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Barthel, Card, Kern place in Class A mat tournament

Wadena-Deer Creek's Devin Barthel joined Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale's Dillon Card and Anthony Kern in earning medals Saturday at the Class A state individual wrestling tournament.

Barthel, who was making his first and only appearance in the state tournament at St. Paul's Xcel Center, went 2-0 in Friday's opening rounds. Barthel defeated Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg's Nicholas Meyer 9-4 in the first round at state. The victory gave Barthel a shot at Park Rapids' Justin Dravis in Round 2. Barthel defeated the freshman 8-6 with a takedown in overtime.

"We knew what Justin Dravis was going to do," WDC head coach Norm Gallant said. "He really has a good cradle. Devin has faced that a lot though."

Barthels got out of cradles in the first and second periods but a takedown by Dravis late in the third period sent the match into overtime.

Kolton Eischens of Pierz stopped Barthel's run by scoring a fall at the 2:33 mark. The loss dropped Barthel into the fifth-place match against Chatfield's A.J. Riley, who defeated Barthels 9-2. The WDC wrestler ended his season with a 26-11 record.

"He wrestled very well and took advantage of a good situation," Gallant said.

Card was undefeated at 220 going into the state meet. The BHV junior got off to a 2-0 start by decisioning New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva's Todd Erickson 4-2. He then edged Pine Island's Zach Kennedy 2-1 to earn a shot at eventual champ Lucas Damm of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City. The defending state champ handed Card his only loss of the season, 3-2.

"I thought he (Card) wrestled well," I thought it could have gone either way," BHV wrestling coach Steve Techam said of the Card-Damm match.

Card found himself up against Maple River's Tyler Olson in the third place match and beat the senior 4-3 to finish the season at 45-1.

Kern opened his second straight state tournament appearance with a 6-0 victory over Isaak Isane of Badger-Greenbush-Middle River. Kern then ran into Minneota-Lincoln's Brock Buysse and dropped a 4-1 decision to the eventual 106-pound runner-up. Kern was a 4-1 triple overtime winner in wrestlebacks against Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City's Rylan Molinaro. Kern kept going with a pin at the 2:37 mark against St. James' Mario Garcia.

Sibley East's Tanner Pasvogel dropped Kern into the fifth-place match with a 9-2 decision. Kern faced Kenyon-Wanamingo's Ethan Cota in his final match and lost 8-2 to end the season with a 43-6 record.

"There were probably 10 people in that weight class that could have won it," Techam said.

BHV's other four individual qualifiers failed to score victories.

BHV's Zack Waln lost to Kenyon Wanamingo's Ted Androli 11-4 in the 132-pound class and failed to get a wrestleback opportunity when Androli lost in the second round.

Ethan Kimber was pinned at the 1:36 mark of the 145-pound division to United South Central's Dylan Herman. Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 170-pound entry Nick Bennett lost a 10-3 decision to Blackduck's Davon Staples in Round 1 but got a wrestleback match against United North Central's Dylan Huttunen. Kimber lost the match 4-1.

BHV heavyweight Dalton Baker was ousted in the first round by Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial's Nick Meixell 4-1.

Waln finished the year 29-18, Kimber ended up with a 31-11 mark, Bennett was 27-9 and Baker finished 35-11.

Minnesota Class A Individual

Wrestling Tournament


106 -- Skylar Hieronimus, Adrian Area dec. Brock Buysse, Minneota-Lincoln HI 2-1. 113 -- Austin Anderly, LeSueur-Henderson dec. Jared Goldsmith, Chatfield 7-5. 120 -- Cameron Sykora, Border West tech fall Spencer Jenniges, Wabasso/Red Rock Central 15-0. 126 -- Louie Sanders, Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial Area dec. Patrick Ramirez, Triton 11-6. 132 -- Quinten Berres, Kimball Area dec. Mason Moreno, Hayfield 6-4. 138 -- Hank Friederichs, Chatfield dec. Bryce Bruner, Minneota-Lincoln HI 4-0. 145 -- Larry Bomstad, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City pinned Kolton Eischens, Pierz 2:28. 152 -- Logan Peterson, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City dec. Harvey Friederichs, Chatfield 4-2. 160 -- Mitch Lange, Royalton/Upsala dec. Andrew Dayland, St. Charles 10-8. 170 -- Keegan Moore, Jackson County Central pinned Ryan Stottler, Minnewaska Area 5:16. 182 -- Niko Anderson, Fillmore C/Lanesboro/M-C dec. Colten Carlson, United South Central 4-3. 195 -- Nathan Rose, Sibley East major dec. Vince Johnson, Windom/Mountain Lake 11-3. 220 -- Lucas Damm, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City dec. Austin Schielbein, Kimball Area 8-3. 285 -- Alex Schroepfer, Wabasso/Red Rock Central dec. Taylor Carlson, United North Central 9-5.

Third Place

106 -- Tanner Pasvogel, Sibley East dec. Caleb Kreitter, Crosby-Ironton 2-0. 113 -- Joey Majerus, Zumbrota-Mazeppa dec. Esteban Teigen, Spectrum 11-5. 120 -- Conrad Kondos, Breckenridge/C-Tintah major dec. Miguel Ambriz, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 9-0. 126 -- Blane Tschida, Kimball Area major dec. Christopher Ortman, Pierz 12-3. 132 -- Jared Willaby, Windom/Mountain Lake dec. Cody Weiland, Crookston 4XOT 2-1. 138 -- Austin Skillings, Frazee major dec. Dylan Boettcher, Saint Clair/Mankato Loyola 9-1. 145 -- Hunter Retzlaff, Sibley East dec. Dylan Herman, United South Central 5-3. 152 -- Paden Moore, Jackson County Central dec. Shane Siewert, Lake City 9-2. 160 -- Zachary Carlson, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg dec. Luke Norland, Jackson County Central 11-5. 170 -- Jesse Slater, Adrian Area dec. Austin Maanum, Border West 7-6. 182 -- Maverick Whitcomb, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City major dec. Tim Krueger, River Valley 14-0. 195 -- Wyatt Richardson, Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Os/Kings pinned Tyler Patron, New York Mills 1:52. 220 -- Dillon Card, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale dec. Jaden Erkkila, Nash-Kee/Greenway 4-3. 285 -- Garrett Malstrom, Frazee dec. Cole Grinsteinner, Crosby-Ironton 3-2.

Fifth Place

106 -- Ethan Cota, Kenyon-Wanamingo dec. Anthony Kern, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 8-2. 113 -- Michael Suda, Pipestone Area dec. Trenton Coyer, Osakis 10-3. 120 -- Brendon Coyer, Osakis pinned Ryan Killeen, Spectrum 2:21. 126 -- Jordan Biehn, Jackson County Central dec. Zach Scott, Holdingford 5-1. 132 -- Jason Meyer, Sibley East dec. Ted Androli, Kenyon-Wanamingo 7-2. 138 -- Tyler Keller, Medford dec. Nik Borchert, Mille Lacs 5-2. 145 -- AJ Riley, Chatfield dec. Devin Barthel, Wadena-Deer Creek 9-2. 152 -- Brady Bos, Pipestone Area dec. Devin Meagher, Paynesville Area 8-7. 160 -- Aaron Trio, Maple River dec. Cole Hennen, Minneota-Lincoln HI 5-0. 170 -- Daven Staples, Blackduck/Cass Lake Bena pinned Sam Swanson, Trinity School at River Ridge 5:50. 182 -- Kody VanDenEykel, Frazee pinned Nathan Brinker, Holdingford 2:42. 195 -- Hunter Fick, West Central Area/Ashby/Evansville dec. Jake Denn, Madelia/Truman/Martin Luther 6-4. 220 -- Eric Norgrant, Wabasha-Kellogg dec. Tyler Olson, Maple River OT 6-2. 285 -- Tanner Welsh, Dover-Eyota dec. Martin Granados, Blue Earth Area 1-0.

Raiders bow to Hornets, Pioneers in Class A team action

Section 6A champ Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale took a 15-dual meet win streak into Thursday's Class A team tournament ran into No. 2 Frazee in the first round. The Hornets won eight of the 14 matches en route to a 32-22 win.

The Raiders drew Pierz in the consolation round and lost a 39-27 decision to the Pioneers.

Double winners for the Raiders in team competition included Marshall Willis at 126, Nick Bennett at 170 and Dillon Card at 220.Solo winners included Anthony Kern at 106, Hayden Truax at 160, Andy Bounds at 195 and Dalton Baker at 285.

Minnesota Class A Team

Wrestling Tournament


Frazee 32, BHV 22

106 Anthony Kern (BHV) maj. dec. Blaine Beaty (Frazee) 10-0

113 Tanner Eischens (Frazee) pinned Jarret Kveton (BHV) 1:12

120 Byron Byer (Frazee) dec. Justin Gordon (BHV) 4-0

126 Marshall Willis (BHV) dec. Ethan Byer (Frazee) 8-2

132 Grant Jepson (Frazee) dec. Zack Waln (BHV) 11-6

138 Jordon Olson (Frazee) tech. fall Holton Truax (BHV) 16-0

145 Austin Skillings (Frazee) dec. Ethan Kimber (BHV) 7-5

152 Nathan Starry (Frazee) dec. Andrew Cihlar (BHV) 6-2

160 Hayden Truax (BHV) dec. Calvin Streeper (Frazee) 10-7

170 Nick Bennett (BHV) dec. Tanner Bachman (Frazee) 4-0

182 McKalen Hedlund (Frazee) pinned John French (BHV) 2:21

195 Andy Bounds (BHV) dec. Ryan Brandt (Frazee) 6-0

220 Dillon Card (BHV) pinned Garrett Malstrom (Frazee) :50

285 Brandon DeGroat (Frazee) dec. Dalton Baker (BHV) 5-3

Consolation Round

Pierz 39, BHV 27

106 Brandon Ortman (Pierz) dec. Anthony Kern (BHV) 5-4

113 Jarret Kveton (BHV) won by forfeit

120 Justin Gordon (BHV) dec. Brandon Sullivan (Pierz) 6-4

126 Marshall Willis (BHV) dec. Teague Eischens (Pierz) 4-2

132 Christopher Ortman (Pierz) pinned Zack Waln (BHV) 1:42

138 Andrew Tomala (Pierz) pinned Holton Truax (BHV) 5:33

145 Evan Woitalla (Pierz) tech. fall Ethan Kimber (BHV) 18-3

152 Brett Kapsner (Pierz) pinned Andrew Cihlar (BHV) 2:54

160 Matt Kummet (Pierz) dec. Hayden Truax (BHV) 18-12

170 Nick Bennett (BHV) dec. Tyler Millner (Pierz) 6-3

182 Jordon Goebel (Pierz) pinned John French (BHV) 4:45

195 Teddy Dehler (Pierz) maj. fall Andy Bounds (BHV) 9-1

220 Dillon Card (BHV) pinned Ryley Smude (Pierz) 2:23

285 Dalton Baker (BHV) pinned Curtis Brisk (Pierz) 2:46