ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Edwards, Willaby and Borsgard off to strong start

ST. PAUL -- Scot Edwards, after briefly raising fans to their feet in the 2018 Minnesota state wrestling tournament before failing to place, started strong at the big meet on Friday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

ST. PAUL -- Scot Edwards, after briefly raising fans to their feet in the 2018 Minnesota state wrestling tournament before failing to place, started strong at the big meet on Friday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

The Adrian junior, who began the 2018-19 season ranked second at 285 pounds in Class A, began this year’s tournament with a fall in just 38 seconds over Mason Novitzki of Royalton-Upsala. A year ago, Edwards had fellow sophomore Craig Orlando of Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale/Parker’s Prairie on his back -- but not long enough, as Orlando righted himself and went on to win the championship.

This year’s state individual tournament also started perfectly for two Windom/Mountain Lake wrestlers hoping to improve on their places last year. Cobra senior Brett Willaby, who placed third in the Class A tourney last year at 113 pounds, won his 126-pound opener Friday with a fall at 5:06. It was against Wyatt Lahr of Royalton-Upsala, and Willaby was control throughout.

His teammate, Alex Borsgard, who finished fifth in 2018 at 138 pounds, was similarly impressive in his fall, in 3:55, over Ottertail Central’s Nik Gardin.

Later Friday, Edwards, Willaby and Borsgard attempted to qualify for today’s semifinal round with bouts in the quarterfinals.

ADVERTISEMENT

All three of them got through.

Edwards ran his personal 2018-19 record to 27-1 by pinning his quarterfinal opponent, Clayton Luthe of GMLOS, in 2:26. He will wrestle Tanner Berghuis of Atwater-Cosmos/Grove City in the semifinals today, with a chance to wrestle for a state championship tonight.

Berghuis, also a junior, owns a 45-1 record.

Willaby trailed his quarterfinal opponent, Anthony Sykora of West Central Area, 2-1 after one period, but while under standing control in the second period he reached behind him to grab Sykora’s head, and the resulting throw resulted in five points. Willaby was in full control, with a 10-4 lead in the third, when he finished it.

Willaby will take on Sam Kulseth of St. James Area in the semifinals. Willaby defeated Kulseth 9-2 in the Section 3A finals.

Borsgard gave Marcus Otomo no room to score in his quarterfinal bout. It was a battle of two physically strong matmen.

“A win is a win at this point. That’s all that matters,” said Borsgard. “He was a big, strong kid. Just gotta take what he gives me. Just stay in my tie-ups, don’t be in his. Control him.”

That he did. In the semifinals, Borsgard will wrestle Seth Brossard of Kenyon-Wanamingo, who is undefeated with a 46-0 record. Borsgard is 36-2.

Doug Wolter joined the Worthington Globe in December of 1983 as a sports reporter. He later became sports editor, and then news editor and managing editor. In 2006 he moved to Mankato with his wife, Sandy, and served as an editor at the Mankato Free Press. In 2013 he and Sandy returned to Worthington to take up the job of sports editor at The Globe, and they have been in Worthington since.

Doug can be reached at dwolter@dglobe.com.
What To Read Next
ST. CLOUD -- The Minnesota West women’s basketball team eased to victory over host St. Cloud Tech on Saturday, 93-40. But it was St. Cloud Tech getting the better of the West men’s team, 84-64.
WORTHINGTON -- Morris-Benson started well in both games, sweeping the Worthington Trojans girls and boys hockey teams on Saturday.
The Worthington Trojans earned their highest-ever place at a Minnesota Class A True Team meet with a score of 174.525. Big Lake won the meet with a score of 176.2.
Friday night high school sports roundup: