ST. PAUL -- Perfect.
That's what Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverine Peter Hayes is after capturing the Class 2A state championship at Xcel Energy Center Saturday night.
Hayes won the title at 140 by methodically taking down Devin Blom of Litchfield to pick up an impressive 13-3 win in the state final. The win also capped a perfect season as the W-DC senior finished his final campaign with a spotless 40-0 record.
"It's a great ending," Hayes said. "It's the best way it could ever end, undefeated and a state champion. It's everything I've ever wanted in wrestling. I've accomplished all of my goals for high school."
Hayes cruised to a quick 4-2 lead in the first period thanks to a pair of takedowns. He then rattled off five more points in the second before scoring another pair of takedowns in the third for the win.
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(Blom's) upper body," W-DC coach Dennis Kaatz said. "Right off the bat he gave us a shot at a good headlock, so we wanted to stay away from that.
"Pete dominated most of his opponents all year. He had one match in the quarterfinals that was 2-1 and that's about the closest thing he's had."
It's the first time since 1997 a W-DC wrestler has ended the season with an undefeated record and a state title. Matt Strawser did it that year as a junior at 112 pounds.
"It was always my goal," Hayes said of the title. "This year, more than anything, I felt I deserved to be right on top and I'm there."
Hayes had good company in teammate Kyle Trout, who also entered the final day undefeated (41-0) and looking for a state title.
Trout fell just short in his bid to match Hayes' performance, dropping a 6-4 decision in the 152 final to Nathan Matousek of Glencoe-Silver Lake.
Trout fell behind 4-1 in the first period, but it wasn't the first time this season he has fallen behind and made a comeback. The Wolverine senior seemed to take control in the final two periods, but Matousek managed to hold off a furious comeback.
"(Matousek) is very powerful," Kaatz said. "That first period, (Trout) kind of got outmuscled. After that, we controlled him pretty well, wore him down. We thought maybe we could get a quick tilt for a couple of points early in the third period because we could feel he was getting weaker. That didn't happen, so we had to let him go and try to take him down twice. That's always hard to do against a good wrestler. We got one but never quite got the second one."
Hayes and Trout have both etched their names in the W-DC record book. The pair has combined for 340 wins during their careers (Hayes sports 190, Trout 150).
"Both Pete and Kyle have been around a long time for us," Kaatz said. "They've been a very important part of our program for many years. We're going to miss those two a lot."
Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew 112-pounder Shane Walton fell short in his bid for a state title. Walton dropped an 8-2 decision to Tyler Safratowich, the defending 103-pound champion from Park Rapids. Safratowich used two firemen's carries, a reversal and two back points for the difference.
Walton was familiar with his opponent, having wrestled him twice during the season. PL/PR-B coach Jim Whitcomb said he was pleased with Walton's finish.
"I'm very satisfied with his wrestling," Whitcomb said. "He's a hard-working kid and he's got a good attitude, too. We knew it wasn't going to be an easy match.
"I wish that I could have him back one more year."
At 189, Staples-Motley junior Adam Johnson made it through the wrestlebacks to finish third. PL/PR-B senior Phil Shequen also finished third.
Class 2A Individual results Saturday
112-Championship: Tyler Safratowich (Park Rapids) dec. Shane Walton (PLPRB) 5-2, Walton finishes 36-9
140 -- Championship: Peter Hayes (WDC) dec. Devin Blom (Litchfield) 13-3, Hayes finishes 44-0
152 -- Championship: Nathan Matousek (Glencoe-Silver Lake) dec. Kyle Trout (WDC) 6-4, Trout finishes 44-2
189 -- Consolation semifinals: Adam Johnson (SM) dec. Adam Haller (Scott West) 14-1, Third place: Johnson pinned Tom Nesseth (Zumbrota-Mazeppa) 1:49, Johnson finishes 33-5
275 -- Consolation semifinals: Phil Shequen (PLPRB) pinned Brad Nowak (Glencoe-Silver Lake) 4:42, Third place-Shequen dec. Nick Philippi (Dassel-Cokato) 2-1, Shequen finishes 38-5
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