Wrestling: Staples finishes fifth, Bode sixth at state meet
ST. PAUL — Daven Staples of Blackduck-Cass Lake-Bena completed a tremendous season with a fifth-place finish at the Class A state wrestling tournament.
The BCLB senior ended his winter with a 35-4 record. His final win came in Saturday’s 170-pound fifth-place match when he pinned Sam Swanson of Trinity in 5:50.
After winning twice on Friday and advancing to the championship semifinals, Staples saw his dream of a state tournament title dashed when he dropped a 6-2 decision to Ryan Stottler of Minnewaska.
In the consolation semifinals Staples fell 8-5 to Jesse Slater of Adrian but he bounced back to pin Swanson.
Teammate Tanner Templin posted a 1-2 state record at 195 pounds. After splitting two matches on Friday Templin faced Jake Denn of Madelia in the wrestlebacks and Denn outgunned Templin 9-8.
Templin finished his season with a 32-8 record.
Alexi Bode of Fosston-Bagley captured sixth place in the 145 division of Class 2A. On Saturday Bode nipped Cody Ferris of Becker 3-2 in the wrestlebacks but then lost 8-4 to Mason Swegarden of UCB. In the battle for fifth place, Bode lost 7-1 to Aaron Sweeney of Watertown-Mayer.
Bode ended his season with a 39-8 record.
State Wrestling Meet
BCLB’s Saturday Results
170: Ryan Stottler (Minnewaska) dec. Daven Staples (BCLB) 6-2. Consolation: Jesse Slater (Adrian) dec. Staples 8-5. Fifth place: Staples pin Sam Swanson (Trinity) 5:50
195: Wrestlebacks: Jake Denn (Madelia) dec. Tanner Templin (BCLB) 9-8
Fosston-Bagley’s Saturday Results
145: Consolation: Alexi Bode (F-B) dec. Cody Ferris (Becker) 3-2; Mason Swegarden (UCB) dec. Bode 8-4; Fifth place: Aaron Sweeney (Watertown) dec. Bode 7-1