AITKIN -- Cory Swenson of Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus and Tim Richards of Wadena-Deer Creek claimed championships and five other area wrestlers qualified for state following the Section 7, Class 2A wrestling tournament Saturday at Aitkin High School.
Swenson won the 135-pound title and Richards captured the heavyweight crown.
Section runners-up included Brian Wood (125) of Crosby-Ironton, Johnathon Arness (145) of Aitkin, Matt Hayes (160) of W-DC, Dustin Uselman (189) of W-DC and Matt Gastecki (215) of W-DC.
103 -- 1st: Derek Pesta (LPGE) dec. Brian Beilke (SC) 2-1; True 2nd: Beilke dec. Andrew Shavinsky (AIT) 7-1; 3rd: Shavinsky dec. Rory Self (SM) 5-2; 5th: Brendan McNamara (PLPRB) dec. Dwight Jenne (PER) 5-1
112 -- 1st: Phillip Moenkedick (PER) dec. Kip Anderson (PR) 9-2; True 2nd: Anderson dec. Joe Swartz (Minnewaska) 6-4 OT; 3rd: Swartz dec. Ian Carlstrom (WDC) 7-2; 5th: Jozy Olson (SC) dec. Shawn Dause (SM) 8-7
119 -- 1st: Joe Werner (PER) pinned Sam Goracke (Minnewaska) 1:07; 3rd: Kenny Steffens (WDC) dec. Jacob Nohl (Mor-Han) 7-6; 5th: Brad Hartigan (SC) maj. dec. Korey Tibbetts (AIT) 15-2
125 -- 1st: Sam Schad (LPGE) maj. dec. Brian Wood (CI) 12-1; 3rd: Tyler Doll (PER) dec. Beau Pilgrim (SM) 5-0; 5th: Ryan Hunke (WDC) dec. Jason Oestreich (AIT) 8-4
130 -- 1st: Travis Pesta (LPGE) dec. Zach Winter (SC) 4-1; 5th: Alex Nelson (Mor-Han) maj. dec. Matt Christenson (AIT) 13-0
135 -- 1st: Cory Swenson (PLPRB) dec. Trevor Larson (Minnewaska) 5-3; 3rd: B. J. Wasserzieher (AIT) pinned Michael Guehna (PER) 1:11
140 -- 1st: Greg Perrine (PER) dec. Colin Cihlar (Minnewaska) 6-3; True 2nd: Jake Johnson (PR) maj. dec. Cihlar 10-2; 3rd: Johnson maj. dec. Darren Folkestad (WDC) 10-0
145 -- Kurt Haakinson (SC) dec. Johnathon Arness (AIT) 5-0; 3rd: Cody Pahan (Minnewaska) pinned Patrick Dunn (WDC) 2:43; 5th: Mitch Johnson (PR) dec. Marcus Hernandez (PLPRB) 3-2
152 -- 1st: Kyle Koehntop (Mor-Han) maj. dec. Jake Uphus (SC) 15-2; 3rd: Jordan Arntson (PR) pinned Justin Richards (SM) 1:13; 5th: Mitch Ainali (LPGE) dec. Vance Peyton (WDC) 7-3
160 -- 1st: Taylor Jergenson (Minnewaska) dec. Matt Hayes (WDC) 4-2; 5th: Jordan Olsen (SM) dec. Charlie McCoy (PLPRB) 4-3
171 -- 1st: Jacob Bryce (Minnewaska) tech. fall Jace Kayfes (C-I) 2:24; True 2nd: Nick Ruegemer (SC) dec. Kayfes 14-6; 3rd: Ruegemer dec. Cale Sparks (AIT) 3-1
189 -- 1st: Ethan Vogt (SC) tech. fall Dustin Uselman (WDC) 4:42; 5th: Kyle Christopherson (PER) pinned Devon Lamke (AIT) 3:36
215 -- 1st: Nathan Stoen (Minnewaska) pinned Matt Gastecki (WDC) 3:16; 3rd: Cory Detloff (SM) pinned Mason Bakken (PR) 3:04; 5th: Phillip Just (AIT) pinned Josh Pesta (LPGE) 2:55
275 -- 1st: Tim Richards (WDC) pinned Tyler Sazama (PER) 5:05; 5th: Matt Groetsch (SC) pinned Mark Tollefson (SM) 2:53
Next meet -- Class 2A state tournament Thursday-Saturday, Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul.
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