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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.
Goodhue had already wrapped up a spot in the Hiawatha Valley League championship game, and a Blue Division title, but one conference game remained. The Wildcats finished off the regular season, and Byron, with a 52-41 victory on Thursday.
Triton was no match for Pine Island on Thursday as the Panthers rolled the Cobras, 72-49, to close out the Hiawatha Valley League season for both teams.
Needing overtime to move on, 10th-seeded Zumbrota-Mazeppa fought off Dover-Eyota for a 56-53 Section 1AA victory on Thursday. The Eagles forced the overtime period after out-scoring the Cougars 25-16 in the second half.