Zierke wins silver, Hanson 6th
Two Blue Earth Area wrestlers and two from United South Central won medals at the individual portion of the State tournament held March 1-2 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
BEA’s 195-pound Kysten Zierke won silver, while Carter Hanson took sixth place at 160 pounds.
For the Rebels, 132-pound Dylan Herman won a bronze medal and Colten Carlson finished fourth at 182.
Zierke’s path to the championship match wasn’t an easy one.
The Buc defeated Jake Denn of Madelia/Truman/Martin Luther 8-6 in the opening round, before beating Mitch Mesmaan of Holdingford 5-3 in overtime.
In the semis, Zierke pulled out a 2-1 win in triple overtime over Lucas Etchason of Triton.
Nathan Rose of Sibley East won an 11-4 decision over Zierke in the championship match.
Hanson started the tournament edging Tomm Ingle of Badger/Greenbush-Middle River, 5-4 and advanced to the semis with a 5-3 decision over Matthew Whitcomb of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.
Against Jordon Rothers of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, Hanson dropped a 9-0 major decision to face Mitch Lange of Royalton/Upsala.
Lange won a 7-1 decision, putting Hanson in the fifth-place match.
He lost a 12-4 major decision to Austin Maaanum of Border West.
BEA’s only other entrant, 170-pounder Gus Phillips had a short tournament.
The Buc junior dropped a 15-5 major decision to Jordan Gombos of Holdingford. He was knocked out of the tournament when Gombos lost in the next round.
For the Rebels, 132-pounder Dylan Herman and 182-pounder Colten Carlson also made it to the semis.
Herman won a 5-0 decision over Alex Engler of Minneota in his first match and then pinned Evan Woitalla of Pierz in 2:33. But, Herman was pinned in his next match and then faced Gus McCarthy of Border West in the wrestlebacks.
He won a close 2-1 decision before pinning TJ Fulton of Wabasso/Red Rock Central in 2:29 to win the bronze medal.
Carlson defeated Noah Pesola of New York Mills on a 13-3 major decision in the first round and then Vince Johnson of Windom/Mountain Lake, 3-2.
The Rebel junior lost a close 6-5 decision to Patrick Rooney of Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in the semifinals.
In the wrestlebacks, Carlson won 8-1 over Dillon Card of Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale and won the bronze medal with a 5-2 win over Porter Secrist of Wabasha-Kellogg-Alma.
Derek Herman won his first match at 138 pounds with a 6-1 decision over Cole Hennen of Minneota.
In the next round, he lost 5-3 to Hunter Retzlaff, putting him in the wrestlebacks.
Herman’s was then knocked out of competition with a 14-0 major decision loss to Logan Peterson of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.
At 220 pounds, Logan Sonnek lost a 2-1, triple-overtime heartbreaker to Chase Norton of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg. He was eliminated when he lost his next match, a 7-4 decision to Garret Scherr of Osakis.
Senior 120-pounder Jacob Gonsalez lost his match on a pin to Shane Novak of New York Mills in 1:48. His tournament ended with a 6-4 loss in the wrestlebacks.
BEA State results:
160: Carter Hanson dec. Tomm Ingle (Badger-Greenbush-Middle River), 5-4; Hanson dec. Matthew Whitcomb (Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City), 5-3; Jordon Rothers (Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg) maj. dec. Hanson, 9-0; Mitch Lange (Royalton/Upsala) dec. Hanson, 7-1; Austin Maanum (Border West) maj. dec. Hanson, 12-4, for 5th place.
170: Jordan Gombos (Holdingford) maj. dec. Gus Phillips, 15-5.
195: Kysten Zierke dec. Jake Denn (Madelia/Truman/Martin Luther), 8-6; Zierke dec. Mitch Mesmaan (Holdingford), 5-3, OT; Zierke dec. Lucas Etchason (Triton), 2-1, 3xOT; Nathan Rose (Sibley East) dec. Zierke, 11-4, for 1st place.
USC State results:
120: Shane Novak (New York Mills) pinned Jacob Gonsalez, 1:48; Landyn VanOverbeke (Minneota) dec. Gonsalez, 6-4.
132: Dylan Herman dec. Alex Engler (Minneota), 5-0; Herman pinned Evan Woitalla (Pierz), 2:33; Harvey Friederichs (Chatfield) pinned Herman, 5:35; Herman dec. Gus McCarthy (Border West) 2-1; Herman pinned TJ Fulton (Wabasso/Red Rock Central), 2:29, for 3rd place.
138: Derek Herman dec. Cole Hennen (Minneota), 6-1; Hunter Retzlaff (Sibley East) dec. Herman, 5-3; Logan Peterson (Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City) maj. dec. Herman, 14-0.
182: Colten Carlson maj. dec. Noah Pesola (New York Mills), 13-3; Carlson dec. Vince Johnson (Windom/Mountain Lake), 3-2; Patrick Rooney (Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa) dec. Carlson, 6-5; Carlson dec. Dillon Card (Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale), 8-1; Porter Secrist (Wabasha-Kellogg-Alma) dec. Carlson, 5-2; for 3rd place.
220: Chase Norton (Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg) dec. Logan Sonnek, 2-1, 3xOT; Garret Scherr (Osakis) dec. Sonnek, 7-4.