Austin wrestlers eliminated, other area wrestlers in wrestlebacks
Published 11:34 pm Friday, March 2, 2012
ST. PAUL — A pair of Austin wrestlers were eliminated from the Class ‘AA’ state wrestling meet when they lost their first matches in the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul Friday.
Austin’s Devon Felten lost his first match at state when he was pinned with 31 seconds left in the third period against Scott West’s Zach Siegle at 113 pounds.
Felten finishes with a 22-8 record.
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Austin’s Brennan Russell was pinned in the first period by Cody Weiland of Crookston at 126 pounds.
Russell finishes at 28-9.
Grand Meadow-LeRoy-Ostrander-Kingsland’s Lucas Roe is chasing third place after he beat Garth Oschendorf of Dawson-Boyd-Lac Wi Parle with a late reverse with 12 seconds left to win 7-4 in the wrestlebacks.
“I thought in my head go big or go home if you don’t get this you’re done,” Roe said. “I feel pretty good and I’m just excited to get some food in me after my last weigh in of the year.”
Roe lost 4-1 to Pat Hopkins of Grand Rapids in the quarterfinals and beat Lucas Schloen of Delano 7-0 in the first round.
GMLOK’s Noah Schlee is still alive for third place after he pinned Pierce Rothenbacker of
Totino-Grace in the first period in the wrestlebacks round at 126.
Schlee, who is 35-4, lost a 6-4 overtime decision to Ben Henle of New London-Spicer in the quarterfinals.
“It was definitely disappointing. I just want to come back and just try to get third,” Schlee said. “My coach said I quit moving my feet (in the overtime loss). I got taken down a couple times at the end.”
Schlee pinned Reid Johnson of North Branch in the opening round.
In Class ‘A,’ Blooming Prairie’s Jarrod Grunklee, who is now 31-11 at 285, stayed in the hunt for third place when he beat Aaron Bruihler with a 7-5 overtime decision in the wrestlebacks round.
“I had to keep moving, and I couldn’t just stand there and wait,” Grunklee said of his overtime takedown. “He was getting a little tired and I thought I’ve got nothing to lose here so I went for it.”
Grunklee beat Cooper Blau of Albany 10-0 in the opening round and fell to Dominick Platow of Paynesville 12-0 in the quarterfinals.