Glazier headed back to state finals; 3 Tigers move on to wrestlebacks

Published 12:43 pm Saturday, March 3, 2018

ST. PAUL — Albert Lea junior Zach Glazier is the lone Tiger to advance past the championship semifinals round of the Minnesota state wrestling tournament.

Glazier beat Kenny ONeil for the third time this season, 3-1, cementing himself a spot in the finals.

Glazier and ONeil ended the first period of their semifinal match tied at zero. After an escape by ONeil in the second, Glazier found himself trailing for the first time in the tournament. Glazier scored a takedown before the end of the period, followed by an escape early in the third. He fought off the last-ditch takedown attempts from ONeil, beating the state champion from one year ago. He will wrestle Cole Kirpach for the 170-pound title later tonight.

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Two other Tigers also wrestled in the semifinals round, but were unable to come away with victories.

Senior Jake Johnsrud wrestled an undefeated Patrick McKee of St. Michael-Albertville and was pinned in the third period. He advanced to the consolation semifinals, where he met Alex Kern (25-6) of St. Cloud Tech.

Johnsrud and Kern battled into overtime after the score was tied at three at the end of the third period. Johnsrud took the victory by gaining a takedown in the final seconds of the first overtime period.

He will wrestle tonight for third place at 126 pounds. His opponent will be Trayton Anderson (38-5) from Farmington.

Senior Brody Nielsen was also sent to the consolation semifinals after a 16-0 technical fall loss to an undefeated Tyler Eischens of Anoka. He squared up against Simon Bryce (40-5) of Little Falls in his first consolation match.

Nielsen dominated Bryce, not allowing him to score any points and winning 6-0. He moves on to wrestle for third place against Willie Bastyr (30-5) of Lakeville South later tonight.

Senior Gavin Ignaszewski started the day in the consolation rounds, winning his first match by pinfall at the 2:51 mark over Ty Cage of Eagan. His consolation semifinal against Troy Kruse of Stillwater Area didn’t end with the same result.

Ignaszewski couldn’t find a way to get Kruse on his back in the final minute of the third period, as he fell to a 4-2 decision. He will wrestle Bret Wilson (40-3) of Rogers for fifth place later tonight.

The finals are slated to start at 6:30 p.m., while the third- and fifth-place matches will start at 4 p.m.

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