Area duo reach state semis

ST. PAUL – Fairmont/ Martin County West’s Kory Brown and Blue Earth Area’s Martin Granados will be moving onto the Class AA and Class A individual state meet semifinals after the first day at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

The consolation matches will begin at 9:30 a.m. today with the semifinals to follow at approximately 10:45 a.m. The placement matches will be at 4:30 p.m., while the championship matches are slated to start at 7 p.m.

Brown advanced to the semis after pinning Arturo Stefanoni of Sauk Centre-Melrose Area in 1:05. Brown got Stefanoni in a headlock after the opening tie-up and pinned him from there for the victory.

The Red Bull senior then pulled away from Triston Westerlund of Albert Lea Area in an 8-7 decision in the quarterfinals. Brown will take on No. 1-ranked 195-pounder Lance Benick of Totino-Grace in the Class AA 195-pound semifinals today.

Granados, the No. 3-ranked 285-pounder, also advanced to the semis with a pair of victories in the 285-pound bracket of Class A.

Granados opened the tournament with a pin of Pierz’ Curtis Brisk in 3:21, before outlasting Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial’s No. 6-ranked Nick Meixell in a 7-1 decision.

The Buc junior will take on No. 1-ranked Alex Schroepfer from Wabasso/ Red Rock Center in the semis today.

The Red Bulls’ No. 8-ranked 152-pounder Joe Weber also won in the first round, but did not reach the championship semifinals.

The Fairmont senior beat Mora’s Reed Brown-Gmahl in a 6-4 overtime decision after giving up three near-fall points at the end of regulation in the 152-pound bracket.

Weber then was pinned by Hutchinson’s Chris Schmidt in 1:15 in the quarterfinals to fall to the consolation bracket. It was there where Weber beat South St. Paul’s Marcos Perez in a 5-2 decision.

Weber will wrestle Albany’s Carter Holthaus this morning in the consolation quarterfinals. With a win, Weber will be guaranteed no worse than sixth place.

Red Bull sophomore Luis Figueroa lost a 13-1 major decision to Waseca’s Dylan Winegar in Friday’s preliminaries. Figueroa previously edged Winegar for the 220-pound title at the South Central Conference Meet in St. James, but this time the Bluejay took the victory.

With Winegar’s loss in the second round, Figueroa was denied a spot in the wrestleback bracket.

Madelia/Truman/Martin Luther’s No. 6-ranked 195-pounder Jake Denn was the other area wrestler to advance by beating the undefeated Monty Holm of Fillmore Central/Lanesboro/Mabel-Canton by an 11-4 decision in the first round in the 195-pound bracket.

Denn was working toward a major decision with a 10-2 lead late in the third period before giving up a two-point reversal and later escaping for the final score of 11-4.

In the quarterfinals, Denn lost to No. 4-ranked 195-pounder Vince Johnson of Windom Area/Mountain Lake in a 7-3 decision to fall into the consolation bracket.

In the Class A wrestlebacks, Denn beat Tristan Palmer of United North Central in a 14-4 major decision to stay alive.

Denn will face Blackduck/Cass Lake Bena’s Tanner Templin in the consolation quarterfinals today.

Blue Earth Area wrestlers Adam Legred (106 pounds), Zach Buseman (113) and David Franta (170) all fell in their preliminary matches. Legred and Buseman earned spots in the wrestlebacks, while No. 8-ranked 170-pounder Franta, was eliminated after his first-round opponent was beaten.

No. 2-ranked 106-pounder Skylar Hieronimus from Adrian Area pinned Legred 45 seconds into the second period of their first-round match to send the Buc sophomore to the consolation bracket.

Unfortunately for the first-time state entrant, Fertile-Beltrami’s Willie Beltrami pinned Legred 18 seconds into the second period to end his state tournament run.

No. 1-ranked Austin Anderly from LeSueur-Henderson pinned Buseman 44 seconds into their opening-round match in the 113-pound bracket.

Buseman’s season then ended when Pipestone Area’s Michael Suda earned the 7-0 shutout victory.

Trinity at River Ridge’s Sam Swanson fended off Franta in a 6-3 decision in their opening round match. Franta was eliminated after Swanson lost his quarterfinal match in a 9-1 decision to No. 6-ranked 170-pounder Ryan Stottler from Wabasso/Red Rock Central.