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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ST. PAUL — At the conclusion of the state wrestling semifinals at the Xcel Energy Center, the tournament's championship final matches are set. Six area wrestlers will vie for state championships tonight, including five in Class A and one in Class AA. In the Class AA semifinals, Worthington senior Anthony Luft turned his opponent, Tyler Funk of Foley, for a two-point near fall with time expiring in their match.
ST. PAUL — While it may have been just one loss amongst many matches Anthony Luft has wrestled over his many years of experience, he still remembers one setback early in the 2013-14 season. It was a 4-1 match in the semifinals of Redwood Valley’s Rumble on the Red Tournament just after Christmas. The setback — to Class AA’s now top-ranked David Flynn from Scott West — was likely ingrained in Luft’s mind as he stepped onto the mat again to face Flynn, this time in the Class A quarterfinals Friday at the state wrestling tournament in St.
ST. PAUL — Last year’s loss at the state wrestling tournament didn’t hurt Brady Bos one bit.
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.
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.
ST. PAUL — To rebound from a loss and turn around to take third place in a big tournament is a character test not for the faint of heart, but the Jackson County Central Huskies were up to the task. In the third-place dual of Thursday’s team state wrestling tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul, Jackson County Central, as the fifth seed, finished above their rating to defeat Frazee, 33-32.
ST. PAUL – Another state title won't be in the cards for Jackson County Central. The Huskies suffered a hard-to-swallow blow in the Class A state semifinals today, 38-25, to No. 1 Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City. The greatest the Huskies can finish is third, and the loss ends a four-year run of state titles.
ST. PAUL — The Jackson County Central Huskies seem to prefer taking things one step at a time, and today they’ll take part in the team portion of the Class A State wrestling tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in search of their fifth straight state crown. The first hurdle for the Huskies to clear will be Minneota/Lincoln-HI, a team that defeated Adrian in the Section 3A final to reach the state tournament. JCC — currently ranked fifth in its class — enter the tournament as the fifth seed and is Section 2A’s champion. Minneota is the fourth seed but is ranked third in Class A.
WINDOM — After winning six of its last seven boys basketball games, Jackson County Central set a tone that even it couldn’t keep up with in Section 3AA tournament play at a nearly full gym at Windom Area High School. But St. James Area’s defensive focus in the lane may have had something to do with that. Both teams shot lights out from beyond the arc through the first half, but it was the Saints who made a decisive move just before halftime that carried them on to pick up their 76-57 win over the Huskies and forge on in the postseason.
ST. PETER — Boasting nearly all of the key pieces it takes to be successful in the game of boys hockey, the Luverne Cardinals will seek to once again put it all together — as they have for the past 27 games this season — in Wednesday night’s Section 3A championship against New Ulm at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. Luverne’s near-miss came against St. Michael-Albertville in the Schwan Cup Tournament Dec. 25 in Blaine.