fischenich of Windom/Mountain Lake and Ryker VanderWoude from JCC.
At 126 pounds, JCC senior Jordan Biehn kept a four-loss record intact with a 17-4 major decision over Badger/Greenbush-Middle River in the opening session. Biehn will now wrestle Holdingford junior Zach Scott in the quarterfinals.
Windom/ML junior Jared Willaby picked up a win for his Cobras, taking Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena junior Kyle Michalek to a 10-3 decision at 132 pounds. Willaby forges on in the tournament and will face Levi Marsh, a junior from Lake Crystal-Wellcom Memorial. Also at 132, Adrian sophomore Michael Preuss lost to Sibley East's Jason Meyer.
At 138 pounds, Adrian junior Tony Lynn won a close 5-4 decision over River Valley's Sam Baier. Lynn advances to wrestle Hank Friederichs of Chatfield.
Jackson County Central junior Paden Moore and Pipestone Area senior Brady Boss each picked up wins for their respective teams at 152 pounds. Moore's was a 1:24 pin that advanced him to face Aitkin sophomore Fred Novak next. Bos won by 7-4 decision in the first round and will wrestle West Central Area/Ashby/Evansville junior Royal Crow in the quarterfinals.
Huskies junior Luke Norland won a 13-3 major decision at 160 pounds in the first round, against Pelican Rapids sophomore Hobet Diaz. Norland will face off against Eden Valley-Watkins senior Cain Renner in the quarterfinals.
At 170 pounds, Adrian junior Jesse Slater and JCC sophomore Keegan Moore were both victors. Slater will wrestle Moore next. Wabasso/Red Rock Central junior Jordan Schroepfer lost a first-round match by 6-1 decision.
Windom/Mountain Lake senior Vince Johnson started on the right foot at 195, winning an 8-3 decision over United North Central senior Tristan Palmer. Johnson will now face Madelia/Truman/Martin Luther junior Jake Denn.
At heavyweight in Class A, Dover Eyota sophomore defeated Jackson County Central junior Nathan Horn by 3-0 decision and Wabasso/Red Rock Central senior Alex Schroepfer remained unbeaten with a :32 fall against Wabasha-Kellog's Mike Schively.