Zach is the Daily Globe sports reporter. He has previously been a sports editor at both the Waseca County News in Waseca, Minn., and The Emporia Gazette in Emporia, Kansas. He is originally from New Richland, Minn., and now lives in Worthington with his dog; a beagle-corgi mix named Homer. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family and friends, pontooning on St. Olaf Lake and watching professional and collegiate sports.
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Murray County Central and Southwest Minnesota Christian led the Red Rock Central Conference with three All-Conference selections each. The Rebels — which won the league title at 15-1 — put two seniors and a junior among the All-Conference honorees. Grant Rohrer and Noah Lupkes, both seniors, earned the league’s top honor with junior Cole Bassett joining them. Another senior, Jack Erickson, was also named Honorable Mention.
ST. PAUL — A heart-wrenching, 1-0 loss in the previous year’s state title bout would be enough to motivate any wrestler. Pipestone Area’s Michael Suda had that and more entering this season’s Class A State Wrestling Tournament. “It hurt a lot ending my final match like I did last year,” the 120-pound sophomore said. “That motivated me a lot. But to do it this year with my best friend, it’s amazing. We accomplished a goal we’ve had since third grade — being back-to-back state champions. Hopefully there will be a couple more.”
ST. PAUL —Keegan Moore and Skylar Hieronimus don’t appear to have a lot in common. Moore is Jackson County Central’s 182-pound wrecking ball on the wrestling mat. Broad-shouldered and muscular, he rarely walks off the mat without a pin, often playing to the crowd in his own energetic way before departing. Hieronimus — a 126-pounder from Adrian — is more calculated in his approach. Long and lean, he takes his time and racks up points with an occasional victory by fall. Win or rare loss, he is even-mannered and stoic before, during and after each match.
ST. PAUL — Hser Eh Pwae and Hser Moo Pwae both capped off their phenomenal Worthington High careers with top-five finishes at the state tournament Saturday. The twin brothers didn’t start wrestling until they were in eighth grade. On their final day of wrestling for the Trojans, head coach Mark Prunty rattled off a list of their accomplishments. Between them, they have five state tournament appearances and three medals.
WELLS — After an 8-8 start, Mountain Lake Area is rolling at the right time. The sixth-seeded Wolverines picked up their seventh consecutive victory Saturday in the first round of the Section 2A South playoffs. Third-seeded United South Central wasn’t able to hang on despite a halftime lead and MLA advanced with a 40-37 win. Signey Stoesz led the Wolverines with 18 points while Brook Sunderman poured in nine during the low-scoring affair. Chanah Brandt added five steals to the cause.