MINNEAPOLIS --The Class 3A state wrestling tournament started well enough for Preston Hines and his Brainerd Warrior teammates, Andy Pickar and Trevor McCulloch.
Hines, wrestling at 103 pounds, was in the first set of matches Thursday morning and recorded a takedown in the first period in his match against Quincy Osborn of Grand Rapids
After that, though, Hines' match and the rest of the day didn't quite go as planned for the Brainerd threesome. All three lost their first-round matches and only Hines will compete in the wrestlebacks Friday at Target Center.
"You could tell Quincy was on and wrestling well," said Warriors coach Bob Brakke, whose sophomore 103-pounder lost 12-2 to Osborn. "He had more strength than Preston. Preston got a takedown early, but it just snowballed from there. Quincy pretty much dominated him after the first period.
"You have to take into account Preston had never been down here before. He was in the first match at 8 a.m. The jitters were there."
Hines (29-2) has been beaten by Osborn, the third-ranked 103-pounder, twice this year. Hines, who is ranked No. 4, wrestled Gary Babineau of Totino-Grace at 8:30 a.m. today in his pursuit of a third-place medal.
"I started out good and took him down," Hines said. "But he's so much stronger than me. I knew if I won that match I would have wrestled in the finals. And it got to me."
Hines, who placed first in the Section 8, Class 3A meet, said he felt Osborn and Virginia senior Jesreal Keith would be his stiffest competition. Osborn and Keith (37-0) both wrestle in Section 7AA so Hines was stuck with a tough draw as the winner of one section faces the runner-up of another.
McCulloch and Pickar were unable to reach the wrestlebacks because their first-round opponents were beaten in the quarterfinals. Pickar lost 7-6 to Ryan Molden of Osseo and McCulloch got beat by Travis Moncrief of Roseville 7-2.
"Andy's match was disappointing because Andy's a better wrestler," Brakke said. "We should have had that one. But at the same time it didn't happen for him. The match was really back and forth."
McCulloch, the No. 4 rated heavyweight in the state, was unable to handle the taller Moncrief. Brakke said his junior likes to work his opponent's head and was unable to obtain the leverage he needed.
"(Moncrief) was tough to wrestle and he took Trevor out of his style," Brakke said. "Trevor was down 5-0 after a reversal in the second period and he tried to catch up, but it didn't happen. In heavyweight matches, you have to keep it close."
Pickar finished the year at 24-8 and McCulloch completes his season at 30-5.
Class 3A area results
103 -- Quincy Osborn (Grand Rapids) def. Preston Hines (Brainerd) 12-2
119 -- Matt Boser (Little Falls) pinned Clark Chan 3:35; Steve Kosak (Anoka) def. Boser 10-3
125 -- Ryan Molden (Osseo) def. Andy Pickar (B) 7-6
Hwt. -- Travis Moncrief (Roseville) def. Trevor McCulloch (B) 7-2
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