Warne lands bronze in state meet
BY TED FISKEVOLD
Bronze was won by Perham's senior Sam Warne, after he battled through the 125-pound wrestlebacks forced by a quarterfinal loss during the Class 2A wrestling meet Wednesday-Saturday, inside the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Warne started his tourney off with a pin on his first opponent--Jacob Kohler of Monticello.
Warne lost his second match to Drew Fleming from Watertown-Mayer/Mayer Lutheran 11-9.
Fleming went on to be state champion.
Warne beat Keng Xiong of St. Paul Johnson by 11-5, beat Sam Keeler of Foley 6-1 and then pinned Andrew Patnode of Rockford to earn a spot in the bronze match.
Warne captured third in the state with a 5-0 decision on Kasson-Mantorville's Coltan Laganiere.
Taylor Doll, 140-pound Jacket senior, lost his first match to Ryan Arne from Orono 16-1. Doll lost his second match to Luke Tiesler from Adrian Area 8-2.
Senior Charlie Schmitz wrestled at 152 and lost his first match to Jamison Evans from Grand Rapids by 6-5.
Schmitz won his next match over Brady Ayers from Waterville-E-M/Janesville-W-P by a score of 8-6, defeated Paul Dvorak of Scott West 5-1, and then lost to Blaine Miller from Plainview/Elgin-Millville 3-2. Miller went on to take third place.
Schmitz went up against Jamison Evans one more time and this time he pinned him. That match earned Schmitz fifth place in the state.
Perham's sophomore heavyweight Jesse Hein beat Travis Hentges from Scott West 7-3, beat Sam Pokornowski of Dassel-Cokato 7-4, and then lost to John Morrison of North Branch 5-1.
Next, Hein beat Derek Carlson of Mora by 5-4 and then Hein lost to Casey Johnson of Kasson-Mantorville 3-1.
Johnson was third in the state and Hein was fourth.
Minnesota State High School League Class 2A state meet at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Wednesday-Saturday, March 3-6.
Perham state results --
Sam Warne (125 pounds) -- Warne pin Jacob Kohler (Monticello) 1:17...Drew Fleming (Watertown-M/ML) dec. Warne 11-9...Wrestlebacks: Warne dec. Keng Xiong (St. Paul Johnson) 11-5...Warne dec. Sam Keeler (Foley) 6-1...Warne pin Andrew Patnode (Rockford) 2:25...Third place: Warne dec. Coltan Laganiere (Kasson-Mantorville) 5-0.
Taylor Doll (140) -- Ryan Arne (Orono) tech fall Doll 4:43, 16-1...Wrestlebacks: Luke Tiesler (Adrian) dec. Doll 8-2.
Charlie Schmitz (152) -- Jamison Evans (Grand Rapids) dec. Schmitz 6-5...Wrestlebacks: Schmitz dec. Brady Ayers (Waterville-E-M/J-W-P) 8-6...Schmitz dec. Paul Dvorak (Scott West) 5-1...Blaine Miller dec. Schmitz 3-2 (3 OT)...Fifth place: Schmitz pin Jamison Evans (Grand Rapids) 5:57.
Jesse Hein (HWT) -- Hein dec. Travis Hentges (Scott West) 7-3...Hein dec. Sam Pokornowski (Dassel-Cokato) 7-4...Semifinals: John Morrison (North Branch) dec. Hein 5-1...Wrestlebacks: Hein dec. Derek Carlson (Mora) 5-4...Third place: Casey Johnson (Kasson-Mantorville) 3-1.