MINNEAPOLIS -- There is no way Pat Kramer could have won his semifinal match at 135 pounds by a smaller margin.
But the bottom line is Kramer did win and the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines junior earned the right to wrestle for the Class AA state championship Saturday.
Kramer wrestled to a 1-1 tie with Mark Harwood of Jackson County Central on Friday and earned the victory in double-overtime when Harwood was unable to escape his grasp in the allotted 30 seconds.
"I usually score a little higher, but in the end I had more energy than he did," Kramer said. "You could see him dragging."
At the end of the first overtime, Harwood chose the down position and needed to record an escape, but if Kramer rode him out then Kramer would earn the victory.
Kramer and Wadena-Deer Creek coach Dennis Kaatz agreed with Harwood's decision to take the down position.
"He really wanted to stall and get into double-overtime," Kramer said. "He figured he only had enough to get a quick burst."
Kramer was second in the Section 7AA tournament and faced Aaron Erickson of Minnewaska, who beat him in the section tournament, in the final Saturday.
"He did a fine job," Kaatz said of Kramer. "He has just been riding and controlling people real well."
Kramer was the only area Class AA participant to advance to a title match. Leland Brincefield, Peter Hayes and Luke Trout of Wadena-Deer Creek and J.R. Ferrier of Crosby-Ironton all fell in their semifinal matches.
Ferrier was tied with his opponent, Dusty Wilking of Jackson County Central, 5-5 until Wilking caught Ferrier with a reversal in the third period. Wilking (36-4) faced Johnny Barthel of St. Michael-Albertville in the final.
"(J.R.) was working him over pretty good but just couldn't turn him," said C-I coach Dave Peterson. "Wilking is a tough wrestler. He does well on his feet and is stronger than he looks."
But the quicker Ferrier said he wanted Wilking on his feet, but the match was fought mainly on the mat.
"He kept me down; he's pretty strong," said Ferrier, who is a senior and battled for third place Saturday. "I thought we'd be up on our feet, but we weren't. Whatever came I tried to take it."
Hayes was beaten by Kelly Pederson of Big Lake, the defending state champion, 8-3 at 125 pounds. Hayes fell behind 4-0 quickly in the first period and never recovered.
Trout was beaten by Nate Baker of Jackson County Central 7-5. Baker is now 38-0.
Brincefield allowed Chad Posterick of Foley to come from behind and take their match at 112 pounds, 14-10.
"Leland lost focus and at the end, he wasn't in sync," Kaatz said.
Brincefield was up 7-3 after the second period, but allowed Posterick to take him down at the 1:20 mark of the third. Leland then escaped but Posterick then went after him and took him down again. Posterick finished Brincefield off with a headlock takedown with 12 seconds left.
"That was a case where if it was another sport, you would have called time out because you knew what was going to happen," Kaatz said.
Class AA area semifinals
112 -- Chad Posterick (Foley) def. Leland Brincefield (Wadena-Deer Creek) 14-10
125 -- Kelly Pederson (Big Lake) def. Peter Hayes (W-DC) 8-3
135 -- Pat Kramer (W-DC) def. Mark Harwood (Jackson County Central) 1-1 (2 OT)
152 -- Dusty Wilking (JCC) def. J.R. Ferrier (Crosby-Ironton) 11-7
160 -- Nate Baker (JCC) def. Luke Trout (W-DC) 7-5
Class AA wrestlebacks
112 -- Chris Tibbetts (Aitkin) won by forfeit; Tibbetts def. Mike Folie (Waseca) 6-3
125 -- Jeff Ollestad (Mora) def. Tyler Bendson (Staples-Motley) 14-7
130 -- Ben Keen (Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus) pinned Chris Mergen (Albany) :46; Keen won by disqualification over Justin Roberts (Scott West)
145 -- Tony Johnson (S-M) def. Brent Folkema (Mora) 8-1; Johnson pinned Ben Caven-Johnson (JCC) 3:50
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