Three area wrestlers qualify for state
UNC's Ethan Hendrickson and Torrey Carlson will join Nevis' Dawson McGee at the Class A tournament.
United North Central’s Ethan Hendrickson and Torrey Carlson and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis’ Dawson McGee qualified for the state Class A wrestling tournament during the Section 7A-8A Super Regionals at Cass Lake on Saturday, March 20.
Hendrickson claimed the state preliminary title while Carlson and McGee had to win true-second matches to advance to state. Hendrickson, who placed sixth at 106 pounds in 2019 as a freshman and was the state runner-up at 113 as a sophomore last season, will be making his third trip to state while McGee qualified for the second time. Carlson will be making his state debut.
Hendrickson posted a 19-4 technical fall win over Rush City-Braham’s Cavon Schroeder in the quarterfinals, won a 13-3 major decision over Deer River’s Tygh Gullickson in the semifinals and defeated Frazee’s Jake Nagel 6-1 in the championship match at 132.
Carlson opened with an 11-0 major decision over Ogilvie’s Owen Heins in the quarterfinals and a 6-2 minor decision over Holdingford’s Sam Harren in the semifinals before dropping a 21-6 technical fall decision to Crookston’s Ethan Boll in the title match at 195. The UNC junior qualified for state with a 5-0 minor decision over Frazee’s Howard Solem in a true-second match.
McGee also won a true-second match to earn runner-up honors at 113. After opening with a 9-5 triple overtime decision over Fosston/Bagley’s Aiden Wolfe in the quarterfinals, McGee was sent into the wrestlebacks with a 13-7 loss to Deer River’s Zach Ikola in the semifinals. McGee rebounded with a 10-8 overtime decision over Crookston’s Nolan Dans and a 6-2 minor decision over Holdingford’s Masyn Patrick in the third-place match. The Nevis sophomore qualified for state with an 8-6 minor decision over Aitkin’s Nathan Trotter in a true-second match.
“After looking at the brackets, I felt really confident about five of our wrestlers getting through the Super Section. Torrey and Ethan were among those. Unfortunately we made a couple mistakes and just got those two through,” said United North Central head coach Jacob Oyster. “We reminded them to get good and warm before each match and focus on the match in front of them and not to look ahead or past their next opponent.”
“Dawson is a kid that has seemed to peak at the right time. We were confident going into the Section 7A tournament, but he definitely had an off day. We were blessed to qualify for (Super Regionals) and have another opportunity to prove his wrestling ability,” said WHAN head coach Colby Marich. “All of us knew that the road Saturday was going to be a tough one. After the triple overtime win in the first match to Section 8's No. 1 seed, we definitely saw a different wrestler (than at the Section 7A tournament). He lost a couple of scrambles in the semifinals that cost him that match, but his body of work all day Saturday was outstanding. Every one of his five matches was a dog fight.”
Hendrickson (31-0 record), Carlson (20-6) and McGee (23-8) will be seeking medals at the state Class A tournament, which will be held at St. Michael-Albertville High School on Saturday (March 27) starting at 2 p.m. Hendrickson, who was rated No. 3 in the latest state poll, drew a rematch with Nagel (21-4) to open the state quarterfinals. McGee will wrestle Pipestone Area’s Hudson Burnett, who is 28-2 and rated No. 3 in the state. Carlson will face Benson’s Thomas Dineen, who is rated No. 1 with a 34-0 record. Because only two wrestlers advanced from each of the four Super Regionals, each bracket has only eight competitors this season.
“I am very happy and excited for Dawson for his second appearance at the state tournament,” said Marich. “This year is a unique year with how the tournament is set up, but we are confident if the Dawson that showed up (Saturday) is there next Saturday, he will have a very good chance of being successful.”
“I just want them to relax and do their best. If they do that, they don't have anything to worry about,” said Oyster. “Torrey is really starting to figure a lot of things out, so he is looking really good now. Unfortunately, Torrey is also a little banged up right now, so I just want to see him get healthy and perform at a high level. Ethan never thinks he should lose, and with that attitude and the amount of time and hard work he puts in, I don't think he should either. We have no reason to believe that Ethan isn't a title contender. I just want them to again take it one match at a time and be confident and relaxed and they are going to do great. We are coming home with some hardware. These guys work too hard to not.”
Skaro finishes 3rd; Torma, Kritzeck 4th
Park Rapids qualified three wrestlers for the Super Regionals with Lucas Kritzeck going 2-2 to place fourth at 145. Kritzeck opened with a 2-0 minor decision over Ogilvie’s Rhett Hudoba before being pinned by Royalton-Upsala’s Jacob Leibold in the semifinals. Kritzeck rebounded by pinning Fertile-Beltrami’s Seth Lavalier in 3:35 before being pinned by Aitkin’s Carson Kullhem in the third-place match. Park Rapids’ Robby Sherk went 1-2 at 106 while Wrigley Clark went 0-2 at 113. Kritzeck finished with a 20-9 record, Sherk finished at 18-4 and Clark finished with a 13-12 record.
Two other UNC wrestlers contended for state berths as Hunter Skaro went 3-1 to place third at 126 and Logan Torma went 2-2 to place fourth at 170.
Skaro opened with a 5-1 decision over Rush City-Braham’s Landon Umbreit before dropping a 4-3 decision to Royalton-Upsala’s Will Gorecki in the semifinals. Skaro rebounded by pinning Mahnomen/Waubun’s Garret Eiynck in 3:20 and defeating Crookston’s Ethan Bowman 6-0 in the wrestlebacks. When Gorecki lost in the finals, Skaro was denied a true-second match. Skaro ended the season with a 26-6 record.
After being pinned by Mille Lacs’ Daniel Miller in 3:23 in the first match, Torma pinned Mahnomen/Waubun’s Sophie Rojas in 2:21 and Frazee’s Max Rue in 4:57 to reach the third-place match. Torma was denied a chance at a true-second match when Miller pinned him again in 2:58. Torma concluded the season with a 9-14 record.
The other Warriors competing were Dylan Rasmussen at 138, Hank Tellers at 152, Dakota Meech at 160 and Marcus Peterson at 285. All four wrestlers went 1-2 in their matches. Rasmussen ended the season with a 22-9 record, Tellers finished at 14-8, Meech went 23-9 and Peterson compiled a 20-9 record.