A handful of Roseville Area High School athletes competed in a pair of state tournaments last weekend.
Junior Monty Bartkaitis was the lone Raider to reach Saturday’s finals. Swimming the 100-yard breaststroke, Bartkaitis clinched the last spot in the finals as he finished 16th in the preliminaries with a time of 1:00.97.
In the finals, Bartkaitis improved two places as he finished 14th overall (sixth in the consolation heat) with a time of 1:00.54. That was a half-second faster than his section time.
Junior Leo DiVita swam in the 50-yard freestyle but did not advance to the finals. DiVita’s time of 22.69 seconds landed him in 27th place in the prelims. He qualified for state with a time of 22.47 seconds, which was good enough to win the section title in the event.
DiVita, Bartkaitis and teammates Sawyer Boyles and Andrew Woodward-Bentley also qualified for state in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Something went wrong for the quartet in the prelims as the team was disqualified and did not advance to the finals.
Juniors December Htoo, Tyler Graham and Isaac Schmaedeke closed out their seasons with appearances at the state wrestling tournament.
Htoo had the longest stay of the three as he wrestled four times. A 126-pounder, Htoo went 2-2 and picked up a pinfall victory along the way.
Htoo opened the tournament with a 9-4 victory over Willmar’s Austin Miley before dropping an 8-0 decision to Farmington’s Taylor Venz. The loss sent Htoo to wrestlebacks, where he pinned Maple Grove’s Theo Gee in the first period. Htoo’s tournament run came to an end in the second round of wrestlebacks when he lost 6-2 to Cambridge-Isantis Travis Swanson.
Graham went 1-2 at state wrestling at 160 pounds. Graham pinned Moorhead’s Joseph Grove in the third period for a first-round victory. Graham then suffered a second-period pin at the hands of Eastview’s Jacob Rukavina. In wrestlebacks, Graham was pinned with eight seconds left in the first period by Stuart Mattison of Hastings.
Schmaedeke lasted just one round wrestling at 195 pounds. Hastings Daryale Harris pinned Schmaedeke in the second period but then lost to Gable Stevenson of Apple Valley in the second round. When Harris lost, he took a spot in the wrestlebacks and ended Schmaedeke’s tournament stay.