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Wrestling: Fitterer nabs All-American honors

Cannon Falls wrestler Paul Fitterer put together an All-American performance for the Minnesota National Greco-Roman team at the USAW National Wrestling Championships last week in Fargo, N.D.

Fitterer, from Randolph, earned All-American honors for the second straight year after placing fifth in the 100-pound cadet Greco-Roman division. Going 7-2 over the weeklong tournament, Fitterer secured his spot on the podium after defeating Illinois’ Nolan Baker in the fifth-place match.

Fitterer also competed in the 106-pound cadet freestyle division, finishing 2-2. After dropping his first match, Fitterer, who placed third at 106 pounds in the Class 2A state tournament in March, received a bye and then went on to secure a victory over Oregon’s Austin Doescher.

Bombers teammate Clay Broze also competed, going 2-2 in the 220-pound junior freestyle division in his first appearance in the national championships. Broze, who won the 220-pound Class 2A state championship this spring, had victories over Ohio’s Michael Crockett and Iowa’s Lance Evans.

In the 195-pound junior freestyle division, Lake City’s Will Balow went 1-2. The Class 1A state champion at 195 pounds back in March, Balow’s lone win came in his second match in a decision over Alen Turcinhodzic of Pennsylvania.

Lake City teammate Shane Siewert grappled in the 160-pound cadet freestyle division, going 2-2. Siewert, who qualified for state this past winter, had wins over New Jersey’s Dean Drugac and Idaho’s John Hensley.