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PREP WRESTLING: W/ML/B-O's Peterson claims fourth-place medal

ST. PAUL -- One period at a time. That's all Jared Peterson wanted to do, take it one at a time. A senior on Windom/Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin's wrestling team, Peterson worked his way back after a second-round loss to finish fourth in the Cl...

W/ML/B-O's Peterson
Aaron Hagen/Daily Globe Windom/Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin's Jared Peterson (bottom) looks to escape from Staples-Motley's Blake Petrich during their 171-pound third-place match in Saturday's Class AA state tournament in St. Paul.

ST. PAUL -- One period at a time.

That's all Jared Peterson wanted to do, take it one at a time.

A senior on Windom/Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin's wrestling team, Peterson worked his way back after a second-round loss to finish fourth in the Class AA state wrestling tournament Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center.

"My goal was to place up at state," Peterson said. "It was really awesome to finally do that. Three years up, finally getting a medal, that's pretty awesome."

Peterson won a close 3-2 match in the first round against Fridley's Pat Faber at 171 pounds, before falling in the second to Staples-Motley's Blake Petrich. But he won his first wrestleback 11-9 to advance to Saturday.

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"The first match is pretty tough after that first loss," Peterson said. "After you get that first win and you kind of get that feeling like this is your last time around, you might as well give it everything you got."

And he did, earning an 8-6 win against Chisago Lakes Area's Travis Kammerer to advance to secure a place on the podium.

"Last night, about 24 hours ago, he was a senior, he lost to a kid and he hadn't wrestled his best match and lost," W/ML/B-O coach Brad Schlomann said. "Faber, who he beat in the first round, pinned us last year in the match to place. Peterson's been here three times and he's been in the match to place the first two times and lost."

This year would be different.

"He just wanted it," Schlomann said. "So, now we've placed, but he wasn't satisfied with that. I just told him, that's what separated him from some kids. He'd been here three times, and now he knew he was going to place and he didn't stop. He continued to push as high as he could possibly get."

Peterson defeated Milaca/Faith Christian's Justin Ladehoff 5-3 to advance to the third-place match.

"I just wanted to win one match at a time, win one period at a time," Peterson said. "That's pretty much all I had to do."

However, he was facing Petrich for the second time.

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And again, Petrich earned the victory, claiming a 6-3 win.

"I knew I could beat him on my feet, but things didn't happen my way," Peterson said. "There's nothing wrong with fourth place. And I'm happy with fourth place."

Peterson had four wins in the tournament after re-devoting himself to the sport last season.

"Two years ago, I wasn't even wrestling," Peterson said. "I didn't even wrestle my sophomore year. I quit wrestling my sophomore year and I came back out last year. I'm happy that I did that.

"I missed it and I'm so glad that I came back out for it. It's awesome."

While Peterson was finishing fourth, teammate Drake Borsgard met Adrian's Nate Lynn in a third-place match at 130.

"My coach and I were joking around before and he said he got the scouting report on him and we just laughed about it," Lynn said. "We both know how each other wrestle, so I think that makes it a little bit harder. We both know what each other is going to do."

The two rivals each lost in the semifinals and had to win a match before they would meet.

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Borsgard lost 2-0 to Matt Nelson, who was the eventual state champion.

"After I lost my semis match, that was a tough loss, it's hard to come back from that," said Borsgard, who gave Nelson his closest match of the tournament. "I just wanted to get to the third-place match because it means a lot more than wrestling for fifth place."

But he was pitted against Scott West's Tyler Dobmeier, the only wrestler to defeat Borsgard prior to the state tournament.

"I definitely wanted to get revenge on him," Borsgard said. "The first time I wrestled him, I didn't feel like I wrestled my best match. But he still got the win. He's a senior and I was going to be mad if I didn't get a chance to wrestle him again. I was kind of glad to see that I got to wrestle him after I lost. I definitely wanted to get revenge on him and I went out there and took it to him."

He earned a 4-0 victory, sealing a spot in the third-place match.

"A month from now, I'm really glad I was able to pull myself together and wrestle a tough match in the consolation," Borsgard said. "I was pretty tired, but everyone is tired at this point in the tournament. I just went out there and I wanted to get to the third-place match."

Lynn, meanwhile, lost 6-4 in the semifinals against Byron's Matt Tlougan.

He then pinned North Branch's Jake Kostik in 2:34 -- setting up a showdown with Borsgard.

"I tried coming into this match trying to wrestle a little more offensive than I did last time," Lynn said. "Drake is a good wrestler and he's good on his feet. That's where I was trying to beat him, was on his feet. I got in on a high crotch in the first period, but couldn't quite get it finished."

Borsgard scored an escape in the second period, but Lynn had one of his own in the third to send the match into overtime.

In the second overtime, Borsgard took the down position, and had a reversal, taking a 3-1 lead. Lynn was able to get an escape, but couldn't score in the third overtime as Borsgard took third with a 3-2 win.

"I'm happy with that," Lynn said. "That was kind of my goal coming into the tournament to place in the top six, and I did that.

"It was nice to show that all my hard work paid off this season. It got me on the podium again."

For Borsgard, the third-place finish was bittersweet.

"I definitely would have liked to have been in the championship match," he said. "The kid I wrestled is tough. I give him props, he's a great wrestler. I'm definitely happy getting third place up here."

In Class A, Pipestone Area's Jadon Evans finished sixth after a loss to Mille Lacs' Ryan Jones. Jones defeated Evans in the first round, but the Arrow was able to battle back with a pair of victories in the consolation bracket to earn a spot in the fifth- and sixth-place match.

At 215, Jackson County Central's Jordan Phibbs lost in his first match on Saturday, ending his tournament.

Worthington's Anthony Luft finished 3-3 in the tournament and claimed sixth at 103 in Class AA.

Adrian's Dru Strand lost in the second round of wrestlebacks, 4-3 to Monticello's Eric Bourgeois at 119.

Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove's Zach Campbell finished fifth at 135 after finishing the tournament with a 5-4 win.

Dragon Brock Bullerman (140) lost his first wrestleback match on Saturday, 3-0, to Saint Paul Harding's Dustin Ellsworth.

Teammate Mitchell Sieve (160) lost 5-2 to Byron's Hunter Rud in the wrestlebacks at 160, while Dustin Polzine (189) lost 4-3 in three overtimes, ending his tournament.

T-M-B/W-WG's Matt Wakefield finished in sixth after a 7-0 loss in his final match at 215.

While the state tournament caps a successful career for the seniors, it provides motivation for those wrestlers returning in coming seasons.

"I definitely know what it's going to take to get to the championship match next year," Borsgard said. "Last year, I lost to the champion obviously, and this year, I lost to a very good kid. I know what it's going to take to get back up here and it's going to make me work that much harder to get to the championship match."

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