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ST. PAUL – After a controversial no-call in his semifinal match, Joey Majerus tried to find the will to move one with the wrestleback portion of the individual state tournament. It wasn’t an easy process for the Zumbrota-Mazeppa junior, who escaped further damage in the consolation semifinals with a 7-5, triple-overtime victory over Osakis’ Trenton Coyer. And even after clinching third place for the third time in his career (2011, 2012, 2014), Majerus left the mat with nary a smile.
ST. PAUL – Cannon Falls head wrestling coach Dudley Flodeen is tough to surprise. After his team clinched six berths at the Class 2A state wrestling tournament last weekend – one more than team section champion Kasson-Mantorville – Flodeen said he was not shocked that the Bombers qualified more state wrestlers than the KoMets. After Cannon Falls opened the individual state tournament with five victories, Flodeen was still calm.
GOODHUE – Thursday’s Sub-section 1A West quarterfinal between top-ranked and top-seeded Goodhue and Bethlehem Academy was a rout on paper. In reality, well, it was much like the dead trees said it would be. The Wildcats, behind 21 points from Mikayla Miller, easily disposed of the Cardinals, 85-37. By the time the final buzzer sounded, 11 different players had scored for Goodhue. And the loudest cheers were not for Miller’s seven-straight points near the end of the first half.
ROCHESTER – For a time, neither team could find a rhythm. Caledonia could not hit on several wide-open looks, while Lake City could not even get a shot off. The difference in the struggles was simple to quantify, and even easier to identify: the Tigers were turning the ball over on nearly every trip down the floor, the Warriors, while misfiring from 3-point distance, were completely controlling the offensive boards. After the first four minutes went by, both teams settled in.
Experience paid off for Zumbrota-Mazeppa Saturday as the Cougars wound up with three individual state qualifiers from the Section 1A tournament. Junior Joey Majerus (113 pounds) will head to the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul for the fourth-consecutive season, while senior Cody Heitman (145) is back for the second time in three years after missing out in 2013.
With six state entrants, Cannon Falls was the class of the Section 1AA individual tournament last weekend. Three Bombers won section titles, and three others placed second, leaving Cannon Falls with a half-dozen athletes heading to St. Paul on Friday. Kasson-Mantorville, the team champion in the section, will send five wrestlers to the individual portion of the state tournament.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Irina Anderson’s state gymnastics meet started out with a vault she knows well, a handspring full. Anderson scored a 9.05 on her first attempt, placing her 21st after the first round. But on the second attempt, Anderson went for something different, something new: a handspring one-and-a-half. Everything went well until the Red Wing junior hit the landing pad, where she would fall.
At 11 a.m. today, Irina Anderson will step onto the floor of the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion.
ST. PAUL – The Class A girls state hockey tournament began Wednesday with a thrilling game between second-seeded Blake and unseeded Alexandria. The Cardinals pushed the defending champs to a one-goal game, all while giving Red Wing a gentle reminder to bring its “A” game against New Ulm. The Wingers indeed took the ice in top form, scoring five times in the first period, and cruising to a 7-2 victory in the quarterfinals, and setting up a rematch with Blake in the seminfinals at 11 a.m. Friday. “We did talk about (the previous game),” said Red Wing head coach Scott Haley.