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Red Wing's season came to a close on Wednesday with a 94-71 loss to Simley in the Section 1AAA quarterfinals. The Wingers closed the season on an eight-game losing streak, and won one of their final 17 contests.
Lake City needed a late run on Wednesday to topple Stewartville, 53-45, in the Section 1AA quarterfinals at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester. Second-seeded Lake City scored the final eight points of the game to win its 15th-straight game. Nathan Heise had a game-high 16 points for Lake City while Marc Kjos added 14. Jake Wohlers had nine points for Lake City, including a tie-breaking 3-pointer that started the 8-0 surge that proved the difference.
Red Wing fell in its regular season finale, 57-36, to Winona on Senior Night. The Wingers struggled to get shots to fall, finding themselves with a 30-16 deficit at the half. Red Wing fared better in the second half, but Winona remained one-step ahead to keep its lead intact. Carson Nystuen had a team-high 10 points for the Wingers, followed by Ted Tauer with nine and Marcus Walm with seven.
ST. PAUL — The state wrestling gantlet began for individuals looking for an state championship. Of the 18 area wrestlers in the hunt, five — Zumbrota-Mazeppa's Caden Steffen and Jacob Bennett, Goodhue's Mason Huemann and Kelby O'Reilly and Kenyon-Wanamingo's Logan Quam — remain in the championship bracket after Day 1 of the Minnesota state wrestling individual tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Two will face off in the Class A 182-pound semifinals when defending state champion Steffen (42-3) takes on Quam (31-6).
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.