The Hastings Raider Wrestling Team sent 11 of 14 wrestlers to the Class AAA Individual State Tournament after an incredible showing in the Section 3AAA meet. All 14 Raiders placed third or higher after qualifying for team state the previous week.
Six Hastings wrestlers won sectional championships last Saturday at Two Rivers High School: Blake Beissel at 106 pounds, Josh Route at 145, Aiden Erickson (152), Zander Hallis (160), Ian Pepple (170) and Jericho Cooper at 182.
Trey Beissel (113), Mark Svoboda (120), Jack Bainbridge (126), Creed Peterson (138) and Austin Leflay (220) were all finalists and also qualified for state.
Peyton Erickson at 132, Tyler Miller (195) and Blake Clemons (285) all finished third. Both Erickson and Clemons had chances to advance to state by winning True Second matches after winning their third-place fights, but lost.
The next three days will be action-packed for Hastings wrestling as they compete as a team on Thursday in tag team status and then the following two days for individual status. The three days take place at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Raiders received the No. 4 seed for team status and will face No. 5 Anoka in the first round at 9 a.m. The winner will face No. 1 St. Michael-Albertville or Apple Valley while the loser will fall in the consolation bracket. As of February 24, Hastings is ranked No. 5 in the AAA class and Anoka is No. 6.
Below are the complete individual results from Section 3AAA:
106: Blake Beissel received a first-round bye, pinned St. Thomas Academy’s Isaac French in 47 seconds in the semifinal, then took first place after pinning Park’s Zach Carr in 50 seconds. Beissel is ranked No. 1 in the AAA class at 106.
113: Trey Beissel won his quarter-final match by an 18-2 technical fall over Eagan’s Lucas Amelse, Tech fell (21-5) St. Paul Central’s Matthew O’Hara in the semi-final but then lost to St. Thomas Academy’s Thomas Holmquist in the championship game by a 3–1 decision. In a True Second match, he again won by technical fall (19-3) over Kyler Jubinal of Park.
120: Mark Svoboda pinned St. Thomas Academy’s Liam Connor in 33 seconds during the quarterfinals, beat Woodbury’s Matt Lunemann by a major 19-9 decision in the semis and lost to Zach Silvis of Park in the Fall Championship Game in 50 Seconds. He then defeated Eagan’s Thomas Krueger by a major 15-5 decision in a True Second match to take second place.
126: Jack Bainbridge received a first-round bye, then beat Two Rivers’ Trey Sann by pinfall in the semifinals in 2:50. In the championship match, he lost to Woodbury’s Alex Braun by pinfall in 24 seconds to take second place. Bainbridge is rated No. 7 in AAA at 126.
132: Peyton Erickson received a first-round bye, then fell to Park’s Gunnar Mullan in the semi-finals by a 9-4 decision. In the consolation semi-final, he beat Woodbury’s Dino Tokin by pinfall in 2:00, then beat Two Rivers’ Caden Thell by forfeit for third place. In a True Second match, Erickson lost to St. Thomas Academy’s Colton Zwiefel by pinfall in 1:07.
138: Creed Peterson received a first-round bye, then beat Park’s LeRoy Olson in the semifinals by a major 14-2 decision. In the championship match, he lost to Riley Kane of East Ridge by pinfall in 5:27, then defeated Myles Belmore of Two Rivers by pinfall in 1:26 in the True Second match.
145: Josh Route pinned Marshall Wright of St. Paul Central (1:27) in the quarterfinals and Josh Williams of Woodbury in the semifinals. He then beat Park’s Will Deutsch in the Championship by a 15-0 technical fall for the first. Road is rated No. 7 in AAA for 145.
152: Aiden Erickson won his quarterfinal and semifinal matches by technical pinfall over Krisitian Cercioglu of St. Thomas Academy and Cael Viesselman of East Ridge. He then defeated Brad Little of Woodbury by a 7-4 decision for the Sectional Championship. Erickson is ranked No. 8 in AAA while Little is No. 1.
160: Zander Hallis pinned Woodbury’s Iyad Mahfouz in 44 seconds in the quarterfinals, beat St. Thomas Academy’s Jack Springer in the semifinals by a 3-0 decision, then beat Austin Kalina of Eagan by a major 10-2 decision for the championship.
170: Ian Pepple won his first two games by pinfall over Dom Atkins of Park (2:17) and Lilas Sikorski of St. Paul Central (0:30) before beating Jake Borman of St. Thomas Academy by a 3 decision -2 for the section championship.
182: Jericho Cooper pinned his first two opponents – Nate Murphy of Park (1:43) and Riley Pearce of Two Rivers (4:00) – then won the championship match by pinfall over Josh Jones of East Ridge in 3 :01.
195: Tyler Miller pinned St. Paul Central’s Baraka Abduraham in 56 seconds in the quarter-finals but then lost to Park’s Alex Carr in the semi-finals by a 9-3 decision. In the consolation semifinal, he beat Woodbury’s Aghogho Egi by pinfall in 1:58, then won the third-place match against Eagan’s Tyler Uhl by a major 13-3 decision.
220: Austin Leflay received a first-round bye, then pinned St. Paul Central’s Esli Jalloh in the semis in 26 seconds. He lost to St. Thomas Academy’s Vincent Mueller in the fall championship game in 4:13 to take second place.
285: Blake Clemons pinned Peter Rivera Foley of Two Rivers in the quarterfinals in 1:22 but then lost to Leo Bluhm of St. Thomas Academy in the semifinals by a 5-0 decision. In the consolation semifinals, he pinned Park’s Doug Sabin in 46 seconds, then beat Rivera Foley again by pinfall in 2:17 for third place. Clemons then had the chance to wrestle in a True Second match but lost to Woodbury’s Thomas Moesenthin by pinfall in 1:11.