The Caledonia Argus
With two tickets to state available in each weight class, competition at the Section 1A wrestling meet for individuals was fierce. Two grapplers from Caledonia/Houston made the cut at the February 25 event, while two others got oh-so-close to a state tourney berth.
Sophomore Kyle Cavanaugh not only won first place at 132, he got his 100th career win in the semi-finals match.
“For a sophomore to achieve that is outstanding,” C/H head coach Dan Goergen said. “He was so humble in winning it, he never realized that he did it… But everybody stood up and congratulated him, screaming and hollering. His parents were there and everyone was holding a big sign that said ‘Congratulations.’ It was quite an honor for him.”
At 182, Warrior Austin Werner (a senior) also punched his ticket to state by taking second place. Werner’s run included three pins, and upped his record to a stellar 26-8.
Senior Trevor Vick (113) nearly earned a trip to state as well, earning a “True” second-place match and falling just short (12-8) in that contest. “Trever really stepped up to the plate,” Goergen said. “He probably wrestled one of the best matches of his whole career.”
Junior Zach Schneider also placed third at 138, just shy of a state tourney invitation. “He wrestled well,” Goergen stated. “He wanted to go to 138 and give everybody else an opportunity at the other weights to do well, too.” Schneider has been an outstanding competitor at both 145 and 138 all season.
106: Jacob Cripps (6-30) was defeated by Maddox O’Reilly of Goodhue, received a bye, then lost to Joey Kozlowski of Lake City.
113: Trever Vick (19-5) took third place. He received a bye, bested Treyten Chiglo of Fillmore Central-Lanesboro-M-C, lost to John Altendorf of Goodhue, defeated Teigan Miller of Dover-Eyota, then won the third-place match against Tanner Frank of Lake City. Vick was defeated in the second-place match versus Chris Romero of Grand Meadow/Leroy-Ostrander/Southland.
120: C/H forfeited at this weight.
126: Aaron Francis (20-16) pinned Harold Schumacher of Lake City, lost to Mike Vath of Zumbrota-Mazeppa, received a bye, beat Chase Ketterhagen of Chatfield, lost to Cole Rasmussen of Triton, and then beat Vath in the fifth-place match.
132: Kyle Cavanaugh (33-3) took first place. He pinned Jersey Thoresen of St Charles, got another fall over Campbell Berge of Chatfield, beat Denilzo Baltazar of Lake City, then defeated Nolan Rommel of Wabasha-Kellogg.
138: Zach Schneider (26-12) placed third. He received a bye in the first round, pinned Matthew Wooding of Lake City in the quarterfinals, and then lost a decision to Brenn Olson of GMLOS in the semis. In the consolation bracket, Schneider defeated Nate Goldsmith of Chatfield, then beat Luke Tupper of Zumbrota-Mazeppa before Olson won second by (head to head) rule.
145: Payton Schott (10-26) was defeated by Maverick Jackson of Zumbrota-Mazeppa in the first round, received a bye in the consolation bracket, then lost to Carl Kozlowski of Lake City in the next match.
152: David Seymour (21-11) received a bye in the first round, then beat Trevor Turner of Pine Island in the quarterfinals. In the semis, Kelby O’Reilly of Goodhue defeated Seymour, who again came up short against Dalton Miller of W-K in the next contest. Marcus Otomo of Dover-Eyota then scored an overtime (sudden victory) win over the Warrior wrestler in the fifth-place match.
160: Ryan Wagner (3-4) received a bye in the first round, followed by a loss to Bennett Sikkink of St. Charles in the quarterfinals. Wagner’s next match went to Tyler Soltau of Zumbrota-Mazeppa.
170: Spencer Stemper (15-17) placed fifth, receiving a bye in round one, then lost to Mason Huemann of Goodhue by fall. In the consolation bracket, Stemper defeated Cade Predmore of Pine Island. Following another bye, he then lost to Logan Wendt of St. Charles before pinning Cody Irish of W-K in the fifth-place contest.
182: Austin Werner (26-8) placed second. He pinned Cody Merkel of GMLOS in round one, did likewise to Tanner Simon of Pine Island in the next match, then scored a major decision against Kodee O’Reilly of Goodhue in the semifinals. But Caden Steffen of Z-M got the pin in the finals. But Werner earned his spot in the second-place column, winning by rule over O’Reilly.
195: Zach Brueggen (1-24) received a bye in round one, then lost to Christopher Bain of GMLOS. In the consolation bracket, he received another bye before Reece Lemke of D-E won by fall, then got a bye for seventh place.
220: Tanner Krage (3-17) got a bye in round one, then lost to Reid Seelhammer of D-E. Another bye followed, before Isaiah Froese of Chatfield scored a fall over the Warrior. Another bye gave the C/H sophomore seventh place.
285: Brent Robley (20-13) pinned Gabe Vargas of Lake City in round one, and repeated the act against Ben Tentis of W-K in the quarterfinals. Pine Island’s Alex Aarsvold then scored a decision against Robley, as did Clayton Luthe of GMLOS. But the C/H junior beat Tentis again in the fifth-place match.
The Class A State Tournament for individuals will take place on March 3 – 4 at the Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul.