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Wrestling: Fitterer nabs All-American honors

Cannon Falls wrestler Paul Fitterer put together an All-American performance for the Minnesota National Greco-Roman team at the USAW National Wrestling Championships last week in Fargo, N.D.

Fitterer, from Randolph, earned All-American honors for the second straight year after placing fifth in the 100-pound cadet Greco-Roman division. Going 7-2 over the weeklong tournament, Fitterer secured his spot on the podium after defeating Illinois’ Nolan Baker in the fifth-place match.

Fitterer also competed in the 106-pound cadet freestyle division, finishing 2-2. After dropping his first match, Fitterer, who placed third at 106 pounds in the Class 2A state tournament in March, received a bye and then went on to secure a victory over Oregon’s Austin Doescher.

Bombers teammate Clay Broze also competed, going 2-2 in the 220-pound junior freestyle division in his first appearance in the national championships. Broze, who won the 220-pound Class 2A state championship this spring, had victories over Ohio’s Michael Crockett and Iowa’s Lance Evans.

In the 195-pound junior freestyle division, Lake City’s Will Balow went 1-2. The Class 1A state champion at 195 pounds back in March, Balow’s lone win came in his second match in a decision over Alen Turcinhodzic of Pennsylvania.

Lake City teammate Shane Siewert grappled in the 160-pound cadet freestyle division, going 2-2. Siewert, who qualified for state this past winter, had wins over New Jersey’s Dean Drugac and Idaho’s John Hensley.

Joe Brown

Joe Brown is the sports editor for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, he worked at the Marshall Independent and the St. Cloud Times. For updates on local sports, follow Joe on Twitter at @RE_JBrown.

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