Tricounty News

Eight advance to State

This last weekend, Minnewaska hosted the Section 5A individual wrestling tournament where the top two placers advance to the state touenament in St. Paul Friday March 4, and March 5. The Cubs came out of the tournament placing 13 kids out of a possible 14, and advanced eight into the state tournament. The Cubs set a new school record by advancing eight into the state tournament, the previous record of five was tied last year and set in 2003.

At 103, Mitchell Mckee started off with a fall in the quarter finals against Josey Tensen from B-B-E. In the semi-finals, Mitchell kept it going with a fall over Zach Scott from holdingford in 2:48. Mitchell came up on the losing end in the finals against Tyler Berghuis who is currently ranked third in state. Mitchell will head into the state tournament with a 35-5 record facing Cody Hansen from St. James who has a 28-4 record.

Quinten Berres at 112 started his tournament off with a fall in 2:53 over Adam Lane from Holdingford, this fall put Quinten tied for the most pins in one season at 22. In the semi-finals, Quinten won by an 8-5 decision over Ross Rath from B-B-E. In the finals Quinten had a great battle against seventh-ranked Jacob Braaten from Minnewaska, Quinten lost the match 7-11. Quinten will head into the state tournament with a 39-2 record and will face Jerod Novak from Aitkin who has a 29-7 record.

Tanner Mills at 119 started his section tournament off with a fall in 1:08 over Caleb Blaisdell of Minnewaska. In the semi-finals, Tanner won his 100th career win over Trevor Scott from Holdingford, Tanner won the match by a 9-3 decision. In the finals, Tanner had his hands full taking on third-ranked Hayden Rouser from ACGC, Tanner lost the match by a decision. Tanner will head into the state tournament with a 39-3 record, and will face Will McCarthy from Border West who has a 38-3 record.

Marcus Hamer at 125 took home the first gold of the night for the Cubs and had a great section tournament. In the quarter finals, Marcus won a 7-0 decision over Gary Steffensen from Minnewaska. In the semi-finals, Marcus won by a 16-4 major decision over Preston Irsfeld from BEV, and in the finals, Marcus had a controlled match over Logan Peterson from ACGC which he won by a 5-0 decision. Marcus heads into the state tournament with a 36-3 record and will face Levi Specht from Yellow Medicine East, who has a 28-10 record.

Tyler Kuechle at 140 had to give it all he could, as he was the only Cub that had to confirm his trip to the state tournament with a true second match. In the quarter finals, Tyler won by a fall in 39 seconds over Jacob Demarais from HL-W-W. In the semi-finals, Tyler had a close match with Victor Lumley from Holdingford, winning by a 4-3 decision. In the finals, Tyler faced Larry Bomstad from ACGC, currently ranked second, Tyler lost the match 7-13. If the person who takes third does not see the second place finisher, then there is a true second match, that is what happened in Tyler's bracket. In the true second match, Tyler beat Austin Collins from Osakis with a 5-2 decision confirming his trip to state. Tyler will head into the state tournament with a 29-5 record, and will face Tyler Jackson from Kenyon-Wanamingo who has a 17-2 record.

Jordan Joseph at 145 took home Kimball's second gold on the night, with a very controlled tournament. In the quarter finals, Jordan won a 6-0 decision over Cody Rupert from Osakis. In the semi-final match Jordan won a 6-4 decision over Josh Hiepler from Paynesville, and in the finals, Jordan faced off against ninth-ranked Matt Meyer from ACGC. Jordan controlled the match the whole time and defeated Matt by a 3-1 decision. Jordan will head into state with a 38-2 record and will face Myles Moreno from Hayfield who has a 13-7 record.

Caramon Hansen at 152 kept things rolling and brought home the third first-place finish. Caramon started out in the quarter finals with a fall in 1:33 over Adam Gregory of B-B-E. In the semi-finals, Caramon had a physical match against Mike Downham from EV-W, Caramon came out on the winning end with a 5-4 decision. In the finals, Caramon wrestled a smart match, getting a 7-3 decision win over Maverick Whitcomb from ACGC. Caramon will head into the state tournament with a 33-5 record and will face Seth Hofland from New York Mills with a 32-10 record.

David Joseph was the last Cub to qualify for the state tournament with his first-place finish. In the quarter finals, David won by a fall in 28 seconds over Cody Kittleson from Minnewaska. In the semi-finals, David won by a fall in 5:13 over Kody Klein from Paynesville. In the finals, David won by a 10-4 decision over Brandon Walz from EV-W. David will head into the state tournament with a 37-2 record and will face off against Cory Wensmann from Royalton/Upsala who has a 15-14 record.

The Cubs did place 13 in the section tournament. Other kids that placed include: Mitch Pramann at 135 placed fifth, Travis Schiefelbein at 160 placed third, Quentin Bryce at 171 placed sixth, Alex Thurber at 215 placed fourth, and Austin Schiefelbein at hwt placed sixth.

The Cubs will start off the 2011 state tournament at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 3, when they will face Lake Crystal Welcome Memorial in the quarter finals of the team tournament. Friday March 4, the individual part of the tournament will start and Kimball will start wrestling at 9 a.m.