JCC punches ticket to state team wrestling tournament


SLAYTON -- The powerful Jackson County Central Huskies showed once again Saturday why they are one of the favorites to win the upcoming state Class A wrestling championship by scorching rivals in the semifinals and finals of the Section 3A team tournament.

After knifing through Fulda/Murray County Central in the semis, the Huskies defeated Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 63-6 to advance to the 2022 state tournament.

The big tournament will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 3-5, at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

T-M-B dispatched Adrian/Ellsworth 47-25 in its section semifinal bout on Saturday, winning the first six weight classes for a 32-0 lead. The Dragons got victories from Rilee Heidebrink (145 pounds), Isaac Bullerman (152), Breyer Hieronimus (160), Jaren Winselman (195) and Cameron Wieneke (285), but their deficit was too much to overcome.

Against Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, JCC won nine weight classes by fall -- 113 by Nolan Ambrose, 120 by Kie Anderson, 132 by Logan Butzon, 145 by Dylan Withers, 152 by Isaiah Rodriguez, 160 by Payton Handevidt, 170 by Matthew Haley, 195 by William Freking and 220 by Trace Michelson.


There’s still more section wrestling coming up. The Section 3A individual tournament is Saturday in Wabasso, and the Section 3AA individual tournament -- where the Worthington Trojans hope to send some competitors to state -- is Saturday in Redwood Falls.

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