Prep report: Wilke, Jelle in state wrestling contention

The Grand Rapids senior is going for an undefeated season.

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Prep report

ST. PAUL — Dusty Wilke of Grand Rapids remains in contention for an undefeated season after he won his first two matches in the Class AA 170-pound bracket at the state individual wrestling tournament at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Friday.

Wilke defeated Riley Gill of Hutchinson/Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart via a 23-8 technical fall, recording seven takedowns in the second period alone. In round two, Wilke knocked off Johnathon Murphy of Big Lake 13-7.

Christian Jelle of Hibbing, an eighth-grader, also remains in contention for a state crown. He ousted Easton Miller of Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus 17-2 via a technical fall in the first round, then dismissed Cash Sixberry of Big Lake in a 6-4 decision at 113 pounds.

Bryson Larrabee of Hibbing was knocked into the 160 consolation bracket in a narrow 2-1 decision vs. Bryce Burkett of Watertown-Mayer but recovered for a 2-0 win over Joe Gardas of Zimmerman to start the consolation bracket.

Asher Hedblom, Rock Ridge's first entrant in state wrestling history, won his first match at 120 via fall, but lost 6-1 to Jack Krier of Zumbrota-Mazeppa in round two. He won his first wrestleback match of the night (via fall over Sean O'Brien of Totino-Grace) and remains in contention for third place.


Zak McPhee became the first wrestler in Proctor/Hermantown history to win a match at state when he pinned Nate Berchtold of South St. Paul in his opener, but lost 4-2 to Evan Farley of New Prague, then 10-3 to Tate Condezo of Marshall to fall out of contention.

Drew Shay (195) and Ian Larrabee (220) of Hibbing had 0-2 days and were eliminated, while Asher Brenden (Grand Rapids, 106), Cooper Hendrickson of Hibbing (170) and Thomas Hagen of Hibbing (182) got only one match after the wrestlers who beat them exited the main bracket at the following round.


Emerson reaches state finals

Hibbing senior Cooper Emerson goes into the Class A 100-yard freestyle as a secondary favorite. His 46.75 in Friday's prelim was one of only two times under 47 seconds, though the other was a 45.79 for Breck Blake freshman Henry Webb.

He also earned himself a place in the 50-yard freestyle final, swimming a 21.72 in the prelims, though he'll have to catch Breck Blake's Charlie Crosby, who set a state record with a 19.72.

Hibbing also landed a lane in the final of the 200 freestyle relay with the third-best preliminary time (1:28.83).

Mesabi East senior Logan Schroeder qualified for the 100 backstroke final, Grand Rapids' Aydin Aultman is part of the 16-man diving final.

In Class A, Duluth's Grant Wodny qualified for finals in both individual events he's in, the 200 and 500 freestyle.



Prentice 60, Solon Springs 50

The third-seeded Eagles picked a bad night to have cold shooting, falling behind by as many 20 points as they fell victim to the sixth-seeded Buccaneers in a WIAA regional semifinal at Solon Springs.

Prentice led 29-17 at the half but the Eagles never got closer than seven points.

Dylan Taggart scored 17 points to lead Solon, while Isaiah Kastern had 15.

Solon Springs finishes the season 18-7. The Buccaneers face another upset winner, No. 7 Siren, at home in the regional final Saturday.

Two Harbors 68, Barnum 61

Trent Gomez's 34 points helped Two Harbors hold on to a first-half lead in both teams' season finales. Hayden Charboneau scored 18 for Barnum.

Esko 92, Brooklyn Center 74

Koi Perich had a 47-point game for the Eskomos, who scored 58 points in the second half.

Esko 92, Brooklyn Center 74
Moose Lake/Willow River 76, Pillager 55
Two Harbors 68, Barnum 61
WIAA Division 1 Regional Semifinal
Superior 67, Wausau West 53
WIAA Division 5 Regional Semifinal
Prentice 60, Solon Springs 50

Section 7AAA Semifinals
Grand Rapids 81, North Branch 51
Cloquet 68, Hermantown 51

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