Rebels’ Dylla finishes runner-up

Published 8:56 pm Saturday, March 5, 2011

United South Central 140-pounder Dustin Dylla wrestles Saturday in the state championship match at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. -- Andrew Dyrdal

ST. PAUL — United South Central 140-pounder Dustin Dylla finished second Saturday in the Class A state individual wrestling tournament after losing 9-3 to undefeated Clint Poster, of Pierz.

Dylla won three matches en route to a spot in the finals before running into No. 1-ranked Poster. Dylla kept it close during the first two periods and trailed 3-2 entering the third. Poster scored a three-point near fall, takedown and penalty point in the final two minutes to win.

“My goal was to make it to the finals,” Dylla said. “I had the draw you do it in and I came up and did it. I have no regrets.”

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USC coach Marcus Eytcheson said Dylla epitomizes the wrestler he wants on his team.

“He’s not a naturally gifted wrestler but he’s always working hard,” Eytcheson said. “If you’re willing to listen and learn you can get to a state final. (Dylla) proved it.”