Wadena-Deer Creek's Jared Wegscheid, Tony Reurink and Dylan Anderson will be making their Class A state wrestling tournament debuts Friday and Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale's Colin Turchin will appear from the third straight year.
The tournament is being held at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Team competition is set for Thursday. Individual wrestling action will be held Friday and Saturday.
Class A State Individual
(First Round Matches-9 a.m., Friday)
140 - Jared Wegscheid (Wadena-Deer Creek) 32-5 vs. Larry Bomstad (Atwater-Comos-Grove City) 38-1
Wegscheid was the first wrestler that WDC head coach Norm Gallant put on the mat when he took over as head coach of the Wolverines. At the time he was a 103-pound freshman. Six seasons later he will be wrestling his first state tournament match against Class A's No. 2-ranked wrestler. Bomstad placed fifth last year at state a 130-pound eighth-grader. Wegscheid has wrestled more varsity matches than any other WDC athlete. His 133-78 career record ranks him 10th on the team's victory list.
Coach Norm Gallant: "He's mentally tough and he has levels. As a senior he's so very difficult to score on. He has almost a college style."
215 - Tony Reurink (Wadena-Deer Creek) 34-8 vs. Andrew Plumski (Royalton/Upsala) 30-3
The WDC sophomore lives for wrestling and gives it a year-round devotion. Reurink's first trip to state pits him against the state's ninth-ranked wrestler in the first round. Plumski qualified for state last year at 215 but did not place. Reurink has the best season record on the WDC squad and leads the team in takedowns.
Coach Norm Gallant: "Tony is a gamer. When he's on the mat he has a pretty good idea of what he's going to do."
285 - Dylan Anderson (Wadena-Deer Creek) 25-11 vs. Josh Van Overbecke (Minneota) 38-2
Anderson is a big, athletic wrestler who has bloomed late in his career. Anderson did not win a match in his first year of wrestling as a seventh-grader but he stayed with the sport. The senior co-captain led his team in pins with 21. Anderson has drawn a wrestler in the first round that went 1-1 in state competition as a 215-pounder last year. Overbecke was ranked No. 3 in the state at 215 this year.
Coach Norm Gallant: "He's been a grinder. He's always, always worked hard. He can be very powerful. His strength is that he moves well."
285 - Colin Turchin (Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale) 18-1 vs. Payten Crosby (Martin County West) 15-3
Turchin is Class A's No. 2-ranked heavyweight going into the state tournament. It has not been a typical season for the junior standout who is making his third trip to state. He is coming off knee surgery to remove some cartilage but could have wrestled in the Section 6A team tournament. Turchin will be facing Class's No. 5-ranked heavyweight in the first round at state, Turchin's only loss this season, which he suffered in the Wadena-Deer Creek Invitational, is to Badger-Greenbush-Middle River's Alex Yeager, the No, 1-ranked wrestler in the state. Turchin likes to wrestle a fast match. Still a junior, he has already attracted the interest of two Division I programs - South Dakota State and the University of Minnesota.
Coach Mike Barthel: "Colin goes 100 miles per hour. He just wants to come out and get you. He has intentions of being in the state finals for sure."