Novak wrestles to a fourth-place finish
BY TED FISKEVOLD
New York Mills' senior Jordan Novak wrestled his way to a fourth-place finish during the Class 1A state individual meet inside the Xcel Energy Center Wednesday-Saturday, March 3-6.
Novak made his way to the 135-pound semifinals, where he dropped a 12-7 decision to Crookston's Mariano Portillo.
But that wouldn't deter Novak, who rebounded nicely in the wrestlebacks with a 3-1 overtime win over St. James' Ethan Hildebrandt for a chance at bronze.
But Clint Poster of Pierz ended Novak's bronze chances with an 11-2 victory.
Novak downed senior Taylor Menke of Jackson County Central 9-1 in the first round, while knocking off Lake City's Rusty Grisim 7-1 in the quarterfinals.
Shane Novak, a 103-pound ninth grade wrestler from New York Mills, lost his first round match.
Sophomore Isaac Novacek from Badger/Greenbush-Middle River beat Novak 6-4.
Novak was defeated 7-4 in a second match with Kurt Timmons of Kerhoven-Murdock-Sunberg, with Novacek eventually becoming the 103-pound Class 1 A State Champion.
Mills' 125-pound wrestler, sophomore Maison Roberts was defeated 8-0 by Medford sophomore Brad Maas in round one, as Maas lost in round two to end Roberts' tournament.
NYM's 215-pound senior Jarrod Norton lost his first match by technical fall 16-0 to Brandon Manderschied of Minnewaska Area.
In his second match, Norton was defeated 13-1 by Alex Dreyer from United South Central.
Eagles' heavyweight Landyn Saewert pinned Travis Longhenry of Canby in his first match, but was pinned by Alex Yeager of Badger/Greenbush-Middle River in his second round match, and lost 3-2 to Ray Johnson of Mankato in his third match.
Minnesota State High School League Class 1A state meet at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Wednesday-Saturday, March 3-6.
New York Mills results --
Shane Novak (103): Isaac Novacek (Badger/G-MR) dec. Novak 6-4...Wrestlebacks: Kurt Timmons (KMS) dec. 7-4.
Maison Roberts (125): Brad Maas (Medford) maj dec Roberts 8-0.
Jordan Novak (135): Novak maj dec. Taylor Menke (JCC) 9-1...Novak dec. Rusty Grisim (Lake City) 7-1...Semifinals: Mariano Portillo (Crookston) dec. Novak 12-7...Wrestlebacks: Novak dec. Ethan Hilderbrandt (St. James) 3-1 (OT)...Third place: Clint Poster (Pierz) dec. Novak 11-2.
Jarrod Norton (215): Brandon Manderschied (Minnewaska) tech fall Norton 3:29, 16-0...Wrestlebacks: Stu Raasch (Zumbrota-Mazeppa) dec. Norton 7-5 (OT).
Landyn Saewert (HWT): Saewert pin Travis Longhenry (Canby) 1:54...Alex Yaeger (Badger/G-MR) pin Saewert 2:47...Wrestlebacks: Ray Johnson (St. Clair/Mankato Loyola) dec. Saewert 3-2 (4 OT).