ST. PAUL -- Brian Wood of Crosby-Ironton and Cory Swenson of Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus were the only area Class 2A wrestlers to win a match in the individual state tournament Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center.
Wood (125 pounds) won his opening match 13-6 over Michal Barrie of Adrian before getting nipped 10-9 by LaCrescent's Aaron Schaitel.
Swenson (135) decisioned David Carruth of Lac qui Parle Valley 9-6 in his opener before being pinned by Rockford's Cory Feehan at 4:55.
Wood (35-4) and Swenson (37-4) competed in the wrestlebacks Friday.
Wadena-Deer Creek's Matt Hayes (160), Dustin Uselman (189) and Matt Gastecki 215) lost their first matches but qualified for the wrestlebacks when their opponents advanced to the semifinals.
Aitkin's Johnathan Arness (145) and W-DC's Tim Richards (275) were eliminated. Arness (20-17) lost his only match. Richards (31-9) forfeited.
Class 2A individual tournament
125 -- Brian Wood (C-I) dec. Michal Barrie (Adrian) 13-6, Aaron Schaitel (LaCrescent) dec. Wood 10-9, Wrestlebacks-Wood vs. Graham Norsted (Minnehaha Academy)
135 -- Cory Swenson (PLPRB) dec. David Carruth (Lac qui Parle Valley) 9-6, Cory Feehan (Rockford) pinned Swenson 4:55, Wrestlebacks-Swenson vs. Eric Seppelt (Foley)
145 -- Scott Schlangen (Albany) maj. dec. Johnathon Arness (Aitkin) 15-3, Arness eliminated
160 -- Kaleb Young (Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena) dec. Matt Hayes (WDC) 4-2, Wrestlebacks-Hayes vs. Ryan Mergen (Monticello)
189 -- John Grygelko (StMA) dec. Dustin Uselman (WDC) 6-2, Wrestlebacks-Uselman vs. Dan Hoernemann (Waconia)
215 -- Brent Eidenschink (DL) maj. dec. Matt Gastecki (WDC) 10-2, Wrestlebacks-Gastecki vs. Scott Kaminski (Waseca)
275 -- Josh Winselman (Adrian) by fft over Tim Richards (WDC), Richards eliminated
Next meet -- Class 2A individual wrestlebacks, semifinals Friday, Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul.
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