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Minnesota state prep wrestling: Pipestone Area loses two by single point

ADAM WATTS Daily Globe ST. PAUL -- Thursday was a day of heartbreak for the Pipestone Area Arrows at the Minnesota State High School Wrestling Tournament, as they lost by a single point in both the opening round and the consolation semifinals at ...

ADAM WATTS

Daily Globe

ST. PAUL -- Thursday was a day of heartbreak for the Pipestone Area Arrows at the Minnesota State High School Wrestling Tournament, as they lost by a single point in both the opening round and the consolation semifinals at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

It’s a difficult way to end the season, but the Arrows aren’t going to let it get them down too much.

“To do what we did this year was incredible,” PA head coach Brian Bos said. “We made the whole town proud. I told them that I can’t thank them enough for what they did for me. I never thought I’d get here. But what a ride. We come up just one point short in two duals. We get the first one and maybe we’re wrestling for a championship.”

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The opening round dual between Pipestone Area and West Central Area all came down to the heavyweight match. The Arrows led 29-27 going into the match, and a victory by PA’s Dylan Arndt would seal it. But a victory by WCA’s Mason Nibbe would swing it the other way.

Nibbe won the match 10-6 as West Central Area won the dual 30-29. And it wasn’t without a bit of controversy.

“”(Arndt) wrestled his butt off,” Bos said. “I was surprised he kept it that close. I will forever believe that we had a takedown and a near fall -- he had the guy’s leg and he had a half in with the foot, it should have been a takedown and a near fall and we should have won the dual. And he went out and got one at the end here, I’m happy for him.”

A big second period for Nibbe, featuring two takedowns, a reversal and a near fall, gave the WCA heavyweight a commanding 10-5 lead entering the third. Arndt attacked with a flurry in the dual’s final period, but only managed one more point in the 10-6 loss.

And the tough losses didn’t end there for the Arrows.

In the Class A consolation semifinals, K-M-S’s Ryan Torkelson pinned Jamison Vanderwal in 1:03 and ended PA’s hopes of victory, taking a 13-point lead with only two matches remaining. The Arrows got back-to-back pins at 220 pounds and heavyweight from Sylas Stangeland and Arndt, but their combined 12 points brought the Arrows one point short at 37-36.

“Obviously we’re disappointed in what happened,” Bos said. “But I’m not disappointed in them, I’m not disappointed in the way they wrestled, I’m not disappointed in their effort, I’m not disappointed in them as young men. I’m very proud of them.”

PA managed five pins, and two decisions against K-M-S. Bill Olsen (145 pounds) pinned Jake Magaard in 4:51, Garrett Ploeger (182 pounds) pinned Marc Collins in 0:55, and Hunter Burnett (120 pounds) pinned Jared Carlson . Michael Suda (126 pounds) and Grant Budden (113 pounds) earned decisions for the Arrows.

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Suda, Stangeland, Burnett and Budden all went 2-0 for the Arrows. Suda pinned WCA’s Chris Onstad in 1:45 in the opening match, while Stangeland pinned Devan Stone in 0:44, Burnett earned a 20-4 tech fall over Drake Swanson, and Budden won an 8-7 decision over Kaleb Getz.

Though, the team portion of the state tournament didn’t go their way, PA is ready to regroup and focus on the individual tournament today. Suda and Burnett won individual state titles last year and are looking to add another pair of crowns to their shelves, while a handful of other Arrows will look to get some hardware of their own.

“We’re going to move into (Friday) and move into Saturday -- try to get a couple state champions and place a couple,” Bos said. “That’s the focus now.”

And as for the rest of this year’s, Arrows, they’re going to build on this experience and try to make it as a team next year.

“It was a good run,” Bos said. “I’m proud of the boys. It couldn’t get any closer, to have it come down to criteria. Hopefully we can repeat this thing and have a little experience down here and get it going again.”

WEST CENTRAL AREA 30, PIPESTONE AREA 29106: Jordan Lohse, WCA, pin Luke Ploeger 1:01113: Grant Budden, PA, dec. Kaleb Gets 8-7120: Hunter Burnett, PA, tech fall Drake Swanson 20-4126: Jake Nohre, WCA, maj. dec. Erik Lange 17-7132: Michael Suda, PA, pin Chris Onstad 1:45138: Emerson Winter, PA, dec. Hunter Mickelsen 8-3145: Kaden Spindler, WCA, dec. Bill Olsen 3-2152: Keaton Long, WCA maj dec. Mckinley Bush 11-1160: Tyler Onstad, WCA, maj dec. Logan Steenstra 11-1170: Levi Larkin, WCA, pin Garrett Ploeger 2:44182: Steven Czech, PA, dec. Alex Butcher 5-2195: Jamison Vanderwal, PA, dec. Wyatt Olson 6-3220: Sylas Sangeland, PA, pin Devin Stone 0:44285: Mason Nibbe, WCA, dec. Dylan Arndt 10-6KERKHOVEN-MURDOCK-SUNBURG 37, PIPESTONE AREA 36106: Will Magaard, KMS, pin Luke Ploeger 1:32113: Grant Budden, PA, dec. Kyle Meyer 9-3120: Hunter Burnett, PA, pin Jared Carlson, 1:53126: Michael Suda, PA, dec. Jacob Carlson 12-6132: Jonathan Tostenson, KMS, pin Carson Wipf 2:50138: Dylan Rudningen, KSM, tech fall Emerson Winter 18-3145: Bill Olsen, PA, pin Jake Magaard, 4:55152: Caleb Collins, KMS, dec. Mckinely Bush 5-0160: Derek Krieger, KMS pin Logan Steenstra 1:35182: Garrett Ploeger, PA, pin Marc Collins 0:55195: Ryan Torkelson, KMS pin Jamison Vanderwal 1:04220: Sylas Stangeland, PA, pin Brody Forsell 5:19285: Dylan Arndt, PA, pin Brody Forsell 1:27

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