Clark, Schmidt advance to state semifinals


Park Rapids' Ashton Clark and Nevis' Kyle Schmidt won quarterfinal matches Friday night at the Xcel Energy Center to earn spots in the state wrestling semifinals.

A first-period takedown and second-period reversal gave Clark a 4-2 decision over Hibbing's Francis Fuenffinger in a Class AA 113-pound quarterfinal match. Clark will face Foley's Nate Garceau in Saturday's semifinals, which begin at 10:15 a.m.

Schmidt earned a spot in the Class A 220-pound semifinals following a 5-3 overtime decision over ACGC's Tanner Berghuis. Schmidt took a 2-0 lead with a first-period takedown before forcing overtime with an escape in the third period. A takedown in overtime sent Schmidt to the semifinals in his first state appearance.

United North Central's Toby Kintzman was thrown into the wrestlebacks after dropping a 6-2 decision to Goodhue's Mason Huemann in a Class A 152-pound quarterfinal match. Hintzman will face Minneota's Cole Vanoverbeke in an elimination match.

Nevis' Dillon McGee, who opened the tournament with a 6-4 loss to Minneota's Teddy Pesch, was eliminated from the Class A 132-pound bracket when Pesch lost to OCB's Nate Hart 3-2 in the quarterfinals.