ST. PAUL - The Sibley East wrestling team's day at the state duals was one where the lows outweighed the highs.
The team suffered a stifling loss and a momentous upset all before 1 p.m. on Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The latter advanced Sibley East to the consolation finals for fifth place, where it lost to Pierz 35-26 to place sixth overall.
"There's eight good teams and a heck of a lot of good kids," said Sibley East coach Chad Johnson. "But somewhere, you've got to be able to grind out the close ones. Overall today, we didn't do that."
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
Sibley East heavy weight Jadan Podratz (top) defeated Ryan Twedt of Minneaota/Lincoln in the consolation round of the Class A Team State Wrestling Tournament Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
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In the first dual of the day, Sibley East lost to top-ranked Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 43-20.
The Wolverines could not muster up any wins from their unranked wrestlers against the Falcons with all of their wins coming from their five ranked ones - No. 4 Tanner Pasvogel (106 wrestling up at 113 pounds), No. 3 Jason Meyer (132), No. 2 Austin Brockhoff (138), No. 2 Hunter Retzlaff (145 wrestling up at 152) and No. 1 Nathan Rose (195).
"We had our five main guys that went 15-0," Johnson said. "Other than that, we just didn't have anybody else that really went out and did a whole lot of big things. We needed somebody else to step up today and we just really never got a consistent effort from any of them."
Pasvogel, Retzlaff and Rose all registered bonus points for the Wolverines (23-10) in that dual.
The final four matches in the dual were decided by falls with the Falcons garnering three of them. The fall from Rose - the first of three for him on the day - was the sole outlier.
Meyer had a big win against No. 5 Tyler Berghuis at 132 pounds. After riding out Berghuis for the entirety of the second period tied 0-0, Meyer notched a reversal with 1:20 to go in the third and again rode out for the victory.
"Last year, I turned up my riding here," Meyer said. "Ever since then, I've been working hard on it and I'm really glad I'm able to ride good now. It helps a lot in state tournaments."
In the consolation semifinals against No. 4-seeded Minneota/Lincoln HI, Sibley East garnered its first dual lead of the day. It was in the 138-pound match where Brockhoff pinned Kolin Drietz in 3:13 to give Sibley East a 13-12 lead after six matches in the dual.
In the next match at 145 pounds, No. 2 Hunter Retzlaff beat sixth-ranked Bryce Bruner in a 7-3 decision to extend the Wolverines' lead to 16-12.
The first two wins by Sibley East's unranked wrestlers, however, were its biggest.
After a loss at 152 pounds gave Minneota a 17-16 lead, Mitch Wentzlaff pulled away from fellow state qualifier Nick Espring in a 2-1 decision that was decided by an escape in the second tiebreaker round at 160.
"I missed a chance on a takedown in overtime and I could tell he was getting tired," Wentzlaff said. "I rode him out and usually the top position is not my best position. I figured I could get it in a third overtime period, but I ended up missing a couple chances there too."
After the missed opportunities, Wentzlaff finally came through to regain the lead for Sibley East.
"I had enough in the gas tank then - our coaches trained us pretty good," Wentzlaff said. "He was tired and I took advantage of it."
The latter of Sibley East's unranked wins came at 170 pounds, where Jake Wentzlaff beat No. 10 Cole Hennen in a 9-4 decision. Both wrestled up at 170, even though they are 160-pounders.
In that match, Wentzlaff rode Hennen out in the second period for a big advantage with a 5-2 lead. He held onto that lead in the third with the help of two reversals in the third.
Eighth-grade heavyweight Jaden Podratz was the third unranked wrestler to win in the second dual, defeating Ryan Twedt in a nail-biting 8-7 decision to secure the 31-24 victory against the fourth-seeded Vikings (22-5).
The fifth-place dual was the one that stung the most for the Wolverines, who gave up a 20-8 lead to the Pioneers (27-2) in the 35-26 loss.
After Retzlaff's 12-6 decision against No. 6 Kolton Eischens at 145 pounds, the Wolverines gave up five-straight matches - including two falls and a 5-point technical fall for the Pioneers - to fall behind 31-20.
Despite Rose's third fall on the day, Jon DuFrane's loss by major decision in the heavyweight match sealed Sibley East's fate.
Pasvogel, Meyer, Brockhoff, Retzlaff, Rose and both Mitch and Jake Wentzlaff will now turn their attention to the individual tournament, which begins at 9 a.m. on Friday.
"It always sucks to place last, but it is what it is," Meyer said. "We've just got to get in the right mindset that it's all about me now."
Class A championship
No. 1 Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (5A) 43, Sibley East (4A) 20
106 - No. 9 Rylan Molinaro (A) pinned Tommy Wentzlaff, 3:45 - A 6, S 0
113 - No. 4 (106) Tanner Pasvogel (S) mdec. Brennan Holien, 11-2 - A 6, S 4
120 - A.J. Schmidt (A) dec. Mitch Heibel, 4-3 - A 9, S 4
126 - Cameron Whitcomb (A) dec. Mason Voight, 10-6 - A 12, S 4
132 - No. 3 Jason Meyer (S) dec. No. 5 Tyler Berghuis, 2-0 - A 12, S 7
138 - No. 2 Austin Brockhoff (S) dec. No. 9 Derek Dengerud, 6-0 - A 12, S 10
145 - No. 1 Larry Bomstad (A) tech fall Quinlan Riffenberg, 17-1 (5:36) - A 17, S 10
152 -No. 2 (145) Hunter Retzlaff (S) mdec. Sheldon Rasmussen, 14-4 - A 17, S 14
160 - No. 1 (152) Logan Peterson (A) tech fall Mitch Wentzlaff, 22-7 (5:29) - A 22, S 14
170 - Jordan Nelson (A) dec. Jake Wentzlaff, 6-5 - A 25, S 14
182 - No. 3 Maverick Whitcomb (A) pinned Austin Kube, 1:11 - A 31, S 14
195 - No. 1 Nathan Rose (S) pinned Cody Berghuis, 1:39 - A 31, S20
220 - No. 1 Lucas Damm (A) pinned Jon DuFrane, 3:10 - A 37, S 20
Hwt - No. 9 Jordan Fester (A) pinned Jaden Podratz, 1:28 - A 43, S 20
Class A consolation semifinals
Sibley East (4A) 31, No. 4 Minneota/Lincoln HI (3A) 24
106 - No. 1 Brock Buysse (M) pinned Tommy Wentzlaff, 0:15 - M 6, S 0
113 - No. 4 (106) Tanner Pasvogel (S) dec. Eric Hauswedell, 6-2 - M 6, S 3
120 -Kyle Hennen (M) dec. Mitch Heibel, 6-3 - M 9, S 3
126 -Landyn VanOverbeke (M) dec. Mason Voight, 8-6 - M 12, S 3
132 - No. 2 Jason Meyer (S) mdec. Leo Buysse, 13-4 - M 12, S 7
138 - No. 2 Austin Brockhoff (S) pinned Kolin Drietz, 3:13 - M 12, S 13
145 - No. 2 Hunter Retzlaff (S) dec. No. 6 (138) Bryce Bruner, 7-3 -M 12, S 16
152 - No. 4 (145) Alec Engler (M) tech fall Quinlan Riffenburg, 18-1 (5:35) - M 17, S 16
160 - Mitch Wentzlaff (S) dec. Nicholas Esping, 2-1 (TB2) - M 17, S 19
170 - Jake Wentzlaff (S) dec. No. 10 (160) Cole Hennen, 9-4 - M 17, S 22
182 -Grant Abraham (M) dec. Cody Voight, 9-3 - M 20, S 22
195 - No. 1 Nathan Rose (S) pinned Nathan Bueltel, 1:02 - M 20, S 28
220 - Trent Espring (M) mdec. Jon DuFrane, 17-8 - M 24, S 28
Hwt - Jaden Podratz (S) dec. Ryan Twedt, 8-7 - M 24, S 31
Class A fifth-place dual
Pierz (7A) 35, Sibley East (4A) 26
106 - No. 4 Tanner Pasvogel (S) dec. No. 6 Brandon Ortman, 9-7 - P 0, S 3
113 - Tommy Wentzlaff (S) wins by forfeit - P 0, S 9
120 - No. 7 Brandon Sullivan (P) dec. Mitch Heibel, 6-4 - P 3, S 9
126 - No. 6 Chris Ortman (P) tech fall Mason Voight, 16-0 (6:00) - P 8, S 9
132 - No. 3 Jason Meyer (S) mdec. Andrew Tomala, 20-9 - P 8, S 13
138 - No. 2 Austin Brockhoff (S) mdec. Evan Woitalla, 8-0 - P 8, S 17
145 - No. 2 Hunter Retzlaff (S) dec. No. 6 Kolton Eischens, 12-6 - P 8, S 20
152 -Brett Kapsner (P) dec. Mitch Wentzlaff, 4-2 - P 11, S 20
160 -Matt Kummet (P) dec. Jake Wentzlaff, 12-7 - P 14, S 20
170 - Teddy Dehler (P) pinned Paul Schmidt, 0:28 - P 20, S 20
182 - No. 8 (170) Jordan Goebel (P) tech fall Austin Kube, 17-2 (4:31) - P 25, S 20
195 - Ryley Smude (P) pinned Cody Voight, 3:13 - P 31, S 20
220 - No. 1 (195) Nathan Rose (S) pinned Austin Gall, 2:44 - P 31, S 26
Hwt - No. 4 Curtis Brisk (P) mdec. Jon DuFrane, 10-2 - P 35, S 26