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There was no surprise in the 100-yard butterfly at the Class A swimming and diving meet at the University of Minnesota on Friday as Red Wing's William Meacham took first place with a time of 50.29 seconds. Meacham had a seed time of 50.82 seconds, and had a nearly two-second gap between himself and second place. That margin narrowed a bit on Friday, but runner-up Thayer Breazeale of Breck/Blake is still 1.11 seconds behind at 51.40.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa faced a scrappy opponent in Pine Island on Thursday, but the Cougars ultimately prevailed, 63-49. The Cougars built their first-half lead with a combination of strong rebounding and a suffocating trap defense that led to contested shots or Panthers turnovers on nearly every possession. At the half, Z-M held onto a 32-21 lead.
Red Wing had little trouble winning their opening game of the Section 1AAA tournament, outscoring Winona, 73-46, on Wednesday. On a night that the Wingers shot 46 percent from the floor and 40 percent from the three-point line, points were not difficult to attain. In fact Red Wing started the game fast, securing a 34-14 lead by halftime. The Wingers had four players reach double-digit scoring and were also able to grab 41 rebounds to complete the full-team effort.
Overtime was needed to decide the winner when Zumbrota-Mazeppa matched up with Caledonia on Tuesday in the Section 1AA quarterfinals. The Cougars were up to the task however, earning the 66-59 victory. Z-M played a strong first half, ensuring a seven-point lead going into halftime. The Cougars would hold onto that lead for much of the second half as well, only relinquishing it with less than two minutes to play. Z-M held fast in overtime though, outscoring Caledonia 16-4 in the extra period.
By scoring 34 points in the second half, Goodhue was able to blow open its lead and defeat Randolph, 53-19, in the Section 1A quarterfinals on Monday. Goodhue had a difficult time getting shots to fall in the first half, taking a narrow 19-14 lead into the break. Superb defense throughout the game sparked the offensive outpouring in the second half however. "Team defense was outstanding," Goodhue head coach Josh Wieme said. "Torrie Rehder set the tone defensively by playing really well."
After two days of wrestling, five area teams qualified a total of 20 wrestlers to the individual state tournament. Zumbrota-Mazeppa led the way with eight wrestlers headed to the Xcel Energy Center on Friday for the opening rounds of the individual tournament. The Cougars compete in the team tournament on Thursday.
Five Red Wing swimmers are headed to state after a strong performance Friday at the Section 1A swimming and diving meet at the Rochester Aquatic Center. The Wingers finished the meet sixth overall, but started the day with a bang in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of Ian Johnson, Nick Bayley, William Meacham and Jayden Jech took first place with a time of 1 minute, 40.60 seconds, qualifying them for the state meet.
Class A Individual Wrestling Tournament Area qualifiers Class A Goodhue Wildcats 152-(4) Mason Huemann (36-5, Section 1A champion), second appearance First round: Cole Vanoverbeke, Minneota (35-10) 2017: Fourth at 170 160-(3) Kelby O'Reilly (29-7, Section 1A runner-up), second appearance
Class A Team Wrestling Tournament 1-Zumbrota-Mazeppa Cougars (24-6) Rank: 1 Section: 1A State appearances: 10, one championship (2017) Vs. the field: Defeated ACGC, 53-6; defeated K-W, 51-12
MINNEAPOLIS – Tied 2-2 at the end of regulation in the Class A consolation finals, St. Paul United's Jenna Hoops buried the game-winning goal 42 seconds into the overtime period to edge Red Wing 3-2 Saturday at Ridder Arena. Playing in the consolation finals for the first time since 2011, future Golden Gopher Taylor Heise scored what would be her final high-school goal, unassisted, 31 seconds into the game. Heise, who was the lone Winger named to the Class A all-tournament team, ends her high school career with 373 points (215 goals, 158 assists).