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Simley Spartans bring home wrestling hardware
The Simley High School wrestling team proved they were the No. 1 Class AA wrestling team in the state in dominating fashion last weekend.
The Spartans opened the Minnesota State Class AA Wrestling Team Tournament against No. 8-ranked Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle/Montevideo United.
The Spartans flattened United by winning 10 of the 14 weight classes. The final score was 46-12.
Next up for was a rematch of last year’s state championship match. This year Simley dominated Kasson-Mantorville 40-19. The KoMets were able to sneak out only four wins in the dual, with two of the wins by their nationally ranked wrestlers.
In the match for the state team title, Simley proved to be too powerful for Scott West, winning by a 33-21 score. Scott West moved some of its highly ranked wrestlers up a weight class to try to get a better match up, but in the end Simley still won nine of 14 weight classes to take home the championship hardware for the sixth time in the last seven years.
106 pounds: Kyle Gliva of Simley started the tournament out with an 11-4 decision over Josh Lumley of Becker. He then lost a hard-fought, 4-2 decision to eventual champ Garrett Aldrich of Albert Lea Area. Gliva fought his way back through the consolation bracket with a 12-8 overtime win over Mike Menth of Totino Grace and a decisive 8-3 win over Braydon Ortloff of Detroit Lakes. This win landed him with a rematch from Thursday night’s team semifinal match with Keaton Schorr of Kasson-Mantorville. Schorr got revenge upending Gliva 8-0. A 3-2 individual record earned Gliva fourth place.
South St Paul’s Lorenzo Diaz dropped two matches to runner-up Cole Jones from Grand Rapids and Schorr.
113 pounds: Anthony Jackson of Simley began with two victories -- 6-2 over Jacob Jewett of Glencoe and 8-4 over Clayton Hartle of Fulda -- before losing a close, 4-2 semifinal match to Jakob Stageberg of New London-Spicer the eventual state champ. Jackson followed the loss with a decisive 5-1 win over Nate Carlson of Annandale-Maple Lake. This win earned him a match with third-ranked Jake Allar from Benilde-St. Margaret’s. Allar won by pin, giving Jackson a 3-2 record on the weekend, which was good for fourth place.
Josh Tarum of St. Thomas Academy lost his first two matches.
126 pounds: Curt Palodichuk of South St. Paul perhaps got the toughest draw of the bracket, and fell to No. 3-ranked Tyler Funk of Foley in the first match of the tournament. This was followed by a dominating 11-0 win over Keston Lopez of Cannon Falls, only to meet No. 1-ranked David Flynn from Scott West. Flynn beat Palodichuk 11-4.
Simley’s Cortzs Arredondo had a good tournament, winning three matches in a row over McCoy Tekautz of Lewiston 11-6; 3-2 over Christian Bahl of Totino-Grace, and 3-1 over Riley Drew of Hutchinson before falling 9-7 in overtime to second-ranked and returning state champion Anthony Luft of Worthington for a second-place finish.
132 pounds: Kyle Nordstrom of Simley started the tournament with a fall over Travis Ostby of MAHAC, followed by a 5-3 overtime win against ninth-ranked Noah Bernier of Thief River Falls. Nordstrom then lost 9-3 to Griffin Parriott, the top-ranked and future state champion in the semifinals. Nordstrom finished in sixth place.
Ryan Duffy of South St. Paul also qualified at 132.
152 pounds: Mack Short of Simley carried on a family tradition by winning a state championship in dominating performance. He started the tournament with a fall over Aaron Moscho of Milaca. Short followed with a 12-3 major decision over Dereck Samudio of Albert Lea Area and a 45-second fall over fifth-ranked Parker Jackson of Detroit Lakes. This earned him a spot in the finals where he handily beat Carter Nielsen of Foley.
South St Paul’s Marcos Perez lost his first two matches.
182 pounds: Simley’s Trom Peterson closed out his high school wrestling career at the state tournament. Not only did he play a major role in the team championship, he took home a second-place finish. Peterson started the individual tournament with a 3-1 victory over Perham’s William Parks. He then pinned second-ranked Tyler Midas of Foley, followed by a 6-5, hard-fought victory over Alex Goergen of Caledonia. In the championship match Austin May of Zimmerman proved to be too much for Peterson and earned an 8-4 victory.
South St Paul’s Hayden Cameron lost his first match and didn’t qualify for wrestle-backs.
220 pounds: Simley’s Jack Ryan finished in third place with his only loss of the tournament coming in the semifinals at the hands of No. 1-ranked state champion Clay Broze of Cannon Falls in overtime. Ryan started the tournament with two solid victories over Tyshaun Brown of Thief River Falls by a fall and a 7-4 win over highly ranked Kez Flomo of Totino-Grace. After the loss to Broze, Ryan made short work of Dylan Winegar of Waseca with a 2:24 pin. The third-place match was a hard-fought, 3-1 victory over third-ranked Jake Filk of Hutchinson.
Others who qualified are:
120 pounds: Greg Kerkvliet, Simley, and Trevor Oberg, South St. Paul
138 pounds: Zack Spychalla, Simley
145 pounds: Rodolfo Delao, Simley, and John Rankin, South St. Paul
170 pounds: Michael Avwunuma, Simley
195 pounds: Chris Baumann, Simley
285 pounds: Jose Brito, South St. Paul, and Rashad Nixon, Simley
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