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Published March 07 2010

MN state wrestling: Breckenridge-C-T's Erlandson comes up short

ST. PAUL – Now Stephen Erlandson knows what it’s like to be one of his opponents. The Breckenridge-Campbell-Tintah sophomore fell to top-ranked Cooper Moore of Jackson County Central, 13-2, in the Class 1A 160-pound title match at the Minnesota state wrestling tournament at Xcel Energy Center.

Erlandson was trying to become the Cowboys’ first ever state champ.

“He did a lot of moves I like to do, and I’m not used to seeing the same style that I wrestle,” Erlandson said. “He was good. That’s a hard kid to wrestle. He just kept scoring.”

Erlandson (38-3) had been taken down just five times in his first 40 matches. Moore scored four takedowns on Saturday.

“He just about doubled that total,” Erlandson said. “He surprised me with more upper body work than I thought he would do, but he was so strong.”

Erlandson was visibly upset after his loss, but the sophomore’s disappointment turned around.

Before the rest of the finals were even finished, he was wondering when the high-school’s weight room would be open again.

“Monday morning?” Erlandson said. “I’ve got to get to work. I obviously need a little bit more.

“I have to keep improving. This taught me not to settle for anything.”

Thorson, Revering both fall in 2A finals

Colton Thorson got caught out of position just once this season. It was enough to cost the Fergus Falls senior a state title.

Marshal Ash of Milaca caught Thorson in a cradle early in the second period and scored three nearfall points – giving him just enough for a 3-1 victory in the Class 2A 215-pound title match.

“I just got caught,” Thorson said. “It hurts because it’s the last time I’m going to wrestle in high school, and I got caught in one move. That was the difference between being a state champ.”

It was the only loss of the season for Thorson (44-1).

“This taught me about hard work, and to keep working to reach your goals,” Thorson said. “But just because I didn’t reach my goal here doesn’t mean I won’t achieve my goals in life.”

Thorson’s teammate Dan Revering also lost, dropping a 6-2 decision against Simley’s Kurtis Julson.

Revering (42-2) was resigned to the fact that he just got beat by a better wrestler.

“I couldn’t get in on him at all. I’d give him my best shots, and his legs would be uphe fact tht and gone before I got even close,” Revering said. “But this is a great accomplishment for me.

“I wanted to win. I like to win. But getting second at state my first time here, that’s something I can be happy with.”

West Central Area’s Long comes up short

Jake Long’s run for back-to-back state championships ran into an undefeated wall named Justin Buss from Chatfield.

Buss scored a 5-2 win in the 145-pound Class 1A title match to top Long, who was the top-ranked wrestler in the class all year. Buss, who missed the early part of the season while recovering from a football injury, finished 30-0.

Long was last year’s Class 1A champion at 140. Brady Schneeberger is the only other WCA wrestler to win a state title, claiming the 130-pound crown in 2006.

Takedowns

Moorhead’s Mark Wychor finished fourth at heavyweight in Class 3A. … Perham’s Sam Warne was third at 125, and teammate Jesse Hein was fourth at heavyweight in Class 2A. … Mahnomen-Waubun’s Caleb Lanoue was third in Class 1A at 152, beating Frazee’s Jake Schermerhorn. … New York Mills’ Jordan Novak was fourth at 135 in Class 1A. … Apple Valley had nine wrestlers in the Class 3A finals, and had seven state champs.

Championship matches

Class 2A

160

Kurtis Julson, Simley, dec. Dan Revering, Fergus Falls, 6-2

215

Marshal Ash, Milaca, dec. Colton Thorson, Fergus Falls, 3-1.

Class 1A

145

Justin Buss, Chatfield, dec. Jake Long, West Central Area, 5-2.

160

Cooper Moore, Jackson County Central, maj. dec. Stephen Erlandson, Breckenridge-Campbell-Tintah, 13-2.


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