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JCC's Jacob Tvinnereim forces Canby's Noah Steffens back on his heels in the 152-pound during Section 3A wrestling action Friday at Pipestone. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)1 / 3
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove's Austin Axford struggles against Pipestone's Jesse Fenton in the 152-pound class during Friday's Section 3A wrestling meet. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)2 / 3
Pipestone Area wrestler Michael Suda (126) controls Adrian Ares's Dominiq Canales during Section 3A action at Pipestone. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)3 / 3

The first steps toward an individual berth to the state wrestling tournament began on Friday night for area wrestlers.

In Class A, the athletes descended on Pipestone for the Section 3A tournament. In Section 3AA, Dawson played host.

The 2018 Minnesota State High School Wrestling Tournament begins March 2 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Section 3A

PIPESTONE -- For Windom/Mountain Lake’s Alex Borsgard, his fall in 2:27 did more than just advance him in the 138-pound tournament; it also gave him his 150th career win. He will face Minneota’s Blake Reiss today in the semifinals.

The other semifinal will see Pipestone Area’s Eric Lange against Kalib Greenman from Canby. Lange advanced with a first-round fall in 59 seconds and a second-round fall in 5:07.

At 285 pounds, Adrian’s Scot Edwards didn’t spend much time on the mat in the opening night of the section tournament. He had a first-round bye and then won by fall in 51 seconds to advance to today’s semifinals. He will face Wabasso/Red Rock Central’s Kyle Jacobson, a winner by fall in his first match. Canby’s Josh Hansen and St. James Area’s Noah Sandmeyer are pitted against each other in the other semifinal.  

At 106 pounds, Jackson County Central’s Payton Handevidt earned a bye and won by fall in 2:16 to advance to the semifinals, where he will face W/RRC’s Mason Irlbeck, who earned a 4-3 decision. The other semifinal will see Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove’s Ayden Horner -- who won by a major decision -- against Minneota’s Eric Carrasco.

Brett Willaby from Windom/Mountain Lake won by fall in his only match to advance to the semifinals, where he will take on Minneota’s Jonah Greunes at 113 pounds. JCC’s Mathew Mohning won a 5-1 decision to advance to the semifinals to face Adrian’s Logan Taylor, who earned a 16-3 major decision to qualify for the semis.

At 120, Levi Ellingson from T-M-B/W-WG won by an 8-4 decision and will face Sam Kulseth (SJA) in the semis. Grant Budden from Pipestone Area advanced with a tech fall and will square off against W/ML’s Kade Sammons, who also won by tech fall.

Michael Suda won by fall in 40 seconds to advance to the semifinals at 126, where he will face Canby’s Brandon Moeller. JCC’s Ethan Hendrickson won by fall in 27 seconds and will square off against T-M-B/W-WG’s Dereck Ellingson, who pinned his opponent in 34 seconds.

Hunter Burnett won by fall in 3:15 in his only match to take his place in the 132-pound semis, where he will face JCC’s Aaron Munoz, who advanced with a major decision. The other semifinal has Canby’s Payton Viessman against Minneota’s Teddy Pesch.

At 145, W/ML’s Zach Spinks won by fall in 5:18 and will face Minneota’s Auston Kloos today. JCC’s Cole Kapplinger earned a major decision (9-1) to advance and will face T-M-B/W-WG’s Anthony Axford, who won by fall in 4:56.

JCC’s Jacob Tvinnereim won by tech fall at 152 to advance, and will wrestle SJA’s Talin Johnson today. PA’s Jesse Fenton earned a 13-6 decision and will wrestle Minneota’s Cole Vanoverbeke in the other semi.

Jared Schroepfer from W/RRC needed just 26 seconds to pin his opponent and advance to the semis at 160, where he will face Kyle Banks from Minneota. The other semi will see SJA’s Anthony Rodriguez against Nash Mayer (winner by fall in 59 seconds) from T-M-B/W-WG.

At 170, Nick Altermatt (W/RRC) won by fall in 1:03 and will square off in the semis against W/ML’s Jesse Jepsen -- who also won by fall in 4:26. T-M-B/W-WG’s Trevor Eisfeld won by fall in 2:41 to advance to today’s semis against Canby’s Jaden Kindopp.

PA’s Garrett Ploeger pinned his opponent in 2:30 at 182 and will advance to face JCC’s Sam Dunker (won by 11-9 decision) in the semifinals. Jace Paplow (T-M-B/W-WG) won by 8-2 decision and will face Minneota’s Shawn Buysse in the other semifinals.

W/RRC’s Derek Werner won by fall in 4:29 to advance at 195, where he will wrestle JCC’s Dalton Wagner -- who received two byes into the semis. The other semi pits Canby’s Evan Stoks against T-M-B/W-WG’s Austin Buchholz, who pinned his opponent in 4:26.

At 220, W/RRC’s Isaace Schmiesing received two byes to advance to the semis, where he will face T-M-B/W-WG’s Tyler Timm, who won by fall in 1:32. The other semi has Pipestone Area’s Jamison VanderWal (winner by fall in 43 seconds) against Canby’s Denver Noyes.

Section 3AA  

DAWSON -- After receiving a first-round bye, Worthington’s Brayden Donkersloot earned a big 7-5 decision in the second round of the 152-pound section tournament to advance to today’s semifinals.

He will face Fairmont/Martin County West’s Nathan Simmonds today.

At 120 pounds, Fulda/Murray County Central’s Danny Blankenship won by fall in 1:50 to advance to the semifinals, where he will wrestle Hsa La Eh from Marshall.

Worthington’s Jacob Prunty didn’t see the mat on Friday as he had two byes into the semifinals. He will face Redwood-River Valley’s Maverick Goblirsch at 126 pounds.

Mason Byrne was in a similar situation at 195. He received two byes and will wrestle RRV’s Adam Bommerbach in today’s semifinals.

At 285, Jacob Neuberger followed suit by receiving two byes. He will wrestle RRV’s Chad Maddock in the semis.

Worthington’s Damon Schutz suffered a loss at 106 and will continue today in the wrestlebacks, where he will face F/MCC’s Dawson Blankenship.

At 113, Trojan Zach Abdulrahman lost in the first round, but won an 8-5 decision in the wrestleback and will continue today.

WHS wrestler Kent Lais lost in his only match on Friday, but remains alive in the wrestlebacks at 120.   

Lay K Paw suffered a close 5-4 loss at 132 for the Trojans and will have a wrestleback today.

Jaden Hennings lost in his first match for the Trojans at 138, but earned a 7-0 decision in the wrestleback to continue today.

At 160, Worthington’s Kendrick Bickett won his first match, 6-3, before falling in his second. He then went to the wrestlebacks, where he won with a fall in 18 seconds and stays alive in the tournament.

Kyle Mullaney lost an 8-3 decision in his only match of the night and will continue in the wrestlebacks today at 170.

Marcos Herrera lost his only match on Friday at 220, but will have a wrestleback today.