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Chris Murphy, Published February 28 2014

Moorhead goes 1-5 at state wrestling tournament

ST. PAUL – Only 24 hours previously, the Moorhead wrestling squad was celebrating a fifth-place team finish on the mats at the Xcel Energy Center. Thursday was the Spuds’ day. Friday was not.

“I think it was obviously a good season because we achieved our goal of getting fifth place,” said Moorhead senior 132-pounder Kenny Mark, who was the lone Spuds wrestler to make it to the quarterfinals. “Obviously, losing is never fun. Wish I could have had more people with me.”

Moorhead had four wrestlers qualify individually for the Class 3A state tournament. The Spuds went 1-5.

“In the state tournament, you control your own destiny,” Moorhead coach Skip Toops said. “If you want to guarantee you’re going to wrestle again, you have to win your first match.”

Losses by Samuel Grove and Joseph Grove summed up the day for Moorhead. Joseph Grove was up 8-0 before being pinned with 32 seconds remaining at 160 pounds. Samuel Grove came in ranked sixth at 170, but lost a 5-2 decision in the first round. The two lost on mats beside one another.

Grant Brendemuhl fell 7-5 at 106 pounds and, since none of the wrestlers they lost to went on to win in the quarterfinals, the days were done for three of the four Spuds wrestlers.

Ranked eighth at 132, Mark won his opening match 3-1, but fell 15-4 in the quarterfinals and in the first round of wrestlebacks 3-1.

Border West, Verndale wrestlers stay perfect

Most people take things one game or one match at a time. Border West 120-pounder Cameron Sykora isn’t like most people.

“I don’t try to think about it too much,” Sykora said. “One title at a time.”

What Sykora doesn’t think about is entering the history books for high school wrestling in Minnesota.

The three-time state champ punched his ticket to the semifinals at 120 pounds in Class 1A on Friday. Sykora is trying to become just the 18th wrestler in Minnesota high school wrestling history to win four state titles. Ranked No. 1, Sykora moved to 33-0, trying to make it back-to-back perfect seasons.

Verndale’s Dillon Card lost in the quarterfinals the last two seasons at the state wrestling tournament. Friday, he moved to 43-0 overall and will enter Day 2 in the championship bracket for the first time.

“I’ve never made it out of the quarters, so this was huge for me,” said Card, ranked No. 2 in Class 1A at 220 pounds. “You just have to go out there and do what you know how to do. There’s no time for thinking at the state tournament.”

Detroit Lakes looking for first state champ

Detroit Lakes has never had an individual state champion. The Lakers have three chances today with three wrestlers in the Class 2A semifinals. Braydon Ortloff (106 pounds), Parker Jackson (152) and James Huwe (285) will try to be the first Lakers state champion.

CLASS 1A

Championship first round

106: Anthony Kern, Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale, dec. Isaak Isane, Badger-GB-MR, 6-0; Tanner Pasvogel, Sibley East, dec. Jake Nohre, West Central Area-Ashby-Evansville, 7-0; Willie Meine, Fertile-Beltrami, dec. Andrew Nissen, Blackduck-Cass Lake Bena, 7-3. 113: Levi Larkin, WCA-A-E, forfeit Tanner Reetz, Frazee; Joey Majerus, Zumbrota-Mazeppa, technical fall Danny Franco, Pelican Rapids. 120: Cameron Sykora, Border West, technical fall Tyler Bare, Aikin; Miguel Ambriz, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, dec. Byron Byer, Frazee, 9-4; Spencer Jenniges, Wabasso-Red Rock Central, dec. Conrado Kondos, Breckenridge-Campbell-Tintah, 8-1. 126: Blane Tschida, Kimball, pin Tracer Lee, Border West, 0:37; Grant Jepson, Frazee, dec. Landyn VanOverbeke, 11-8. 132: Levi Marsh, Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial, dec. Kyler Votava, Barnesville, 3-2 (4 OT); Kole Lefebvre, Mahnomen-Waubun, dec. Brett Nelson, Crosby-Ironton, 5-3. 138: Ryan Engfer, Osakis, dec. Jake Larkin, West Central Area-Ashby-Evansville, 4-1 (3OT); Bryce Bruner, Minneota-Lincoln HI, dec. Austin Skillings, Frazee, 6-1; Rylee Anderson, Barnesville, dec. Evan Woitalla, Pierz, 4-3. 145: Justin Davis, Park Rapids, dec. Noah Greenfield, Maple River, 3-2; Alec Engler, Minneota-Lincoln HI, dec. Kody Lefebvre, Mahnomen-Waubun, 6-0. 152: Royal Crow, West Central Area-Ashby-Evansville, dec. Jake Magnell, Red Lake County Central, 2-1 (OT). 160: Luke Norland, Jackson County Central, dec. Hobet Diaz, Pelican Rapids, 13-3. 170: Keegan Moore, Jackson County Central, pin Alex Fuchs, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, 2:34. 182: Kody Van Den Eykel, Frazee, major dec. Riley Gruenhagen, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, 11-2; Tim Krueger, River Valley, dec. Kal Handyside, Mahnomen-Waubun, 6-1. 195: Lucas Ethcason, Triton, major dec. Garrett Pemelton, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, 10-2; Tyler Patron, New York Mills, dec. Chase Norton, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sundburg, 2-1; Hunter Fick. West Central Area-Ashby-Evansville, dec. Tanner Templin, Blackduck-Cass Lake Bena, 7-2. 220: Eric Norgrant, Wabasha-Kellog, pin Eddie Ramos, Pelican Rapids, 1:52; Jaden Erikkila, Nash-Kee-Greenway pin Tyler Oberg, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, 2:44; Dillon Card, Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale, dec. Todd Erickson, New Richland. 285: Garrett Malstrom, Frazee, pin Garett Schanus, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, 2:50.

Championship quarterfinals

106: Brock Buysse, Minneota-Lincoln HI, dec. Kern, B-H-V, 4-1; Skylar Hieronimus, Adrian, dec. Mein, F-B, 9-2. 113: Jared Goldsmith, Chatfield, pin Larkin, WCA-A-E, 0:44. 120: Sykora, BW, technical fall Ryan Killeen, Spectrum. 126: Chris Ortman, Pierz, dec. Jepson, F, 5-2. 132: Jason Meyer, Sibley East, major dec. Kole Lefebvre, M-W, 8-0. 138: Dylan Boettcher, Saint Clair-Mankato Loyola, dec. Anderson, B, 4-1. 145: Devin Barthel, Wadena-Deer Creek, dec. Dravis, PR, 8-6 (OT). 152: Brady Bos, Pipestone, dec. Crow, WCA-A-E, 4-1. 182: Colten Carlson, United South Central, dec. Van Den Eykel, F, 10-3. 195: Wyatt Richardson, Grand Meadow-LeRoy-Os-Kings, dec. Patron, NYM, 2-1; Fick, WCA-A-E, dec. Derek Ludwig, Paynesville, 8-2. 220: Card, B-H-V, dec. Zach Kennedy, Pine Island, 2-1. 285: Alex Schroepfer, W-RRC, pin Malstrom, F, 2:16.

Wrestlebacks

106: Kern, B-W-V, dec. Rylan Molinaro, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, 4-1 (3 OT); Meine, F-B, pin Adam Legred, Blue Earth, 2:18; Ethan Cota, Kenyon-Wanamingo, dec. Nohre, WCA-A-E, 7-1. 113: Larkin, WCA-A-E, dec. Lucas Reiplinger, B-CLB 4-2; Franco, PR, dec. Michael Petron, Royalton-Upsala, 10-4. 120: Kondos, B-C-T, dec. Brandon Sullivan, Pierz, 6-1; B. Byer, F, dec. Van Sickel, Chatfield, 2-0. 126: Seth Elwood, Medford, dec. Jepson, F, 7-1. 132: Michael Preuss, Adrian, pin Kole Lefebvre, M-W, 3:53. 138: Skillings, F, dec. Austin Brockhoff, Sibley East, 6-4 (OT); Anderson, B, dec. Brady Mehr, Kimball, 3-0. 145: Nicholas Meyer, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, dec. Dravis, PR, 3-2. 152: Devin Meagher, Paynesville, pin Crow, WCA-A-E, 4:52. 170: Jesse Slater, Adrian, pin Fuchs, D-G-F, 4:31. 160: Cain Renner, Eden Valley-Watkins, major dec. Diaz, PR, 10-2. 182: Van Den Eykel, F, dec. Ari Harnitz, Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial, 3-1; Handyside, M-W, dec. Drew Peterson, Staples-Motley, 6-5. 195: Patron, NYM, dec. Ryley Smude, Pierz, 7-5. 220: Tyler Olson, Maple River, pin Ramos, PR, 4:22. 285: Malstrom, F, pin Mike Schively, Wabasha-Kellogg, 2:04.

CLASS 2A

Championship first round

106: Bryadon Ortloff, Detroit Lakes, pin Logan Donais, Big Lake, 5:24. 113: Nate Carlson, Annandale-Maple Lake, major dec. Ben Nelson, Perham, 10-0. 120: Chase Curtis, Perham, dec. ChueShee Vang, Minneapolis Patrick Henry, 8-6. 126: David Flynn, Scott West, dec. Sam Pirrotta, Perham, 5-0. 145: Mason Swegarden, UCB, dec. Aaron Sweeney, Watertown-Mayer-Mayer Lutheran, 4-1. 152: Parker Jackson, Detroit Lakes, major dec. Carter Barnes, Monticello, 17-6. 160: Zack Zimmer, Becker, dec. Jarrett Nosal, Detroit Lakes, 4-1; Dane Ringquist, Fergus Falls, dec. Khalil Christiansen, 6-2. 170: Josh Selly, Tri City United, pin Cole Schmitz, Perham, 1:27; Derek Johnson, Cannon Falls, major dec. Jonah Lange, UCB, 10-2. 182: Trom Peterson, Simley, dec. William Parks, Perham, 3-1. 195: Abram Aho, Fergus Falls, dec. Chase O’Connor, Kasson-Mantorville, 3-1. 220: Kirby Siewert, Detroit Lakes, dec. Will Rusch, Grand Rapids, 1-0. 285: James Huwe, Detroit Lakes, pin Rashad Nixon, Simley, 1:24.

Championship quarterfinals

106: Ortloff, DL, dec. Jon Schmid, Orono, 11-4. 120: Ryan Epps, Cannon Falls, pin Curtis, P, 3:36. 145: Swegarden, UCB, major dec. Jake Berthiaume, Monticello, 17-6. 152: Jackson, DL, dec. Keith Abraham, Dawson-Boyd-Lac Qui Parle-Montedvideo United, 11-5. 160: Ringquist, FF, dec. Ben Boran, WEM-JWP, 5-1. 195: Aho, FF, dec. Chris Bauman, Simley, 4-2 (3 OT). 220: Christian DuLaney, Benilde-St. Margaret’s, pin Siewert, DL, 0:31. 285: Huwe, DL, pin Leandre Bauswell, Columbia Heights, 1:27.

Wrestlebacks

120: Jackson Sweeney, Watertown-Mayer-Mayer Lutheran, dec. Curtis, P, 6-2. 170: Blake Schroeder, Worthington, technical fall Schmitz, P. 182: Tyler Midas, Foley, dec. Parks, P, 9-2. 220: Siewert, DL, major dec. Tyshaun Brown, Thief River Falls, 9-1.

CLASS 3A

Championship first round

106: Neil Schmalz, Mound-Westonka, dec. Grant Brendemuhl, Moorhead, 7-5. 132: Kenny Mark, Moorhead, dec. Tyler Hanson, Prior Lake, 3-1. 160: Tyler Graham, Roseville, pin Joseph Grove, Moorhead. 170: Robby Schultz, Prior Lake, dec. Samuel Grove, Moorhead, 5-2.

Championship quarterfinals

132: Brandon Moen, Owatonna, major dec. Mark, M, 15-4.

Wrestlebacks

132: Logan Dick, Maple Grove, dec. Mark, M, 3-1.

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