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Photos by Michael Vosburg/The Forum Colin Turchin of Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale, right, wrestles against Travis Longhenry of Canby during their semifinal Class A 285-pound match of individual competition during the Minnesota Wrestling Tournament on Saturday in St. Paul. Longhenry won the match by fall.

Turchin makes final four at state

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Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale's Colin Turchin finished in the top four and three Wadena-Deer Creek wrestlers racked up two matches apiece Friday and Saturday at the Class A Individual Wrestling Tournament.

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Turchin, who entered his third straight state tournament as the No. 2-ranked heavyweight in Class A, wrestled five times and finished up in the third-place match with Minneota's Josh Van Overbecke. The tall, rangy Overbecke pinned Turchin at the 3:59 mark.

Turchin had a great Friday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, pinning first round foe Payten Crosby of Martin County Central in 30 seconds and LeSueur-Henderson's Aaron Bruihler in just 15 seconds.

Turchin fell to the Class A heavyweight division's eventual runner-up, Canby's Travis Longhenry, in his first match Saturday. Turchin came close to recording another pin in the second period but Longhenry rallied in the final period for a pin at the 5:12 mark.

The BHV heavyweight worked his way into the third place match by pinning Teddy DuFrane of Sibley East at the 1:59 mark.

Turchin ended his junior season with a 21-3 record.

WDC's three entrants, seniors Jared Wegscheid and Dylan Anderson and sophomore Tony Reurink, were all making their first appearance at state.

Wegscheid drew state-ranked freshman Larry Bomstad of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City and was pinned at the 2:46 mark.

"Jared had been pinned only once since the ninth grade," WDC head coach Norm Gallant said.

Bomstad went on to place third in the 140-pound weight class and his victory in the second round gave Wegscheid a chance to take the mat against Adam Cooling of Madelia/Truman/Martin Luther, who posted a 12-6 decision.

Anderson opened the tournament with state-ranked Josh Van Overbecke who scored a technical fall at the 5:12 mark. After Overbecke advanced to the semifinals Anderson got a shot at Luke Hainka of Kenyon-Wanamingo but lost on a fall at the 2:38 mark.

Reurink won his first match of the tournament against Roylaton-Upsala's state-ranked Andrew Plumski by posting a 7-3 decision. Reurink then drew Zumbrota-Mazeppa's Cole Nelson. Reurink rallied from a two-point deficit with just 20 seconds left in regulation time. Nelson scored an escape in the overtime to eliminate the WDC wrestler.

"Tony was great," Gallant said. "He's one in a million. You don't get kids that are that dedicated very often."

Wegscheid ended the season at 32-7 and closed out his career with a record of 133-80. Anderson was 26-11 in his final season of wrestling with a team-high 21 pins. Reurink closed out the year with a team-high 36 wins against 10 losses.

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