Class 1A Wrestling: Five in contention for gold
Kolton Eischens and Dillon Card remained unbeaten as the two advanced to the Class 1A state individual semifinals Friday at Xcel Energy Center. Eischens, a junior 152-pounder from Pierz, opened with an 11-4 decision over Barnesville's eighth-rank...
Kolton Eischens and Dillon Card remained unbeaten as the two advanced to the Class 1A state individual semifinals Friday at Xcel Energy Center.
Eischens, a junior 152-pounder from Pierz, opened with an 11-4 decision over Barnesville's eighth-ranked Conner Meyer. The top-ranked Eischens then posted a 14-3 victory over United South Central's Derek Herman, who is ranked No. 4, to improve to 41-0. It was Eischens' 150th career win.
Eischens will face second-ranked Shane Siewert of Lake City. Siewert is 35-2 on the season.
Despite missing most of the season with a wrist injury, Dillon Card hasn't be hampered by rust. The Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale senior and top-ranked 220-pounder sent Aitkin's Kyle Lynn to the wrestlebacks with an 8-1 win. He then pinned third-ranked Jared Welch of Wabasso/Red Rock Central in just 28 seconds.
Card will face Chatfield's Ian Morrison in Saturday's semifinal. Morrison is ranked sixth and owns a 32-8 record. Card is 10-0.
Also advancing to Saturday's semifinals is Pierz's Brandon Ortman. The sophomore pinned AJ Schmidt of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City and then upset No. 2 ranked Joey Majerus of Zumbrota-Mazeppa 8-7.
The unranked Ortman is 36-2 and will face Frazee's Tanner Reetz. The fourth-ranked Reetz (37-3) beat Ortman 8-2 in Thursday's team quarterfinals.
Aitkin's Noah Landrus opened with an 8-3 decision over Kimball's Tanner Schreifels in the 160-pound bracket. The fourth-ranked junior then topped No. 9 ranked Cameron Lundeen of Red Lake County 10-5.
Landrus, who now owns a 36-3 record, will face top-ranked Paden Moore (41-1) Saturday.
Alex Erpelding will represent Staples-Motley in the 145-pound semifinals. The unranked sophomore improved to 37-3 after beating Blue Earth's Mike Ankeny 11-6. Erpelding then knocked No. 5-ranked Austin Brockhoff of Sibley East into the wrestlebacks with a 7-3 decision.
Class 1A results
106: Austin DeVlaeminck (Minneota) pinned Reese Kapsner (Pierz) 1:06
113: Kaden Spindler (Border West) pinned Jake Andres (Pierz) 3:12
120: Anthony Kern (Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale) maj. dec. Brendon Reiss (Minneota) 8-0; Brandon Ortman (Pierz) pinned AJ Schmidt (Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City) 3:03
126: Byron Byer (Frazee) dec. Eric Lisson (Staples-Motley) 1-0
132: Blane Tschida (Kimball) tech. fall Andrew Tomala (Pierz) 5:19
138: Carter Wright (Wadena-Deer Creek) dec. Dan Nordean (Aitkin) 7-1
145: Alex Erpelding (Staples-Motley) dec. Mike Ankeny (Blue Earth Area) 11-6; Jerod Novak (Aitkin) pinned Brady Mehr (Kimball) 3:48
152: Kolton Eischens (Pierz) dec. Conner Meyer (Barnesville) 11-4
160: Ted Androli (Kenyon-Wanamingo) dec. Ethan Kimber (Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale) 7-1; Noah Landrus (Aitkin) dec. Tanner Schreifels (Kimball) 8-3
170: Jesse Slater (Adrian) dec. Brett Kapsner (Pierz) 5-0; Dalton Elliot (Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial) pinned Holt Truax (Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale) 3:14
195: Alan Bast (Aitkin) dec. Jacob Bleess (Chatfield) 6-3;
220: Dillon Card (Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale) dec. Kyle Lynn (Aitkin) 8-1
285: Nate Elzen (Medford) pinned Austin Gall (Pierz) 2:50
120: Tanner Reetz (Frazee) dec. Kern (BHV) 8-2; Ortman (Pierz) dec. Joey Majerus (Zumbrota-Mazeppa) 8-7
138: Ben Baumgartner (Park Rapids) pinned Wright (WDC) 3:57
145: Erpelding (SM) dec. Austin Brockhoff (Sibley East) 7-3;Hank Friederichs (Chatfield) dec. Novak (Ait) 3-0
152: Eischens (Pierz) maj. dec. Derek Herman (United South Central) 14-3
160: Landrus (Ait) dec. Cameron Lundeen (Red Lake County Central) 10-5
195: Garrett Pemelton (Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton) dec. Bast (Ait) 5-1
220: Card (BHV) pinned Jared Welch (Wabasso/Red Rock Central) :28
120: Ortman (Pierz) vs. Reetz (Frazee)
145: Erpelding (SM) vs. Friederichs (Chatfield)
152: Eischens (Pierz) vs. Shane Siewert (Lake City)
160: Landrus (Ait) vs. Paden Moore (Jackson County Central)
220: Card (BHV) vs. Ian Morrison (Chatfield)
120: Kern (BHV) dec. Lincoln Arndt (Maple River) 7-0; Kern vs. Majerus (Z-M)
132: Ryker VanderWoude (Jackson County Central) dec. Tomala (Pierz) 6-3
138: Andrew Schmidt (Lake City) maj. dec. Wright (WDC) 14-2
145: Logan Rogers (Adrian) dec. Novak (Ait) 4-0
195: Sam Erckenbrack (New York Mills) dec. Bast (Ait) 4-3
220: Welch (W/RRC) dec. Lynn (Ait) 1-0
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