3 Tigers wrestlers reach finals

Published 1:51 pm Saturday, March 3, 2012

Larry Goodnature beams with tears of joy after heavyweight Bryce DeBoer pinned second-ranked Corey Anderson of Shakopee to reach the state finals. --Brandi Hagen/Albert Lea Tribune

ST. PAUL — Albert Lea’s Bryce DeBoer became the third Tigers wrestlers on Saturday to reach the state finals with a dramatic upset of No. 2-ranked Corey Anderson of Shakopee.

DeBoer led Anderson 2-1 after the first period but fell behind 4-3 after Anderson scored a takedown with 15 seconds remaining in the match. DeBoer went down when the wrestlers reset and quickly escaped and notched a winning takedown with seven seconds left.

DeBoer will face sixth-ranked Gjullian Flemister-King of Champlin Park in the finals, which begin at 7:30 tonight.

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No. 1-ranked Trevor Westerlund reached the finals at 106 pounds with a 10-4 win over East Ridge’s Reid Lyden and will face Apple Valley’s second-ranked Maolu Woiwor in the state finals.

Hable pinned White Bear Lake’s Tommy Longendyke in one minute and 33 seconds in the 170-pound semis. Hable will face top-ranked Kyle Begin of Anoka in the finals.

Dalton Westerlund was the Tigers’ fourth semifinalist, but lost to Apple Valley’s nationally-ranked Brandon Kingsley 5-1.

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