ST. PAUL — After a whirlwind of wrestling matches Friday at the Xcel Energy Center, Fergus Falls’ Dustin Portales and West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville’s Wyatt Olson advanced to the semifinals at the Minnesota State High School League’s Individual State Wrestling Tournament Friday.
Portales had a tough draw in the opening match in the Class AA tournament taking on Bennett Weber of Waconia. In a very intense showdown, Portales came out victorious with a 4-3 decision and followed with a 12-3 major decision over Orono’s Shea Albrecht in the quarterfinals..
Portales will now take on Logan Wingert of Plainview-Elgin-Millville in the semifinals.
In Class A, the West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville wrestling team will see one of their three wrestlers compete in Saturday’s matches as 195-pounder Wyatt Olson advanced to the semifinals.
Olson pinned Matthew Kasella of Royalton/Upsala and followed with another pinfall victory over Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson ‘s Noah Herber in the quarterfinals. Olson will take on Tyler VanLuik of Minnewaska Area in Saturday’s semifinals.
In the 126-pound division, Anthony Sykora pinned Gable Speltz of Lewiston-Altura/Rushford-Peterson, but fell in the next round to Brett Willaby of Windom/Mountain Lake by pinfall. Sykora would end his state tournament with a loss in the consolation bracket to Wyatt Lahr of Royalton/Upsala (dec. 5-0).
Jordan Lohse fell to Tagen Miller by pinfall in his 138-pound match. In the consolation round, Lohse took on Trey Fairbanks of Deer River but fell by a 5-1 decision.
For Otter Tail Central, the Bulldogs will see two wrestlers in Max Naddy (145) and Cian Buehler (285) compete in Saturday’s matches.
Naddy won by a 10-4 decision over James Welle of Holdingford, but lost in the quarterfinals to Owen Novacek of Badger-Greenbush-Middle River in an 11-3 major decision. Naddy would defeat Skye Powers of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City in the consolation bracket by a 6-3 decision. Naddy advances to Saturday where he will take on Zach Spinks of Windom/Mountain Lake.
Buehler clipped Zach Evans of Badger-Greenbush-Middle River in a 2-1 decision. Buehler fell in the quarterfinals against Tanner Berghuis of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City by pinfall, but rebounds with a win over Quintin Arndt of New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva with a 3-0 decision. Buehler will now take on Clayton Luthe of Grand Meadow/Leroy-Ostrander/ Southland Saturday.
At 132 pounds, Logan Schleske defeated Norwood-Young America’s Joash Lord 5-3 in an ultimate tie-breaker. Schleske would fall in the quarterfinals to Taylor DeFrang of Dover-Eyota by a 7-4 decision. Schleske would end his time at the tournament with a 6-1 decision loss to Teddy Pesch of Minneota.
In the 152-pound division, Nik Gardin fell to Alex Borsgard of Windom/Mountain Lake by pinfall and took on Dover-Eyota’s Marcus Otomo in the consolation bracket. Otomo would defeat Gardin by a 13-0 major decision.
Zane Swanson (160) edged Jared Knutson of Benson in a 1-0 decision. Swanson would fall to Tyler Ryan Kenyon-Wanamingo in a 13-2 major decision. Swanson would take on Ben Olson of Roseau in the consolation bracket, falling in a 9-5 decision.
Rounding out the Bulldogs, Laredo Bugbee (113) fell in a 9-1 major decision to Cael Bartels of Chatfield, and Wyatt Thorson (220) fell to Nick McCabe of Caledonia/Houston via pinfall.
Representing Pelican Rapids, Matt Ziebell defeated Tristyn Ferguson of Red Lake County Central by a 15-3 major decision in his opening 170-pound match. Ziebell would fall by a 7-4 decision to Ian Frenzel of Blackduck-Cass Lake-Bena in the quarterfinals, but defeat Gabe Pesta of Long Prairie-Grey Eagle-Browerville in a 3-2 decision in the consolation bracket. Ziebell will now take on Shawn Buysse of Minneota Saturday.
The tournament will begin again at 9:30 a.m. Saturday with the consolation quarterfinals at the Xcel Energy Center.