Redwood-River Valley sends three on to 9th grade State
The Redwood-River Valley Badger wrestlers continued to push towards the postseason by splitting a home triangular Friday night in Redwood Falls.
The Badgers (6-11) pulled away late for a 48-27 win over New Ulm Area and fell 50-22 to Quad County.
In the victory over New Ulm Area, the Badgers picked up falls from Owen Bertram (106), Maverick Goblirsch (113), Eric Bommersbach (145), James Ploeger (160), Kaleb Haase (195) and Chad Maddock (Hwt.).
Tommy Amberg (170) and Logan Winge (182) both won by forfeit.
Omar Arredondo fell 5-3 in overtime at 126, Tayte Harazin lost a 5-3 decision at 132 and Jaxon Lang wrestled well at 120 before losing to a state-ranked wrestler in Cole Ranweiler.
In the loss to Quad County, the Badgers picked up falls from Lang (120) and Haase (195).
Arredondo earned a 6-1 decision at 126, Harazin won 4-2 at 132 and Bommersbach rolled to a 10-0 major at 145.
Tuesday night the Badgers hosted one of the Section 3AA favorites in Worthington at the Springfield gymnasium, falling 49-20 to the Trojans.
The Trojans (15-2) improved to 9-1 against Section 3AA foes – their only loss by one point to Wabasso/RRC – and sport quality wins over Quad County, Montevideo UNITED, Fairmont/MCW, Marshall/Lakeview and Pipestone Area.
In the loss to the Trojans, the Badgers picked up a technical fall from Harazin at 132, Ploeger won by fall at 160, Devin Johnson earned a 3-0 decision at 152, Bertram was an 8-2 winner at 106 and Eric Bommersbach had a nice 3-1 win at 145.
Goblirsch lost a tough 12-9 decision at 113.
The Badgers actually led 20-19 with five matches to go, but the Trojans finished with five straight falls.
The Cardinal ninth-grade-and-under unit, fresh off of a sixth-place team finish at state, competed Saturday at the Section individual tournament with three wrestlers moving on to State.
The Badgers – who easily racked up the most team points (181) in the 14-team event – got first place finishes from Haase at 189 and second place finishes from Andy Fischer at 152 and Mason Rummel at 160. All three will now move on to state competition.
The Badgers also had five wrestlers finish third including: Carter Brandt (88), Bertram (106), Goblirsch (113), Brayden Reynolds (138) and Adam Bommersbach (170).
Fourth place finishes went to Damico Arredondo (100), Matthew Zeug (126) and Austin Schumacher (Hwt.).
Kadin Johnson (132) finished sixth.