Haase earns title at 220, Maddock second at Heavyweight to earn State berths
It was a nice weekend for the Redwood-River Valley wrestlers as they advanced two individuals on to the State Tournament beginning Friday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
The talented sophomore tandem of Kaleb Haase and Chad Maddock have both advanced following Section 3AA Tournament action held in Dawson and will look to continue their success at State.
Haase (37-7) went into the Section Meet as the number one seed at 220 pounds and would cruise to the title. After earning a bye in the quarterfinals, he won by fall in the third period over Zack Felcyn of Marshall in the semifinals and needed just :48 seconds to dispose of number two seed Gage Weveley of MAHACA in the championship. Haase will open up State against Blaine Bauman (22-15) of Orono in the preliminaries and with a win could meet third-ranked Sam Wamre of United Clay Becker in the quarterfinals. Daniel Kerkvliet (45-1) of Simley is the favorite but is in the other half of the bracket.
Sophomore Chad Maddock (31-10) entered the Section Meet as the number two seed and would go on to finish second. After a bye in the quarterfinals, he earned a 6-2 decision over Jacob Neuberger of Worthington to reach the championship where he would fall to top seed Sam Henriksen of Monte UNITED by fall in the second period. Maddock has a tough draw in his opening match at state, facing number one ranked Zach Jakes (37-0) of Mankato West.
Junior Tayte Harazin (41-8) recorded his 100th career victory but fell just short of a state berth, placing third at 145 pounds. Harazin won by first period fall in the quarterfinals but fell 2-1 to Miles Fitzgerald of Fairmont-MCW in the semifinals and despite winning two more matches to place third would not get a shot at a true-second.
Senior Eric Bommersbach (21-21) capped off a nice career with a third place finish at 160. He earned a spot in the semifinals with a pin but would fall to eventual champion Peyton Mortensen of Monte UNITED. He would record two straight falls to take third and was awarded a true-second match against two-seed Zach Stahl of Marshall but lost by fall.
Sophomore Adam Bommersbach (20-17) earned a spot in the semifinals with a fall but would lost to number one seed and eventual champ Mason Byrne of Worthington in the semifinals. He answered with two straight pins to take third place and earned a true-second against Jaiden Bahr of Marshall but would lose by pin.
At 152, senior Devin Johnson (32-13) also came close to earn a trip to state, finishing third. After losing his quarterfinal match, he answered back with three straight wins, including a fall in the third place match to earn a true-second. There, he fell 7-4 to second seed Nathan Simmonds of Fairmont-MCW.
Sophomore Mason Rummel (16-8) was third at 170 pounds, earning a spot in the semifinals where he lost a tough 7-5 decision to second seed Tristan Lange of Fairmont-MCW. Owen Bertram (29-14) finished fourth at 113, Maverick Goblirsch (16-21) was fourth at 120, losing 3-2 in the third place match and Andy Fischer (11-21) was fifth at 182.