Six Eagles off to state wrestling
WADENA - The New York Mills wrestling team is sending six wrestlers to the Class A State Wrestling tournament this weekend, including defending state champion Shane Novak.
Novak won the 113-pound title last season. He will be joined by Tyler Ehnert (132), Kacee Skoog (152), Noah Pesola (182), Tyler Patron (195) and Max Carlson (285).
Novak, Patron and Carlson all won Section 6A championships.
Novak defeated Justin Gordon of Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 14-5 in the semifinals after receiving a first round bye. Novak defeated Tracer Lee of Border West in the finals by a 7-3 decision.
Border West's Gus McCarthy defeated Tyler Ehnert in the finals of the 132-pound bracket 15-3.
Ehnert advanced by defeating Devin Barthel of Wadena-Deer Creek 7-5.
Ehnert blanked BHV's Holton Truax 16-0 and defeated Pelican Rapids Robert Mazoriegos 2-1 in the early rounds.
Skoog won two matches after a bye to advance to the finals. He defeated Jace Nosal of Barnesville 10-5 and Josh Peterson of Breckenridge 5-1. Nick Stafford of Border West was the 152 champion with a 10-6 win.
Skoog advanced to state with a pin at 3:41 of BHV's Hayden Truax.
Noah Pesola makes a second straight trip to state. He pinned Felix Barragan at 3:29 for second place. Dillon Card of BHV was the 182 champiion.
Pesola got wins over Sid Kamrath of West Central Area by fall in only 34 seconds to start the day. Pesola pinned Gavin Brendefur of Ottertail Central at 1:46 in the semis.
Card defeated Pesola 3-1 for the title.
At 195, Patron pinned Breckenridge's Zach Hasse in 26 seconds and defeated Bradan Krump of Border West in the semis 4-1.
Patron won a 2-1 decision over Hunter Fick (WCA) to capture the 195 title.
Max Carlson won the heavyweight title in overtime over Logan Nibbe of Prairie Valley after the duo tied at three after regulation.
Carlson advanced to the final with a 10-second pin of Tristian Baker of WDC, a 11-3 decision over Alec Wheelright of Barnesville before facing Nibbe in the final.
Class A individual matches will take place beginning Friday, March 1 at 1 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.