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Wrestling: Knights, Silverstreaks compete at state individuals tournament

Levi Larkin waves to Knights fans in the crowd after winning his quarterfinal match Friday at the state individuals tournament at the Xcel Energy Center. (Ryan Pietruszewski | Echo Press)1 / 4
Knights wrestler Jake Nohre tries to regain control of his foot during his quarterfinals matchup against Aitken's Silas Berg. He won the matchup by a 10-1 major decision and advanced to the finals after winning his semifinals bout by forfeit. (Ryan Pietruszewski | Echo Press)2 / 4
Osakis wrestler Seth Johnson wrestles St Charles' Mark Buringa in his first wrestleback bout Friday at the Class-A Individuals State Tournament. Johnson lost the matchup by a 12-3 major decision. (Ryan Pietruszewski | Echo Press)3 / 4
Keaton Long wrestles Jared Sunram in the quarterfinals of the individuals state tournament on Friday. Long won the matchup by a 4-2 decision to advance to the semifinals. (Ryan Pietruszewski | Echo Press)4 / 4

State champion hopes are still alive for West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville’s Jake Nohre, Keaton Long and Levi Larkin.

In the 126 bracket, Nohre beat Jose Nelson-Cuellar of St. James and Silas Berg of of Aitken to make it to the semifinals and, according to trackwrestling.com, advanced to the finals via a forfeit in his semifinal matchup.

In the 152, Long pinned Pipestone’s McKinley Bush in 4:28 and topped Park Rapids’ Jared Sunram by a 4-2 decision. He will face Blue Earth’s Zach Buseman in the semifinal round.

Larkin worked his way through the 170 bracket with two pins over Aitken’s Kenny Hesse (3:21) and Garrett Ploeger of Pipestone (5:44) to advance to the semifinals.

Osakis senior Seth Johnson beat Knights senior Drake Swanson by an 11-9 decision in the opening round of the 120 bracket and went on to lose to St. Charles’ Mark Buringa in a 12-3 major decision. He then beat Caden Ochsendorf of Blue Earth 6-4 in the losers’ bracket and still has a chance to take home third place.

Osakis junior Gage Zieske (132) is also still wrestling, as he topped LeSueur-Henderson’s Dalton Pauly in the opening round before losing to Pierz’s Brandon Ortman by a 10-3 decision in the quarterfinals and beating Matthew Frost in his first losers’ bracket bout.

Knights junior Kaden Spindler finished 2-1 after day one in the 145 bracket. He beat Sibley East’s Mason Voight 6-4, lost to Cole Klinkner of Blue Earth 8-2 and beat KMS’s Caleb Collins 7-0.

Mason Nibbe lost his opening-round 220 bout to Reid Seelhammer by fall in 5 minutes, 18 seconds and lost his first wrestleback matchup to Paynesville’s Grant Ludwig, ending his season.

WCA-A-BE wrestlers Jordan Lohse (106) and Tyler Onstad (160), along with Colton Waldvogel (152) of Osakis, lost their first-round matchups and didn’t get the chance at wrestlebacks.

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