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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.
Lake City didn't hit much from inside the 3-point line, except for free throws, but that was more than enough for a 50-35 victory over Goodhue in the Hiawatha Valley League championship game on Saturday. Nathan Heise hit 6 of 7 3-pointers for the Tigers, who hit 11 of 18 from behind the arc for the game. The Wildcats hit just 2 of 14 from the 3-point line, and 14 of 24 from inside. But Lake City's advantage from the charity stripe, 11-for-14 to 1-for-4, was also a key factor.
Below is the first-round matchups for the 19 area wrestlers that qualified for state, as well as the top four seeds in each weight class. The Minnesota State High School League seeds the top eight wrestlers in each bracket. Class 1A 106 Seed. Name, School (Rank, Record) 1. Ashton Clark, Park Rapids (1, 36-2) 2. Blake Legred, USC (2, 34-3) 3. Brett Willaby, Windom-ML (6, 35-5) 4. Jackson Hale, GMLOS (32-3) No area wrestlers qualified
Thursday's snowstorm made both the Section 1 and Section 2 tournament's one-day events. And after a full day of wrestling on Saturday, 19 area wrestlers emerged as either section champions, or runners-up. Along with the reward of being at or near the top in a section, those wrestlers also qualified for the individual state tournament.
Held to just 12 first-half points, Red Wing could not end the regular season with a W after a 48-34 Big Nine Conference loss at Rochester Mayo Thursday. With the win, the Spartans – winners of 12 straight – split the conference championship with Winona.
Megan Ryan hit three 3-pointers early in Thursday's Section 1A-West quarterfinal and the rout was on as top-seeded Goodhue moved on with a 74-34 win against eight-seeded LeRoy-Ostrander.
Fourth-seeded Kenyon-Wanamingo avenged its shocking playoff loss to Cannon Falls last year as the Knights moved on in the Section 1AA playoffs with a 64-55 victory against the 13th-seeded Bombers in Kenyon.
Fifth-seeded Pine Island remains in the hunt in Section 1AA fresh off a 52-33 home victory over 12th-seeded Chatfield on Thursday.
Despite a big difference in shooting percentage, Red Wing had a chance to beat Rochester Mayo on Thursday. But the Spartans held on for a 63-57 Big Nine Conference victory over the Wingers. Mayo shot 50 percent from the field, while Red Wing hit just 35 percent of its shots. Seth Yeatman led the Wingers with 20 points and five rebounds, with Kipp Adams adding 13 points, four boards and two steals. Jawon Terry had four steals and 10 points in the loss.
Lake City led by 18 early, and then sailed to a 69-45 victory over Hayfield on Thursday, clinching the Hiawatha Valley League Gold Division and a spot in the conference championship game on Monday. Reid Gastner led the Tigers with 17 points, with Marc Kjos and Nathan Heise each adding 15.