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Wrestling: Area wrestlers qualify for state tournament

Park Rapids' Robby Sherk, 8 from United North Central advance.

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Park Rapids' Robby Sherk qualified for the state Class AA wrestling tournament with a runner-up finish at 106 pounds at the Section 8AA tournament on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022.
Vance Carlson / Park Rapids Enterprise

Nine area wrestlers fulfilled their goals by qualifying for state.

Park Rapids’ Robby Sherk was the runner-up at 106 pounds at the Section 8AA tournament at Melrose on Saturday, Feb. 26.

At the Section 8A tournament at Crookston on Saturday, Feb. 26, United North Central qualified eight wrestlers for the state Class A tournament. Winning section titles were Ethan Hendrickson at 145, Eion Ness at 160 and Torrey Carlson at 195. Also qualifying for the Warriors by placing second were Conrad Koll at 106, Zach Hendrickson at 120, Aaron Lake at 126, Hank Tellers at 152 and Marcus Peterson at 285.

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UNC will also compete in the Class A team tournament by facing No. 3-seeded Royalton/Upsala in a quarterfinal match at 11 a.m. on Thursday (March 3) at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

The state Class A and Class AA individual tournaments will begin on Friday (March 4) at 9 a.m. and will conclude on Saturday (March 5).

Sherk qualifies for first state meet

MELROSE — As the No. 2 seed, Sherk was expected to qualify for his first state tournament.

The Park Rapids junior used a bye and two pins to reach the championship match and advance to state.

Sherk pinned Fergus Falls’ Jacob Fronning in 1:04 in the quarterfinals and Alexandria’s Nolan Fettig in 32 seconds in the semifinals before being pinned by No. 1-seeded Parker Zutter of Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus in 5:52 in the title match.

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“Robby does a lot of good thighs to win matches. We just need to sharpen his skills to beat the best kids in the state,” said Park Rapids head coach Matt Clark. “He needs to focus on the task at hand, wrestle in the moment and do what he does best and I think he can win a bunch of matches at the state tournament. He is a dangerous wrestler because he always has a chance to pin his opponent.”

Also placing at the Section 8AA tournament for Park Rapids were Aiden Maanum (fourth at 113), Wrigley Clark (fourth at 120), Henry Thorson (fifth at 126), Jarrett Galzki (tied for eighth at 132), Cooper Ackerman (tied for eighth at 138), Cooper Darchuk (tied for eighth at 170) and D’Andre Johnson (sixth at 220).

The other section wrestlers for the Panthers were Andrew Johanning at 145 and Bradyn Hoffman at 160. Park Rapids was named the Section 8AA Academic champs.

“Henry and Aiden wrestled above their seeds, so that was nice to see. They gave themselves chances to move farther into the tournament, but it just did not work out in the end,” said Clark. “This year was hard to predict. We came off a messed up COVID year, We are in a new section and we had a couple of late-year injuries. The good thing is we have most of our team back to build on for next year.”

Park Rapids results

Robby Sherk (106): pinned Jacob Fronning, Fergus Falls, 1:04; pinned Nolan Fettig, Alexandria, :32; pinned by Parker Zutter, Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus, 5:52 (2nd).

Aiden Maanum (113): pinned Tristan Carrizales, Roseau, :44; pinned by Caleb Fronning, Fergus Falls, :59; won minor decision over Carsen Zeise, Perham, 9-7 (ot), won by injury default over Nick Svir, Thief River Falls; lost major decision to Fronning 16-5 (4th).

Wrigley Clark (120): pinned Kassten Hartwell, Fergus Falls, 5:04; pinned by Chandler Mickelson, Perham, 3:12; won minor decision over Tayten Mick, Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus, 9-7; pinned by Noah Jacobson, Thief River Falls, 1:18 (4th).

Henry Thorson (126): pinned by Taylor Johnson, United Clay Becker, 2:29; pinned Izaiah Vargas, Detroit Lakes, 1:02; pinned by Nicholas Peters, Perham, 2:57; won minor decision over Alex Anderson, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, 6-2 (5th).

Jarrett Galzki (132): pinned by Jackson Mikkelsen, United Clay Becker, 2:23; won by injury default over Cody Bartnes, Detroit Lakes, pinned by Patrick Locklear, Roseau, 1:38 (8th).

Cooper Ackerman (138) pinned by Oliver Mikkelsen, United Clay Becker, 4:52; pinned JOnathan Ramos, Perham, 3:43; pinned by Blaze Nelson, Alexandria, :54 (8th).

Andrew Johanning (145): pinned by Kaden Feldt, Perham, :51; pinned by Ryan Francis, United Clay Becker, 3:26.

Bradyn Hoffman (160): pinned by Bodey Devries, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, 2:21; pinned by Earl Stockman, Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus, 1:09.

Cooper Darchuk (170): pinned by Damon Ferguson, Thief River Falls, :54; pinned by Pablo Garcia, Alexandria, 2:29 (8th).

D’Andre Johnson (220): lost minor decision to Kevin Raya, Sauk Centre/Melrose, 5-2; pinned by Bryce Fischer, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, 5:07; pinned by Jolson Sargent, Thief River Falls, 4:31 (6th).

Warriors excel at Section 8A meet

CROOKSTON — Hendrickson, Ness and Carlson backed up their No. 1 seeds to win section titles and advance to state.

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Hendrickson received a bye before pinning Frazee’s Josh Mellema in 3:47 in the semifinals and Crookston’s Ethan Bowman in 4:00 in the 145 title match.

Ness followed a bye with a 16-0 technical fall win over Crookston’s Spencer Ness in the semifinals and a pin in 2:37 over Mahnomen/Waubun’s Will Olson in the 160 championship match.

Carlson used a bye, a pin in 5:15 over Frazee’s Erick Rodelo in the semifinals and a 4-1 minor decision over Fertile-Beltrami’s Tyler Stuhaug in the finals to claim the title at 195.

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United North Central had a very successful 2022 Section 8A tournament by qualifying eight individuals for the state Class A tournament and having five others place.
Contributed / Beth Rasmussen

Koll rebounded from a 9-5 loss to Crookston’s Evin Trudeau in the 106 title match to defeat Frazee’s Cash Osterman 6-4 in a true-second match. Zach Hendrickson lost a 6-2 decision to Crookston’s Gavyn Hlucny in the 120 finals. Fosston/Bagley’s Aiden Wolfe edged Lake 3-0 in the 126 title match. Frazee’s Jake Nagel defeated Tellers 4-2 for the title at 152. Peterson was pinned by Badger-Greenbush-Middle River’s Nathan Waage in 4:43 in the final at 285.

Just missing state trips by placing third for UNC were Mason Plautz at 170 and Shawn Hendrickson at 182. Both lost true-second matches. Also placing for the Warriors were Zach Davidson (sixth at 113), Wyatt Olson (fourth at 132) and Dylan Rasmussen (fourth at 138). Cooper Hasbargen wrestled at 220 for the Warriors.

“We wrestled great overall as a team at individual sections. I'm excited to send eight wrestlers to state. From my understanding, our previous record was five. I was expecting to send seven or eight to state, but I also knew 10 was very possible. Individual sections is always a very tough emotional day. You get so excited for the ones that advance and your heart breaks for those that fall short knowing they had higher goals,” said UNC head coach Jacob Oyster. “We still have individuals making noticeable daily improvements and I feel like almost everyone is peaking and wrestling their best matches now.”

Oyster says bringing home state medals would be the perfect way for the Warriors to cap off the season.

“Getting one wrestler to place is a pretty fun and challenging experience. To get all eight to do so would be outstanding. I do expect to have a handful of podium finishes for this group. They are very talented and driven, so anything less would be heartbreaking for them and the coaching staff,” said Oyster. “We are going to have a very busy tournament, but it's going to be fun having everyone working to get some team hardware and many of the individuals looking for their own podium finishes.”

United North Central results

Conrad Koll (106): won 15-0 technical fall over Ian Phrakonkham, Fosston/Bagley, 5:28; lost minor decision to Evin Trudeau, Crookston, 9-5; won minor decision over Cash Osterman, Frazee, 6-4 (2nd).

Zach Davidson (113): pinned by Dominick Neisen, Mahnomen/Waubun, 5:52; pinned Julian Ystenes, Fertile-Beltrami, 3:28; pinned by Kadin Harwood, Fosston/Bagley, 5:00; lost minor decision to Asher O’Brien, Barnesville, 14-2 (6th).

Zach Hendrickson (120): pinned Domanick Thompson, Fosston/Bagley, 1:19; won minor decision over Tyler Henderson, Fertile-Beltrami, 7-0; lost minor decision to Gavyn Hlucny, Crookston, 7-0 (2nd).

Aaron Lake (126): pinned Gage Vold-Vedbradten, Fertile-Beltrami, :49; pinned Blake McMullen, Mahnomen/Waubun, :47; lost minor decision to Aiden Wolfe, Fosston/Bagley, 3-0 (2nd).

Wyatt Olson (132): lost minor decision to Bailey Peichel, Frazee, 9-5; won minor decision over Brogan Beito, Badger-Greenbush-Middle River, 5-0; lost minor decision to Peichel 7-2 (4th).

Dylan Rasmussen (138): pinned Isaac Olson, Badger-Greenbush-Middle River, 1:37; pinned by Zach Thompson, Fosston/Bagley, 4:58; pinned Hunter Blilie, Barnesville, :27; pinned by Tyler Moe, Frazee, 1:56 (4th).

Ethan Hendrickson (145): pinned Josh Mellema, Frazee, 3:47; pinned Ethan Bowman, Crookston, 4:00 (1st).

Hank Tellers (152): pinned Damion Hanson, Badger-Greenbush-Middle River, 2:22; pinned Seth Lavalier, Fertile-Beltrami, 5:22; lost minor decision to Jake Nagel, Frazee, 4-2 (2nd).

Eion Ness (160): won 16-0 technical fall over Spencer Ness, Crookston, 3:52; pinned Will Olson, Mahnomen/Waubun, 2:37 (1st). 

Mason Plautz (170): pinned Kaden Sanford, Fosston/Bagley, 1:11; pinned by Daniel Graham, Frazee, 4:32; pinned Tyler Kieckbush, Fertile-Beltrami, :58; pinned Sanford 4:50 (3rd).

Shawn Hendrickson (182): pinned Gavin Grommesh, Barnesville, 3:23; pinned by Caleb Vacura, Badger-Greenbush-Middle River, :54; pinned Jonathan Rose, Fosston/Bagley, 1:02; won minor decision over Jack Graham, Frazee, 7-4; lost minor decision to Hunter Knutson, Crookston, 5-4 (3rd).

Torrey Carlson (195): pinned Erick Rodelo, Frazee, 5:15; won minor decision over Tyler Stuhaug, Fertile-Beltrami, 4-1 (1st).

Cooper Hasbargen (220): lost minor decision to Jordan Kroll, Barnesville, 12-6; lost minor decision to Blake Geray, Mahnomen/Waubun, 8-6.

Marcus Peterson (285): pinned James Flynn, Fertile-Beltrami, 1:44; pinned Warren Nelson, Fosston/Bagley, 2:45; pinned by Nathan Waage, Badger-Greenbush-Middle River, 4:43 (2nd).

Nevis wrestlers contend at Section 7A meet

CASS LAKE — Nevis had three wrestlers place for Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis at the Section 7A tournament at Cass Lake on Friday, Feb. 25.

Dawson McGee just missed returning to state by placing third at 120 while Nathan Keiser placed sixth at 220 and Phillip Crocker finished fourth at 285.

Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis results

Dawson McGee (120): won major decision over Riley Reese, Staples-Motley, 11-2; lost minor decision to Masyn Patrick, Holdingford, 5-2; won minor decision over Bryce Binek, Royalton/Upsala, 3-1 (ot); won by injury default over Carter Adickes, Mille Lacs (3rd).

Nathan Keiser (220): pinned Steven Petrich, Staples-Motley, 3:38; lost minor decision to Bryce Holm, Royalton/Upsala, 7-0; pinned by Lee Perrington, Deer River, 1:58; lost minor decision to Petrich 4-1 (6th).

Phillip Crocker (285):pinned by Trey Lancaster, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville, 1:25; pinned Alex Sachez-Mohs, Holdingford, 3:09; pinned by Dylan Smith, Ogilvie, :12 (4th).

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