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ST. PAUL – Thirteen of the area's 19 area wrestlers that reached state came away as medalists, with seven reaching the championship in their respective weights. Four wrestlers – Jeron Matson (Kenyon-Wanamingo, 113 pounds), Tyler Ryan (K-W, 152), Bailee O'Reilly (Goodhue, 160) and Caden Steffen (Zumbrota-Mazeppa, 182) – came away as state champions.
All four of Red Wing's state-qualified swimmers will get a crack at the championship finals Saturday after the Class 1A preliminaries took place Friday afternoon at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
Sam and Ben Opsahl each scored 12 points to lead Goodhue to a 68-39 Sub-section 1A West quarterfinal victory over Glenville-Emmons on Thursday. Ben added six rebounds in the winning effort, while fellow Wildcat Mitchell Hemmenway pulled down eight boards to go with his seven points. Top-seeded Goodhue (25-3) will square off against fourth-seeded Randolph (17-9) at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. The Wildcats beat the Rockets, 56-42, on Feb. 10.
Randolph started slow, but the defense never rested in a 52-19 Sub-section 1A West quarterfinal victory over Grand Meadow. Andrew Wenstrom had 22 points for the Rockets, with Carsyn Gunderson adding 20 points. The Superlarks scored just eight points in the second half after heading into halftime down 17-11. Fourth-seeded Randolph (17-9) will try to even the season series against top-seeded Goodhue (25-3) at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. The Wildcats beat the Rockets, 56-42, on Feb. 10.
Lake City won its 20th game of the season on Thursday with a 78-36 victory over Winona Cotter in the first round of the Section 1AA tournament. It's the third-straight season the Tigers have won at least 20 games. Reid Gastner and Marc Kjos both scored a game-high 17 points for third-seeded Lake City, which held the 14th-seeded Ramblers to one double-digit scorer in Josh Salwey who had 10. Mitch Marien and Zach Bremer each had 12 points for the Tigers, with Bremer pulling down a team-high 10 rebounds. Kjos had seven assists and four steals in the win.
Pine Island dominated Cannon Falls on Thursday, winning a first-round, Section 1AA playoff game, 80-54. Broc Finstuen had 28 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and three steals in the victory, while teammate Mark Mboya Kotieno added 16 points and seven boards. Camden Heepke came up with 15 points for the Panthers. Cobie Vagts and Ryan Dirckx each had 14 points for the Bombers.
Alex Guse's 20 points, six rebounds and four assists led Zumbrota-Mazeppa to a 76-57 victory over Chatfield on Thursday in the first round of the Section 1AA tournament. Isaiah Niebuhr added 10 points and five steals, while Robvon Jackson finished with 14 points, four rebounds and three steals in the win. Isaiah Nolte also hit double digits for the Cougars with 12.
Second-seeded St. Charles ended Kenyon-Wanamingo's season on Thursday with a 77-38 victory in the Section 1AA first round. The 15th-seeded Knights were led by Gavin Roosen's 11 points. Calvin Steberg just missed a double-double with eight points and 10 rebounds. K-W ends the season 1-26.
Playing at Sonju Gymnasium for the final time in the regular season, Red Wing could not keep up with Northfield in a 72-54 Big Nine Conference loss Tuesday. The Wingers had three players in double digits with Seth Yeatman and Kipp Adams scoring 15 points apiece. Jawon Terry came up with 14 points, going 4 of 8 from 3-point range. Shots falling was problematic on Tuesday as Red Wing shot 31 percent from the field (15 of 47), compared to 46 percent (23 of 49) for the visiting Raiders.
Sawyer Gorman, Jaci Newman and Brynn Olson competed as individuals in the Class 1A state gymnastics meet on Saturday in Minneapolis, with Gorman placing 11th in the all-around competition. Gorman also took 11th in the vault, with a score of 9.4625. Newman was 21st in the vault with a 9.3625. Gorman's fourth-place finish of 9.6125in the floor exercise was the highlight of the day for the Panthers. Olson was 29th on the floor with a 9.00.