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PREP WRESTLING: Lynn and Borsgard set on a collision course

ST. PAUL -- Nate Lynn and Drake Borsgard are on a collision course - again. Both wrestlers advanced to the semifinals during Friday's Class AA individual state wrestling tournament at 130 pounds. And they are on the opposite sides of the bracket....

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Aaron Hagen/Daily Globe W/ML/B-O's Drake Borsgard (top) puts a move on Totino-Grace's Adam Seifert during their 130-pound match on Friday.

ST. PAUL -- Nate Lynn and Drake Borsgard are on a collision course - again.

Both wrestlers advanced to the semifinals during Friday's Class AA individual state wrestling tournament at 130 pounds.

And they are on the opposite sides of the bracket.

"Every win up here is just as good as the first one," said Borsgard, a junior from Windom/Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin. "Every kid up at state is tough. You just have to take every match one by one and get the wins when you can."

Borsgard had a relatively easy route to the semifinals.

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He won 16-2 in the first round before beating Simley's Mack Short 6-0 in the quarterfinals.

"It's definitely a great feeling," Borsgard said. "I knew that I had a tough couple of first matches. My first match, I went out there and I just wanted to beat him down as much as I could. I could have gone for the tech, but I didn't want to risk anything. So I just rode him out there. My second match, I had a 6-0 win, but the Simley kids are all tough. They have a great program."

Adrian's Lynn held on for a 1-0 win in the first round. He then had a convincing 10-2 victory to advance to the semis.

"I thought I wrestled pretty good so far," Lynn said. "I won both my matches. My first one, I'm glad I won that one. They were both pretty tough kids. The first one was a close one at the end, I had to hold on and hope he didn't get the two."

Lynn is looking to return to the finals after a disappointing tournament a year ago.

"It doesn't get old," the Adrian junior said. "Last year, I was kind of disappointed. I got beat out after placing second the year before. That was kind of hard last year getting beat out."

Lynn will face Byron's Matt Tlougan, while Borsgard has Big Lake's Matt Nelson. If the two would both win, they would battle in the finals.

"It would show how tough our section is," Borsgard said. "It will be great, Nate is a very good wrestler and I'd like to meet up with him later on in the tournament.

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"We'll see what happens. Both of us have the potential to make it to the final match. It just depends on what happens, you have to go out there and wrestle."

Lynn would like to see Borsgard again -- the Cobra got the best of him in the section final.

"If me and Drake were to happen to meet up, it would be a close match again, just like it was at sections," Lynn said.

At 103 pounds, Worthington's Anthony Luft won his first match 11-2 before falling 6-1 in the second round.

"I was a little bit nervous," Luft said. "But once I started wrestling, it just came to me.

"I just wanted to get the first win so I know I'm in a good position in my bracket."

Luft won his wrestleback 9-1 to keep his hopes for a third-place finish alive.

"I was just kind of waiting for something to come so I could get a big move," said Luft, who broke a 1-1 tie with key points late. "He didn't look that good in the previous matches. I waited for a big move to happen and it did at the end."

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Also at 103, Fulda/Murray County Central's Elissa Reinsma suffered a 7-0 loss in the first round to Foley's Tristan Manderfeld.

"He didn't know me and I didn't know him," Reinsma said. "I was going out there basically shooting an arrow in the dark. Anything can happen. It could have gone either way and he's a good wrestler."

She then lost 9-2 in her wrestleback -- ending her historic career.

"I can't picture it over yet," Reinsma said. "I still think I have to go make weight and go wrestle again."

Adrian's Dru Strand lost 2-1 in the first round at 112, but then won 6-3 in the wrestleback.

Worthington's Jared Kinley lost by fall at 119, and was not awarded a wrestleback.

F/MCC's Austin Kluis lost 6-1 in his first-round match, and then lost 3-2 in the wrestlebacks at 125.

Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove's Zach Campbell had a 5-3 and a 12-0 win to advance to the semifinals at 135.

Trojan Joey Kinley suffered a 5-3 loss at 140, and was not awarded a second match, ending his tournament.

Adrian's Brock Bullerman won 9-5 in the first round at 140, but then lost 3-0 in the second round. He won his wrestleback by fall in 4:47 to keep his medal hopes alive.

Teammate Mitchell Sieve lost his first-round match 7-5 before winning his wrestleback 2-1 at 160.

F/MCC's Jordan Anderson lost 11-0 in the first round at 171 and then lost by fall in the wrestlebacks, ending his tournament.

Also at 171, W/ML/B-O's Jared Peterson won a close 3-2 match in the first round, and then lost by fall in the second round. However, he came back with an 11-9 win in the consolation bracket to keep his tournament alive.

Adrian's Dustin Polzine lost his first match 5-1, but rallied for a 10-6 win in the wrestlebacks.

T-M-B/W-WG's Matt Wakefield won his first round match 7-3 and then lost in the quarterfinals. However, he won 8-6 to stay alive in the consolation bracket.

Wrestling will resume today at 10 a.m. The championship matches are slated to begin at 7:30 p.m.

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