Wrestlers place at state

Published 9:34 am Monday, April 16, 2012

The Albert Lea wrestling team sent 11 K-6th and three junior high invidual wrestlers to the 2012 Northland Youth Wrestling Aosociation state tournament on March 31. From left front: Joey Flores, Mike Olson, Cole Glazier. Back row: Kail Wynia, Garrett Aldrich, Brody Nielsen and Gavin Ignaszewski. Not pictured: Mason Hammer and Hunter Lowman.

The Albert Lea youth wrestling team placed third at the 2012 Norland Youth Wrestling Association state tournament March 31 to April 1. The tournament was held at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester.

The Albert Lea youth wrestling team poses after earning third place at the Norland Youth Wrestling Association state tournament.

In addition to the team, the Tigers sent 11 K to 6th individuals and three junior high individuals to state.

Kail Wynia, Brody Neilsen and Garrett Aldrich were all named state champions.

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Seven individuals were placewinners.

Mason Hammer finished second, Gavin Ignaszewski finished third, Joey Flores finished fourth, and Mike Olson, Cole Glazier and Hunter Lowman finished fifth.

Other boys who made it to state but did not place were Nic Cantu, Zach Glazier, Jacob Johnsrud, Ty Harms and Chris Nelson.

Before the state tournament, the team had won the Region 2 NYWA tournament in March and placed second at the Byron Bears Challenge in February just behind Apple Valley 204-199.