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USC’s Legred takes second in state

By Staff | Mar 10, 2019

USC senior Blake Legred capped off an outstanding wrestling career with a second place finish in the 138-pound weight class at the Minnesota State High School Wrestling tournament in St. Paul March 1-2. It was the third time Legred brought home a medal from the state tournament. He won at 106 pounds in 2017 and finished in second place at 126 pounds last year.

United South Central senior Blake Legred finished in second place at the Minnesota State High School Wrestling Tournament last Saturday, March 2.

Legred’s second place finish at 138 pounds in Class A marked his third consecutive trip to the medal stand at the Xcel Energy Center. Legred was the champion at 106 pounds in 2017 and finished second in 2018 at 126 pounds.

Legred ended this season with a 41-5 record and was the No. 5-ranked wrestler in Class A at 138 pounds according to the Guillotine website.

Legred began the tourney with a fall over Damon Ferguson of Red Lake County Central in 36 seconds.

An 11-4 decision over No. 2-ranked Shawn Rue of Paynesville Area in the quarterfinals sent Legred to his semifinal match against No. 4-ranked Tyler Bents of Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa.

Jaxen Klinkner leans into it as he works for the pin. Klinkner was one of four Buccaneer wrestlers to wrestle in the Minnesota State High School Tournament this year.

Legred defeated Bents by a 3-0 decision to advance to the finals.

Legred’s opponent in the championship match was No. 1-ranked Mark Buringa from St. Charles. Buringa entered the match with only one loss this season.

Neither wrestler was able to score in the opening period. Both wrestlers started in the up position to begin the second period. Legred scored a takedown to take a 2-0 lead. Buringa was able to score a reversal and the score was 2-2 entering the third period.

Buringa started the final period in the down position and scored what would prove to be the winning point when he scored an escape to go up 3-2. Legred came close to getting a takedown near the edge of the mat. Following a conference between the two referees it was ruled the wrestlers were out of bounds and the score remained 3-2 in favor of Buringa. Neither wrestler was able to score again resulting in Buringa’s victory and Legred’s runner-up finish.

Unfortunately, none of the other area wrestlers were able to advance to the medal round.

Bryce Sonnek of USC lost his opening 106-pound match by a 14-0 major decision to Cole Holien of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.

Holien won his second match which sent Sonnek to the wrestlebacks where he took on Logan Butzon of Jackson County Central. Sonnek lost to Butzon and ended his season with a 28-10 record.

Blue Earth Area’s Davis Sunken suffered a 4-0 loss to Dane Niemi of New York Mills in his first round match but moved to the wrestlebacks when Niemi advanced in the next round.

Sunken faced Payton Handevidt of JCC and lost by an 11-4 decision to end his tournament and give him a 34-13 season record.

Buccaneer junior Jaxen Klinkner lost his opening 138-pound match to Bents by a 7-6 decision. Bents’ win in the second round allowed Klinkner to keep going in the wrestlebacks.

Klinkner scored a fall at 3:43 over Blayne Dumpprope of Staples-Motley before losing a 2-1 decision to Rue. Klinkner ended his season with a record of 38-10.

BEA’s Koby Nagel lost his opening match at 152 pounds to Anthony Maher of BOLD by a 9-5 decision. Maher lost his second round match which eliminated Nagel from the tournament.

Buc senior Dominic Whitlow faced Noah Herber of Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson at 195 pounds. Herber won by a 9-0 major decision but lost in the second round, thus ending Whitlow’s season. Whitlow ended the season with a 32-16 record.

Sonnek and all four of the Buccaneer wrestlers were making their first appearance at the state tournament.

In Class A State Team Tournament action, Kenyon-Wanamingo, who defeated BEA for the Section 2A title, finished in second place to champion Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville.