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Thursday sports roundup: Final four set for Section 3A wrestling

WRESTLING Section 3A In the opening night of the Section 3A wrestling tournament Thursday night, three of the top four seeds advanced. The top seed, Minneota, will face fifth-seeded Jackson County Central in the top half of the bracket. In the bo...

WRESTLING Section 3A In the opening night of the Section 3A wrestling tournament Thursday night, three of the top four seeds advanced.

The top seed, Minneota, will face fifth-seeded Jackson County Central in the top half of the bracket.

In the bottom half, second-seeded Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove will square off against third-seeded Canby.

The semifinals begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Windom. The finals are slated to begin at approximately 2 p.m.

Adrian advanced to face Minneota on Thursday by virtue of a 39-31 win over St. James Area in the play-in match. Minneota dispatched the Dragons 55-21 in the quarterfinals.

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In other quarterfinal matches, Jackson County Central topped Wabasso/Red Rock Central 38-33, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove beat Windom Area/Mountain Lake 52-15 and Canby topped defending section champion Pipestone Area 37-28.

T-M-B/W-WG 52, W/ML 15 TRACY -- Second-seeded Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove won the final seven matches to advance over seventh-seeded Windom/Mountain Lake.

The Cobras earned four wins in the match. Micah Holmberg won 10-5 at 113, while Brett Willaby won 14-5 at 120. Alex Borsgard won by tech fall, 21-6 at 138 and Zach Spinks earned a 3-1 decision at 145.

T-M-B/W-WG’s Ayden Horner won by tech fall, 24-9, at 106, while teammate Dereck Ellingson won 7-1 at 126. Luis Perez won by major decision, 12-3, at 132.

Austin Axford (152) won by fall in 4:57, Nash Mayer (160) earned a fall in 40 seconds, Trevor Eisfeld (170) won by major decision, 15-4, Jace Paplow (182) pinned his opponent at 182, Austin Buchholz (195) won by fall in 47 seconds, Tyler Timm pinned his opponent in 5:15 and Sam Bauer (285) won by fall in 5:35 as T-M-B/W-WG closed out the dual by getting pins in six of the final seven matches.

The second-seeded Panthers will face third-seeded Canby on Saturday.

Adrian 39, St. James Area 31 MINNEOTA -- Adrian Area had a slim two-point lead heading into the final match against St. James Area.

But 285-pounder Scot Edwards proved the Dragons had nothing to worry about.

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Edwards pinned his opponent in 43 seconds to send AA to an eight-point victory over ninth-seeded St. James Area in the opening round of the Section 3A wrestling tournament.

Jesus Anaya started the Dragons off with a 2-1 victory at 106 before Logan Taylor won by fall in 3 minutes, 29 seconds at 113. After St. James was open at 132, Logan Sherer won 6-3 at 138 and Chandler Combs won by fall in 3:27 at 145 for AA.

Max Lehman won by fall in 33 seconds at 170 and Beau Bullerman earned an 11-8 decision at 195.

Minneota 55, Adrian 21 MINNEOTA -- Adrian Area earned four victories over top-seeded and state-ranked Minneota, but the Vikings were too much as they moved on to Saturday’s section semifinal.

Logan Taylor won by a 9-4 decision at 113 and Isaac Bullerman won by fall in 1:35 at 126 for the Dragons.

Beau Bullerman won by fall in 2:40 at 220, while Scot Edwards won by fall in 42 seconds at 285 for Adrian Area.

Canby 37, Pipestone Area 28 CANBY -- Sixth-seeded Pipestone Area won six matches against third-seeded Canby in a loss in the Section 3A tournament.

PA’s Grand Budden won by major decision (12-4) at 120 pounds, while Michael Suda won by fall in 30 seconds at 126. Hunter Burnett won by fall in 1:45 at 138 and Jesse Fenton earned a 7-2 decision at 152. Jordan Baatz pinned his opponent in 3:42 at 160 and Garrett Ploeger had a 7-4 win at 182.

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The Lancers advance to Saturday’s semifinals.

BOYS BASKETBALL Jordan 75, Worthington 63 JORDAN -- Worthington got off to a good start against a tough Jordan team and led at halftime.

But the Hubmen overcame that deficit to earn the victory.  

“We got off to a really good start, it was pretty much back and forth the whole first half,” WHS head coach Clint Meyer said. “Kind of the same thing happened in the first half against Waseca, they went on a run, hit some 3s and stretched the lead out to nine or 10 points. It kind of hung around there until the end. They are a really good team.”

WHS led 35-34 at the break, but Jordan went on a run in the second half to take a double-digit lead. The Trojans were able to get the game back within single digits late, but fell short in a road defeat.

“We’re playing really quality opponents this last stretch, Marshall, Southwest (Christian), Waseca and Jordan,” Meyer said. “We’ve been playing well, I think, we just can’t get over that hump. We have to find a way to stop the runs from the other team or find a way to get on a run of our own and get stops when we need them. Our guys played all the way to the end tonight, that’s for sure. We started fouling with about three minutes to go and got it back down to nine at one point. You can’t fault our effort, that’s for sure. We competed.”

WHS was led by Gavin Calmus, who scored 21 points. Tyler Linder added 14 points and OD Othow had 12. Stewart Merrigan finished with six rebounds, while Terbuto Ochothow dished out six assists.

Eric Tiedman led Jordan with 29 points, while Ryan Samuelson scored 21.  

The Trojans (12-10) are at Blue Earth Area on Saturday.

Worthington 35 63

Jordan 34 75

W-WG 78, Ellsworth 43 WESTBROOK -- Nine players scored five points or more to lead Westbrook-Walnut Grove to a Red Rock Conference victory.

Andrew Quade led the Chargers (20-3, 12-1) with 16 points and eight assists. Anthony Ross scored 12 points, dished out five assists and had five steals, while Kyle Kuehl had 10 points.

Ellsworth was led by Brandon Kramer’s 18 points.

W-WG is at Murray County Central on Tuesday.

Ellsworth 15 43

Westbrook-Walnut Grove 33 78

H-BC 68, Fulda 52 HILLS - Preston Wilhelmi scored a game-high 30 points as he helped Hills-Beaver Creek beat Fulda in its Red Rock Conference game.

Sophomores Easton Harnack and Jax Wysong scored 10 and nine points respectively for the Patriots.

The Raiders’ were led by Dalton Slinger and Matthias Kunerth as both of them finished with 12 points.

Fulda made 10 of its 32 attempted three pointers.

H-BC 30 68

Fulda 21 52

MCC 65, SWC 64 (OT) SLAYTON - It took overtime for Murray County Central to get a victory against Red Rock Conference foe Southwest Christian.

Tyler Groves finished with a double-double scoring 23 points, and pulling down 11 rebounds for the Rebels.

MCC Teammates Nate Everson and Justin Benda finished with 15 points each.

The Eagles leading scorer was senior AJ Vanderby who scored 26 points, and had 17 rebounds.

SWC’s Jacob Van Dam and Avery Pater had nine, and eight points respectively.

SWC 27 60 64

MCC 28 60 65

Adrian 72, H-LO 54 ADRIAN - Adrian beat Heron-Lake Okabena in its Red Rock Conference game.

The Dragons leading scorers were Christian Weidert with a game-high 23, Ryan Wieneke with 20, Brady Henning with eight, and Skylar Polzine with eight points.

The Wildcats leading scorers were Lee Gunther with 15, Andrew Madsen with 11, and Christian Juarez with nine points.

Adrian 35 72

H-LO 22 54

Luverne 78, Edgerton 58 EDGERTON - Luverne eased past Edgerton in non-conference play against Edgerton.

The Cardinals’ leading scorers were Cole Claussen with 20, Eli Haugom with 14, Riley Siebenahler with 12, and Derek Lundgren with 11 points.

Mark Robinson had nine assists for LHS.

The Flying DutchmEns’ leading scorers were Brayden Kuiper with a game-high 25 points, Landon Buckridge with 13 points, and Marcus Vander Lugt with nine points.

Luverne 38 78

Edgerton 25 58

RTR 78, TMB 38 TYLER - Carter Hansen scored 16 points, had five assists, and three steals as he led Russell-Tyler-Ruthton to a victory over Tracy-Milroy-Balaton.

The Knights’ had three other boys score double digits as Brett Kelley scored 15, Jonah Johnson scored 13, and Garrett Kern scored 12 points.

Moses Dolan led the Panthers by scoring a game-high 17 points, and recording three assists.

T-M-B 20 38

RTR 45 78

GIRLS BASKETBALL SWC 79, Adrian 44 EDGERTON - Adrian was unable to stop Southwest Christian in this Red Rock Conference game.

The Eagles were led by Brooklyn DeKam who led all scorers with 25, Emily Nerem with 11, Sydney Van Hulzen with nine, and Jazlynn Prins with nine points.

Nerem had seven rebounds and seven steals as well for SWC.

The Dragons’ leading scorers were Avery Balster with 10, and Hannah Bullerman with eight points.

Adrian had twice as many turnovers as SWC (30-15).

Adrian 17 44

SWC 34 79

BOYS HOCKEY Fairmont 4, Worthington 2 FAIRMONT -- Worthington suffered a two-goal loss in its final regular-season game of the season.

Anthony Fogelman scored Worthington’s first goal, while Ryan Newman had the team’s second in the game.

The Trojans are the 10th seed in the upcoming Section 3A tournament and will travel to seventh-seeded Windom Area on Tuesday.  

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