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State wrestling: Maas, Johnson post 2 wins at state to gain semifinals; Staples advances to Class A semifinals

Brian Maas controls Adam Kunz of Rocori during their 112-pound Class 3-A preliminary match Friday at the state tournament. Maas went on to pin Kunz in the second period. Michael Vosburg | Forum News Service 1 / 3
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BCLB coaches Seth Meyers and Jay Reiplinger watch their athletes perform during Friday's action at the state Class A wrestling meet. Submitted Photo3 / 3

ST. PAUL — Brian Maas and Kade Johnson began their quests for state wrestling championships on positive notes Friday as both Bemidji athletes posted pin victories in the first two rounds and advanced to the semifinals of the Class 3A tournament.

Maas (41-0) opened his state tournament experience with a second-period pin of Adam Kunz of Elk River in the 113-pound division. After taking a 2-0 lead with a takedown to start the match, the junior upped his lead to 5-0 in the second stanza before pinning Kunz 3:09 into the action.

In the second round Maas, the top-rated 113-pound wrestler in Minnesota, and Garrett Caldon of Elk River battled into the third period but Maas won midway through that stanza when he put Caldon on his back and posted a pin at 4:57.

In the first round Caldon upset Tanner Cole of Owatonna 4-3. Cole was ranked second behind Maas in the state ratings but, because Maas defeated Caldon, Cole (39-2) had a very brief tournament as he did not qualify for the wrestlebacks.

In Saturday’s semifinal Maas will face Wade Sullivan of Lakeville North. Sullivan will bring a 34-5 record into the bout.

Johnson, who is rated third in the 182-pound division, had no trouble in his state opener as he pinned Jimmy Kaiser of Mounds View in 3:13. The victory was Johnson’s 41st without a loss and he extended his single-season school pin record to 38.

Johnson opened a 7-3 lead after one stanza and pushed the cushion to 11-4 before he ended the bout with his pin.

In Friday’s quarterfinals Johnson took care of Janse Anderson of White Bear Lake with a pin late in the second period. Johnson led Anderson 2-1 when the towel boy worked his way into position to signal the official that the end of the period was near but before he could bump the referee Johnson worked a quick takedown, put Anderson onto his back and collected the pin.

The BHS senior will now focus on Bobby Steveson of Apple Valley (36-1) who will be his opponent in Saturday’s semifinal round.

Staples gains semifinals

Also winning his opener was Blackduck-Cass Lake-Bena’s Daven Staples who blitzed Nick Bennett of Bertha-Hewitt 10-3 in the 170-pound division.

In the quarterfinals Staples (34-2) won again, this time with an 8-4 decision over Dylan Huttunen of United North Central (32-8).

Staples’ next challenge will be provided by Ryan Stottler (32-1) in Saturday’s semifinals.

The Bears had four wrestlers fall in the opening round. At 106 pounds Andrew Nissen (33-6) was tripped 4-3 by Willie Meine of Fertile Beltrami. Lucas Reiplinger (25-12) dropped his first 113-pound match 13-1 to Jared Goldsmith of Chatfield while teammate Kyle Michalek (28-15) lost 10-3 in his 132-pound opener to Jared Willaby of Windom.

Also losing in the opening round was Tanner Templin (31-7) at 195 pounds. Templin fell 7-2 to Hunter Fick of West Central.

All but Nissen made it to the wrestlebacks and continued their state meet experience in the consolation rounds.

Reiplinger dropped his only wrestleback 4-2 and finished 0-2 at the state meet. Michalek also lost in the wrestlebacks but Templin edged Derek Ludwig of Paynesville 3-2 and will wrestle Jake Denn of Madelia in today’s consolation action.

In Class 2A action Alexi Bode of Fosston-Bagley won his opener as he nipped Dylan Johnson of Quad County 6-5 in the 145-pound division. That victory advanced Bode to the Class 2A quarterfinals against Ryan Kottschade of Plainview-Elgin-Millville but Bode (37-6) fell 9-6 and dropped into the wrestlebacks.

Bode remains alive, however, as he won his first wrestleback and will face Cody Ferris of Becker today.

State Wrestling Meet

Opening Round Results

Class 3A

Bemidji’s Results

113 - Brian Maas (Bem) pin Adam Kinz (Rocori) 3:09. Quarterfinals: Maas pin Garrett Caldon (Elk River) 4:57. Saturday’s semifinals: Maas vs. Wade Sullivan (Lakeville North)

182 - Kade Johnson (Bem) pin Jimmy Kaiser (Mounds View) 3:13. Quarterfinals: Johnson pin Janse Anderson (White Bear Lake) 3:50. Saturday’s semifinals: Johnson vs. Bobby Steveson (Apple Valley)

Class 2A

Fosston-Bagley Result

145 - Alexi Bode (Fosston-Bagley) dec. Dylan Johnson (Quad County) 6-5. Quarterfinals: Ryan Kottschade (Plainview) dec. Bode 9-6; Wrestlebacks: Bode dec. Pierce Rothenbacher ((Totino Grace) 4-1

Class A

BCLB’s Results

106 - Willie Meine (Fertile-Belt) dec. Andrew Nissen (BCLB) 4-3

113 - Jared Goldsmith (Chatfield) dec. Lucas Reiplinger (BCLB) 13-1; Wrestlebacks: Levi Larkin (West Central) dec. Reiplinger 4-2

132 - Jared Willaby (Windom) dec. Kyle Michalek (BCLB) 10-3; Wrestlebacks: Levi Marsh (Lake Crystal) dec. Michalek 6-4

170 - Daven Staples (BCLB) dec. Nick Bennett (Bertha) 10-3. Quarterfinals; Staples dec. Dylan Huttunen (UNC) 8-4. Saturday’s semifinals: Staples vs. Ryan Stottler (Minnewaska)

195 - Hunter Fick (West Central) dec. Tanner Templin (BCLB) 7-2; Wrestlebacks: Templin dec. Derek Ludwig (Paynesville) 3-2

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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