Rebels wrestling sends 5 to statePublished 10:24am Monday, February 27, 2012
BLUE EARTH — The United South Central and New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva wrestling teams had a combined total of 18 individuals place in the top six on Saturday during the 2A wrestling tournament in Blue Earth.
Five of those individuals were from USC and qualified for state.
Dylan Herman at 126 pounds and Brady Thisius (182) were named champion. Jacob Gonsalez (120), Derek Herman (132) and Colten Carlson (170) were named runners-up.
“We wrestled the way we were going to,” USC coach Todd Rassmussen said. “Our goal was four guys to make it to state, and we ended up getting five. We came up short with one more, and he was almost there, too, so overall we wrestled well.”
Dylan had a bye in the first two rounds but pinned Maple River’s Zak Walters at 0:48 and won a 1-0 decision over Eliot Jurries of Jackson County Central to earn the champion title at 126.
Brady Thisius also started with two byes and pinned Maple River’s Kyle Schoneck at 0:52 to enter the final round. He secured the win after a 10-6 decision over NRHEG’s Seth Petranek.
“It feels really good to get the revenge,” Thisius said, after a loss to Petranek last year.
Derek was named true second after a final match against St. Clair’s Dylan Boettcher. Herman pinned Boettcher at 3:44.
From NRHEG, Dustin Esplan (120) was named champion and a disappointed Seth Petranek (182) was named runner up.
Esplan said he was confident going into the match and was happy with the results. He just wished more individuals would have qualified from NRHEG. Petranek said his loss to Thisius was an aggravating one.
“Certainly there’s a little bit of a rivalry and little bit of history between Thisius and Petranek,” NRHEG coach Paul Cyr said. “Last year we won, this year we didn’t. Just another week to catch up to them.”
NRHEG’s Jacob Staloch wrestled against Maple River’s Seth Barkosky for true second but Staloch lost a 5-0 decision and placed third. Also during a true second battle, Blue Earth Area’s Carter Hanson won over Dillon Parpart by a technical fall 16-0 at 3:13.
The fight between Esplan and Blue Earth Area’s Isaac Vasquez came to an end when Vasquez was pinned at 5:02. Esplan won by a technical fall 15-0 over USC’s Jacob Gonsalez at 4:18.
“It was a decent section tournament for us,” Cyr said. “We entered 11 and placed 10. It could have been worse but it would have been nice to figure out a way to qualify another guy.”
NRHEG stats: Dillon Kubiatowicz (106) fourth place, Jade Waltz (113) fourth place, Dustin Esplan (120) first place, Tyler Logan (132) fourth place, Jacob Staloch (138) third place, David Lassahn (145) third place, Nathan Krohn (152) third place, Dillon Parpart (160) third place, Matt Dahle (170) fifth place and Seth Petranek (182) second place.
USC stats: Dom Alger (106) third place, Jacob Gonsalez (120) second place, Dylan Herman (126) first place, Derek Herman (132) second place, Skylar Peterson (145) fifth place, Colten Carlson (170) second place, Brady Thisius (182) first place and Nathan Muhlenbeck (285) fourth place.