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Photos by Michael Vosburg/The Forum Mitch Steffens, top, of Wadena-Deer Creek pinned Devin Dostal of Badger/Greenbush-Middle River during their first-round Class A 113-pound match of the Minnesota wrestling tournament Friday in St. Paul.

Steffens places sixth, Turchin finishes third in state meet

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Mitch Steffens became the first Wadena-Deer Creek wrestler to place at state in four years and Colin Turchin capped his final season with a third place finish Saturday in the Class A Individual Wrestling Tournament at St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center.

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Steffens, making his first appearance at state since his sophomore year, cemented a good finish for himself in the 16-man Class A 113-pound bracket with a pair of impressive victories Friday. The state's third-ranked wrestler pinned Badger-Greenbush-Middle River eighth-grader Devin Dostal in just 30 seconds and then decisioned Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City standout Tyler Berghuis 8-2. Berghuis entered the state meet with 13 more victories than the WDC senior.

Saturday was a different story for Steffens, who started off losing a tough 2-0 overtime decision to James Goman of Trinity School. The victory vaulted Goman into the 113 finals where he lost a 4-1 decision to Steffens' close friend and wrestling rival Shane Novak of New York Mills.

Steffens dropped into the consolation bracket and lost on a swift 15-second fall to Kimball's Quinten Barres, who proceeded to place third in the 113 bracket. Steffens dropped into the fifth place match against Lake Crystal-Wellcome's Louie Sanders. A concussion forced Steffens into an injury default.

Turchin annihilated first round 285-pound foe Eric Shaw of Minneapolis Patrick Henry with a pin in just nine seconds. The four-time state tournament qualifier then pinned Jackson County Central's Alex Tewes in only 46 seconds.

Turchin ran into defending 285-pound state champion Alex Yeager of Badger-Greenbush-Middle River in the championship semifinals and was pinned at the 3:26 mark. Yeager did not realize his goal of a second state championship, losing to Paynesville's Dominick Platrow at the 5:30 mark of the third period. Turchin went into the consolation bracket where he pinned Aaron Bruihler of LeSueur-Henderson at 1:16 of the opening period. Turchin faced Pedro Guevara of Lake City in the third place match and posted a 1-minute pin, his fourth victory by fall in the state tournament.

"He wrestled great and he will be missed next year," BHV Head Coach Mike Barthel said.

Wadena-Deer Creek's Tony Reurink jumped out to a good start in his second straight state tournament. The 220-pound Reurink pinned Sibley East's Miah Dufrane at the 3:24 mark Friday to earn a shot a Minneota star Josh VanOverbeke, who entered the state tournament with a 41-1 record. VanOverbeke defeated Reurink on a fall at the 1:52 mark and went on to capture the Class A state championship with a 6-0 vicotry over Cody Welch of Wabasso/Red Rock Central.

The loss sent Reurink into a consolation match with Ryley Smude of Pierz and Reurink came out on top with a fall at the 1:59 mark. With a shot at the third place match on the line, Reurink went into overtime against Frazee's Rick Brandt before losing a 10-8 decision. Brandt went on to claim third with a 3-1 victory over LeSueur-Henderson's Austin Pagel.

Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale's Dillon Card was making his first appearance in the Class A state wrestling tournament at 182. Card went into the state meet with a lot of confidence according to Barthel. Card had blanked first round state foe Nick Lochner of Pierz 5-0 in a regular season match. Card handled Lochner 5-3 to give himself a shot at LeSueur-Henderson senior Brett Pfarr. Card lost a 12-5 decision to the eventual state champ.

The loss to Pfarr dropped Card into the consolation bracket where he edged Pipestone's Matt Haraldson 4-3. The victory set up a match with New Richland's Seth Petranek and Card came up short in a 3-1 decision.

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