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State Wrestling: Card finishes second

Dillon Card was close yet again. The 220-pound senior from Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale rolled into the championship match of the Class 1A individual state tournament Saturday at Xcel Energy Center. There, the top-ranked Card faced fifth-ranked Manuel ...

Dillon Card was close yet again.

The 220-pound senior from Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale rolled into the championship match of the Class 1A individual state tournament Saturday at Xcel Energy Center.

There, the top-ranked Card faced fifth-ranked Manuel Garcia of BOLD.

Garcia handed Card his first loss of the season - an 8-3 decision.

Card scored a 4-2 decision over sixth-ranked Ian Morrison of Chatfield in the semifinal round. Card, who was recovering from a broken wrist for most of the regular season finished the season 11-1.

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In four state trips, he finished fifth, third last year and second.

Aitkin's Noah Landrus finished his junior season with a fourth-place medal around his neck. The fourth-ranked 160 pounder lost to top-ranked and eventual state champion Paden Moore 8-1 in the semifinals.

"Noah wrestled really well and he would have liked to have placed higher, but he ran into a tough kid in Paden," said Aitkin head coach Kevin Lamke. "Noah was a little tentative to start out with and Moore kind of took Noah out of his style of wrestling. Moore made Noah wrestle the way Moore wanted to. That's about it. There was no complaints about how he wrestled. The other kid was just a little bit better."

Landrus regrouped in the wrestlebacks and upset third-ranked Nicholas Esping of Minneota 9-5 to reach the third-place match. That's where second-ranked Ted Androli of Kenyon-Wanamingo scored a 10-1 decision over Landrus. Landrus ended his junior season with a 37-5 record.

"After that semifinal match we told him that we're going to see how you react to adversity," said Lamke. "That next match was going to define his wrestling career and he wrestled with a lot of confidence and wrestled very well. We told him, in wrestling, like in any other sport, you have to have a short memory. He did an excellent job of keeping his head and just dealing with the task at hand."

Pierz's Kolton Eischens and Brandon Ortman both lost their semifinal match and fell into the fifth-place match. Eischens, the top-ranked 152-pounder, beat Leo Buysee of Minneota 15-5 to finish fifth and end his junior season 42-2.

Eischens was upset by second-ranked Shane Siewert of Lake City in the semifinals. Siewert went on to win the state title.

Ortman also lost to the eventual state champion in No. 4 ranked Tanner Reetz during the semifinals. The sophomore could never recover losing his next two matches to top-ranked Jared Goldsmith of Chatfield and seventh-ranked Brandon Laborde to finish sixth.

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Staples-Motley's Alex Erpelding also dealt with the same fate as he lost 6-5 to the top-ranked and eventual state champion Hank Friederichs of Chatfield in the semifinals.

The unranked Erpelding then lost to No. 4 ranked Nik Borchert before scoring a 1-0 victory over No. 5 ranked Austin Brockhoff of Sibley East. Erpelding, a sophomore, finished ffith with a 38-5 season record.

Class 1A results

Saturday's semifinals

120: Tanner Reetz (Frazee) dec. Brandon Ortman (Pierz) 2-0

145: Hank Friederichs (Chatfield) dec. Alex Erpelding (Staples-Motley) 6-5

152: Shane Siewert (Lake City) dec. Kolton Eischens (Pierz) 10-4

160: Paden Moore (Jackson County Central) dec. Noah Landrus (Ait) 8-1

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220: Dillon Card (Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale) dec. Ian Morrison (Chatfield) 4-2

Wrestling backs

120: Joey Majerus (Zumbrota-Mazeppa) maj. dec. Anthony Kern (Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale) 9-1; Jared Goldsmith (Chatfield) dec. Ortman (Prz) 8-6

145: Nik Borchert (Mille Lacs) pinned Erpelding (SM) 3:43

152: Justin Dravis (Park Rapids) pinned Eischens (Prz) 1:27

160: Landrus (Ait) dec. Nicholas Esping (Minneota) 9-5

Championship

220: Manuel Garcia (BOLD) dec. Card (BHV) 8-3

Third-place match

160: Ted Androli (Kenyon-Wanamingo) maj. dec. Landrus (Ait) 10-1

Fifth-place matches

120: Brandon Laborde (Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial) pinned Ortman (Prz) 3:00

145: Erpelding (SM) dec. Austin Brockhoff (Sibley East) 1-0

152: Eischens (dec) maj. dec. Leo Buysee (Minneota) 15-5

JEREMY MILLSOP may be reached at 855-5856 or jeremy.millsop@brainerddispatch.com . Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jeremymillsop .

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