TROJAN WRESTLING: Luft, Hagen advance to Class AA semifinals
ST. PAUL -- Worthington wrestlers Anthony Luft and Carson Hagen came to St. Paul seeking state championships Friday.
Both of them still have their dreams intact after the first day of competition at the MSHSL Class AA Individual Wrestling State Tournament.
Luft (36-1) and Hagen (31-5 at 195 pounds) each secured victories in the first and quarterfinal rounds Friday to advance to the state semifinals, which begin at 11:15 a.m. today.
At 120 pounds, second-ranked Luft had little trouble.
He cruised through a 14-2 major decision against Waterville-Elysian-Morristown/Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton's Dylan Wolff before posting a 16-1 technical fall over Princeton's Timmy Bialka.
"I have the mindset of going out there and thinking I'm going to win by controlling the match," said Luft, a junior, who faces Fergus Falls senior Tyler Giza (41-2) in the semifinals. "You have to push around your opponents and adjust to match. That's where you can take control."
Luft will attempt to control Giza, who is ranked sixth at 120.
At 195, 10th-ranked Hagen had to work to earn a pair of upsets. He knocked off Richfield's Chandler Arredondo 4-0 before stunning Crookston's Josh Edlund 4-3 in triple-overtime.
Arredondo had been rated seventh, while Edlund was ranked third at 195 heading into the state tournament.
"My coaches call me OT ... it's become my nickname," said Hagen, who faces Kasson-Mantorville's Broc Berge (45-2) in the semifinals. "This is the sixth match I've won this season in overtime or later. I think I won seven or eight times in overtime or later last season. I've never lost in overtime."
Tied at 2, Hagen and Edlund headed to extra time, where the first period went by without any scoring. Edlund escaped in the second overtime to grab a 3-2 lead, but Hagen knotted the match at 3 after Edlund was whistled for stalling.
"I came into the third overtime, knowing that I had to get out no matter what," said Hagen, who took a 4-3 lead in the third extra session.
"(Edlund) won the flip and chose down to start the second overtime," Hagen said. "I hadn't held him down before, so he got out pretty quickly. From there, I used an underhook and I was really pushing on him. I could see that he was backing away because he didn't like it. That's where I earned the stalling point."
Hagen will be attempting to defeat his third rated opponent at the state tournament. Berge is the top-ranked wrestler at 195.
Adrian Area's Tony Lynn (126) and Jesse Slater (170) both won first-round matches, but were both defeated in the quarterfinals.
Slater remains alive in consolation round, while Lynn's consolation result was not available before press time.
All of the other Daily Globe-area wrestlers lost first-round bouts and either dropped into the consolation brackets or were eliminated.
MSHSL INDIVIDUAL WRESTLING
At Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul
Daily Glob-area competitors
106: Gabe Shea (Kasson-Mantorville) decision Skylar Hieronimus (Adrian Area), 8-0.
113: Jakob Stageberg (New London-Spicer) pin Ryan Elias (Adrian Area), 3:59.
120: Griffin Parriott (New Prague) decision Jaydan Bullerman (Adrian Area), 1-0.
120: Anthony Luft (Worthington) major decision Dylan Wolff (Waterville-Elysian-Morristown/Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton), 14-2.
126: Tony Lynn (Adrian Area) decision Colin Ayers (Waterville-Elysian-Morristown/Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton), 6-4.
145: Mack Short (Simley) decision Eli Dooyema (Luverne), 12-5.
152: Nathanael Holecek (Thief River Falls/Goordich) decision Matthew Slater (Adrian Area), 7-2
160: Wayne Voss (Simley) decision Ben Loosbrock (Fulda/Murray County Central), 7-3
170: Jesse Slater (Adrian Area) decision Antonio Wagener (St. Paul Harding), 10-5.
195: Carson Hagen (Worthington) decision Chandler Arredondo (Richfield), 4-0.
220: Clay Broze (Cannon Falls) major decision D.J. Reker (Luverne), 17-5.
120: Anthony Luft (Worthington) technical fall Timmy Bialka (Princeton), 16-1
126: Ty Griffin (Rockford) decision Tony Lynn (Adrian Area), 6-4
170: Corben Hansen (Kasson-Mantorville) decision Jesse Slater (Adrian Area), 7-0.
195: Carson Hagen (Worthington) decision Josh Edlund (Crookston), 4-3, 3OT
Consolation First Round
106: Jake Allar (Benilde-St. Margarets) decision Skylar Hieronimus (Adrian Area), 10-8. Skylar Hieronimus eliminated.
113: Ryan Elias (Adrian Area) eliminated by Jakob Stageberg (New London-Spicer) loss in championship quarterfinals.
120: Jaydan Bullerman (Adrian Area) eliminated by Griffin Parriott (New Prague) loss in championship quarterfinals.
126: Tony Lynn (Adrian Area) decision Noah Bernier (Thief River Falls/Goodrich), 8-2.
145: Jordan Hanan (Annadale/Maple Lake) pin Eli Dooyema (Luverne), 2:21. Eli Dooyema eliminated.
152: Morgan Parriott (New Prague) decision Matthew Slater (Adrian Area), 1-0. Matthew Slater eliminated.
160: Ben Loosbrock (Fulda/Murray County Central) decision Blake Bergeron (Crookston), 6-2.
170: Jesse Slater (Adrian Area) decision William Parks (Perham), 3-0.
220: Cody Nylander (Perham) decision D.J. Reker (Luverne), 5-2. D.J. Recker eliminated.
120: Anthony Luft (Worthington) vs. Tyler Giza (Fergus Falls)
195: Carson Hagen (Worthington) vs. Brock Berge (Kasson-Mantorville)
Consolation Second Round
126: Tony Lynn (Adrian Area) vs. Zach Siegle (Scott West)
160: Ben Loosbrock (Fulda/Murray County Central) vs. Andrew Fogarty (Scott West)
170: Jesse Slater (Adrian Area) vs. Isaac Florell (Totino Grace)