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Minnesota state high school wrestling: Fairmont/MCW 2nd in AA; T-M-B/W-WG third in A

ST. PAUL -- Section 3A wrestling champion Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove gathered third place in the Minnesota state high school tournament at Xcel Center in St. Paul Thursday, and Fairmont/Martin County West was second in Class AA.

Fairmont/Martin County West opened the tournament with a 45-16 win over South St. Paul, then a narrow 30-28 victory over second-seeded Scott West followed. Fairmont/MCW, the third Class AA seed, was beaten by top-seeded Kasson-Mantorville 49-9.

F/MCW's only wins against Kasson-Mantorville came at 113 pounds as Jaxson Rohman won a 3-1 victory, at 152 where Miles Fitzgerald won 2-0, and at 195 where Collin Steuber won 9-2.

Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove, the fourth seed in Class A, won its first match 63-7 over Kenyon-Wanamingo, then lost in the semifinals 35-18 to No. 1 seed Zumbrota-Mazeppa. In the third-place match, T-M-B/W-WG beat third-seeded Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville 38-18.

T-M-B/W-WG's first win in the third-place match came at 106 pounds as Ayden Horner won by 5-3 decision. Teammates Derek Ellingson won at 126 (18-8) and Anthony Axford at 145 (fall in 3:37). The Section 3A champs won the last six matches of the match from 160 to 285. Nash Mayer won by fall in 1:37 at 160, Trevor Eisfeld won 12-5 at 170, Jace Paplow won 3-0 at 182, Austin Buchholz won by 16-7 major decision at 195, Tyler Timm won by fall in 4:39 at 220, and Sam Bauer won 5-4 at 285.

The individual tournament begins today (Friday) and concludes with championship matches on Saturday.

Doug Wolter

Doug Wolter is the Daily Globe sports editor. He served as sports reporter, then sports editor, news editor and finally managing editor at the Daily Globe for 22 years before leaving for seven years to work as night news editor at the Mankato Free Press in Mankato. Doug now lives in Worthington with his wife, Sandy. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Doug, retired after a lengthy career in fast-pitch softball, enjoys reading, strumming his acoustic guitar and hanging around his grandchildren. He also writes books on fiction. Two of his stories, "The Genuine One" and "The Old Man in Section 129" have been distributed through a national publisher.

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