Minnesota state high school wrestling: Fairmont/MCW 2nd in AA; T-M-B/W-WG third in A
ST. PAUL -- Section 3A wrestling champion Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove gathered third place in the Minnesota state high school tournament at Xcel Center in St. Paul Thursday, and Fairmont/Martin County West was second in Class AA.
Fairmont/Martin County West opened the tournament with a 45-16 win over South St. Paul, then a narrow 30-28 victory over second-seeded Scott West followed. Fairmont/MCW, the third Class AA seed, was beaten by top-seeded Kasson-Mantorville 49-9.
F/MCW's only wins against Kasson-Mantorville came at 113 pounds as Jaxson Rohman won a 3-1 victory, at 152 where Miles Fitzgerald won 2-0, and at 195 where Collin Steuber won 9-2.
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove, the fourth seed in Class A, won its first match 63-7 over Kenyon-Wanamingo, then lost in the semifinals 35-18 to No. 1 seed Zumbrota-Mazeppa. In the third-place match, T-M-B/W-WG beat third-seeded Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville 38-18.
T-M-B/W-WG's first win in the third-place match came at 106 pounds as Ayden Horner won by 5-3 decision. Teammates Derek Ellingson won at 126 (18-8) and Anthony Axford at 145 (fall in 3:37). The Section 3A champs won the last six matches of the match from 160 to 285. Nash Mayer won by fall in 1:37 at 160, Trevor Eisfeld won 12-5 at 170, Jace Paplow won 3-0 at 182, Austin Buchholz won by 16-7 major decision at 195, Tyler Timm won by fall in 4:39 at 220, and Sam Bauer won 5-4 at 285.
The individual tournament begins today (Friday) and concludes with championship matches on Saturday.