Four Blue Earth Area Buccaneer wrestlers and three United South Central Rebels headed to the State Wrestling Tournament this past weekend after having notched either first or second place at the Section 2 Class A Individual Wrestling Tournament.
The four Buccaneers are Martin Granados who claimed the Section championship at 285 pounds and David Franta, 170 pounds, Zach Buseman, 113 pounds and Adam Legred, 106 pounds who all took second place in their respective weight classes.
The Rebels had two Section champs; Colten Carlson at 182 pounds and Dylan Herman at 145 pounds. Plus, Derek Herman claimed second place at 152 pounds.
Class A State Tournament individual match action began on Friday morning, Feb. 28 and continued all day and evening on Saturday, March 1 after the deadline for this edition of the Faribault County Register. Full details and photos from the State Tournament will be included in next week's Register.
The Section 2A Tournament was held on Saturday, Feb. 22 in Blue Earth. Originally preliminary round matches had been scheduled for Friday evening as well, but were postponed to Saturday due to bad weather conditions.
That made for a tournament which ran from 10 a.m. Saturday morning until after 6:30 that evening. Permission was granted from the state high school league to allow wrestlers to compete in more than five matches in the one day if necessary.
Here is a run down on the action at the Section Tournament.
BEA's Granados (34-3) had a bye in both the first and second rounds of the tournament, meaning he had to wrestle and win just two bouts in order to claim the Section title.
The Buccaneer junior faced Wyatt Fitterer of New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva (16-12) in his first match and won with a 5-1 decision. His second match was a hard-fought close 3-1 decision over Trent Strunk of Blooming Prairie (24-13).
BEA's Franta (34-3) pinned his first opponent, Jordan Schmitz of St. Clair/Loyola (3-7) in 3:34.
He then won a close 6-5 decision over Dillon Parpart of NRHEG (31-7) before falling 9-4 to state-ranked and unbeaten Keegan Moore (38-0) of Jackson County Central.
Both Legred and Buseman had tough matches including having to wrestle for true second place and claim a trip to State.
Buseman (28-9) started the day with a 12-0 major decision over Jesse Meyer of USC (14-16) in round one.
He then defeated Morgan Moreno of Hayfield (21-12) by a score of 8-5.
The Buccaneer eighth grader lost to Dillon Kubiatowicz of NRHEG in the championship match by a 4-1 score.
Next, Buseman had to face third place finisher Lincoln Arndt of Maple River (22-11) in a true second wrestle back match to determine who would go on to State. Buseman took it 3-0.
BEA sophomore Legred (24-14) pinned Payton Simon of Blooming Prairie (0-2) in the first round in 3:47. He got a 7-3 decision over Jackson Heydt of Hayfield (20-14) in the next round.
In the championship bout he was pinned by Dalton Wagner of JCC (28-10) at 2:52 of the match.
Next he had to wrestle third place finisher Brenn Olson of Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Kinsland (20-9) in a true second wrestle back. Legred pinned his opponent to claim the trip to State.
USC's Colten Carlson (32-3) cruised his way to the 182 pound championship by pinning all three of his opponents.
First he defeated Cole Erie of Southland (15-10), then Trevor Grems of Medford (24-7) and finally pinned Garrison Mindrup of Hayfield (10-4) in 51 seconds in the championship match.
The Rebels' Dylan Herman (34-4) pinned his first two opponents at 145 pounds. He defeated Tristan Peterson of JCC (1-4) then BEA's Jordan Stelter (23-14) before claiming the championship with a 4-2 decision over Noah Greenfield of Maple River (25-8).
Derek Herman of USC (29-8) also won by a fall in his first two matches at 152 pounds.
First he downed Noah Decker of Maple River (16-15) in 1:16 before pinning Chance Oftedahl of St. Clair/Loyola (30-4) in 5:40.
Herman was pinned by Paden Moore of JCC (36-3) in the championship match.
All seven wrestlers were set for opening round action at the State Tourney starting Friday morning.
Neither the Bucs or the Rebels had any third place finishers in the Section Tourney, but did have several other wrestlers place in the top six medal positions.
For BEA, Stelter took fourth place at 145 pounds, Gus Phillips finished fourth at 160 pounds and Jacob Johnson also was fourth at 195 pounds.
Camden Bowers was fifth at 126 pounds for BEA, as was Mike Ankeny at 138 pounds. In sixth place for the Bucs were Alec Huber at 132 pounds and Luke Schavey at 152 pounds.
For USC, Adam Knutson took fifth place at 132 pounds, as did Isaac Hernandez at 195 pounds.
In sixth place were Mitch Harpestad at 120 pounds, Keenan Biddle at 126 pounds and Joe Mathews at 220 pounds.
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Full stories and photos will be included in the next print edition of the Register as well.