MINNEAPOLIS -- Two different versions of Preston Hines showed up at the Target Center Saturday.
One lost his 103-pound consolation semifinal in the morning to Neil Wasmund of Apple Valley 11-8 and the other dominated Drew Johnson of Owatonna in the fifth-place match 16-5.
"I thought it was fun and I did a lot better than I thought I would," the Brainerd Warriors sophomore said of his first Class AAA state tournament experience. "I didn't think I'd come close to placing."
In the evening match, Hines (32-2) didn't give Johnson a chance as he took him down six times and piled up 16 points en route to his win. He scored six points in both the second and third periods.
"I wanted to win; I was determined," Hines said. "He was pretty big and I knew I could take him down."
Hines repeatedly let Johnson get to his feet. At 1:25 of the third period, Hines slammed Johnson to the mat and held him there for one minute but couldn't finish him off with a pin. He settled for a three-point near fall.
"He was pretty determined in this match," Brainerd coach Bob Brakke said. "He was disappointed in himself this morning. He really wanted to go for third place. Wasmund was bigger and Preston has had trouble with bigger, lanky kids."
Hines lost to Wasmund, of the team state-champion Eagles, 11-8 at 10 a.m. in the morning.
"I wasn't warmed up enough," Hines said. "I had some dumb mistakes that match."
Hines finished the season as the only Warriors place winner (top six reach the podium; heavyweight Trevor McCulloch and 125-pounder Andy Pickar both were eliminated after their first match) and he also finished with the most wins (32) on the team. McCulloch was second with 30.
"Preston likes to go," Brakke said. "He really goes after it. His matches are never boring."
Class AAA fifth place
103 -- Preston Hines (Brainerd) def. Drew Johnson (Owatonna) 16-5
Class AAA consolation semifinals
103 -- Neil Wasmund (Apple Valley) def. Hines 11-8
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