ST. PAUL — The state wrestling gantlet began for individuals looking for an state championship.
Of the 18 area wrestlers in the hunt, five — Zumbrota-Mazeppa's Caden Steffen and Jacob Bennett, Goodhue's Mason Huemann and Kelby O'Reilly and Kenyon-Wanamingo's Logan Quam — remain in the championship bracket after Day 1 of the Minnesota state wrestling individual tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Two will face off in the Class A 182-pound semifinals when defending state champion Steffen (42-3) takes on Quam (31-6).
Bennett (48-3) will try to go to his second straight final when he takes on New York Mills' Jake Erckenbrack (38-2) in the Class A 195 semis.
For the Wildcats, Huemann (40-5) will face Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa's Adam Jaeger (34-0) in the Class A 152 semis, and O'Reilly (33-7) goes face-to-face with Westfield's Colton Krell (39-3) in Class A 160.
Day 2 of the state tournament will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Mason Huemann (152 pounds)
First round: Huemann dec. Cole VanOverbeke (Minneota), 3-0; Quarterfinals: Huemann dec. Toby Hintzman (United North Central), 6-2.
Kelby O'Reilly (160 pounds)
First round: O'Reilly maj. Nash Mayer (TMB/WWG), 9-0; Quarterfinals: O'Reilly dec. Ian Frenzel (BCLB), 5-2.
Kaleb O'Reilly (170 pounds)
First round: O'Reilly dec. Tyson Meyer (Minnewaska), 3-2; Quarterfinals: Levi Larkin (West Central Area) dec. O'Reilly, 3-2 (ultimate tiebreaker); Wrestlebacks: O'Reilly maj. Teigen Hextell (Fosston-Bagley), 9-0.
Ryan Schoenfelder (220 pounds)
First round: Jason Kasella (Royalton/Upsala) pinned Schoenfelder, 1:36; Wrestlebacks: Schoenfelder pinned Mason Nibbe (West Central Area), 0:58.
Bray Olson (120 pounds)
First round: Dayne Morton (Sibley East) tech. fall Olson, 17-2; Wrestlebacks: Marc Hendricks (Ottertail Central) dec. Olson, 15-10.
Alec Johnson (126 pounds)
First round: Tanner Schermerhorn (Frazee) tech. fall Johnson, 17-2; Wrestlebacks: Mason Gode (LPGE/Browerville) maj. Johnson, 13-3.
Logan Quam (182 pounds)
First round: Quam maj. Cedric Farnsworth (Aitkin), 9-0; Quarterfinals: Quam dec. Carson Haugrud, 4-2 (OT).
Michael Majerus (106 pounds)
First round: Majerus pinned Eric Carrasco (Minneota), 3:03; Quarterfinals: Charley Elwood (Medford) dec. Majerus, 7-4; Wrestlebacks: Majerus dec. Tony Olson (BGMR), 2-0.
Beau Jurrens (113 pounds)
First round: Ben Naddy (Ottertail Central) dec. Jurrens, 7-2; Wrestlebacks: Jake Mortensen (ACGC) dec. Jurrens, 4-2.
Mike Vath (126 pounds)
First round: Mason Gode (LPGE/Browerville) dec. Vath, 7-3.
Luke Tupper (145 pounds)
First round: Brady Tweeton (Barnesville) dec. Tupper, 7-4; Wrestlebacks: Jack Ridgway (Trinity) dec. Tupper, 7-4.
Hayden Voxland (170 pounds)
First round: Jaden Kindopp (Canby) maj. Voxland, 13-1; Wrestlebacks: Voxland pinned Dalton Mielke (Rush City/Braham), 2:37.
Caden Steffen (182 pounds)
First round: Steffen pinned Marshall Meehl (Royalton/Upsala), 1:15; Quarterfinals: Steffen tech. fall CJ Toedter (ACGC), 25-10.
Jacob Bennett (195 pounds)
First round: Bennett dec. Ryan Torkelson (KMS), 7-1; Quarterfinals: Bennett dec. Morgen Moreno (Westfield), 2-1 (tiebreaker)
Jarret Haglund (220 pounds)
First round: Kyle Schmidt (WHAN) dec. Haglund, 3-1; Wrestlebacks: Haglund dec. Tanner Berghuis (ACGC), 3-2.
Cooper Peterson (113 pounds)
First round: Zack Wells (Princeton) dec. Peterson, 6-4.
Hayden Strain (170 pounds)
First round: Strain tech fall Tristan Lange (Fairmont/MCW), 16-1; Quarterfinals: Isaiah Thompson (Detroit Lakes) dec. Strain, 5-2; Wrestlebacks: Strain tech. fall Cole Verichak (Hibbing), 15-0.
Tanner Frank (126 pounds)
First round: Cameron Kowitz (Foley) dec. Frank, 9-3.