10 wrestlers place at state

Published 9:00 am Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Northland Youth Wrestling Association held their annual K-8 State Wrestling Tournament in Rochester, March 31 through April 3.

NYWA placewinners include, from left, front row: Cole Glazier, Noah Nelson, Garrett Aldrich, Nic Cantu and Zach Glazier. Back row: Santana Acosta, Dereck Samudio, Beau Johnsrud, Tristan Westerlund and Jordan Nielsen. -- Submitted photo

Nineteen Albert Lea wrestlers competed at the state tournament and 10 placed in the top six.

Tristan Westerlund, eighth grade; Zach Glazier, fourth grade and Cole Glazier, kindergarten, brought home gold. Runners-ups include Beau Johnsrud, eighth grade, and Jordan Nielsen, eighth grade. Third-place finishers were Dereck Samudio, eighth grade; Garrett Aldrich, sixth grade; and Nic Cantu, fourth grade. Eighth-grader Santana Acosta and sixth-grader Noah Nelson placed sixth.

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The Albert Lea K-6 wrestling team placed third out of 32 teams. The little grapplers went 4-2 at the tournament and earned a chance to wrestle for true second against Annandale-Maple Lake but fell short with a 31-36 defeat.

Albert Lea’s K-6 wrestling team, above, placed third of 32 teams at the Northland Youth Wrestling Association tournament in Rochester. -- Submitted photo

The junior high team wrestled extremely tough going 3-2 in dual competition. The boys wrestled to a tie against Hastings for fifth but lost on criteria.