Thursday was not a day to be a Brainerd Warrior wrestler.
Andrew Wachsmuth was pinned by the fourth-ranked Danny Zilverberg of Wayzata in the 145-pound bracket of the state Class 3A individual quarterfinals at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Brainerd's Andrew Wachsmuth (left) maneuvered against Wayzata's Danny Zilverberg in Thursday's 145-pound quarterfinal match in the Class 3A individual tournament at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Wachsmuth lost the match.
The loss dropped Wachsmuth (10-5) into the wrestlebacks where he fell to Dawson Lovestrand of Bloomington-Jefferson/Bloomington Kennedy by an 8-4 decision.
"In the first match, he wrestled a real tough kid," said Warrior co-head coach Jim Kath. "Andrew had a banged up elbow, but we went out there and wrestled a very tough kid and he caught Andrew on his back.
"The wrestlebacks he ran into a decent kid from Bloomington. Andrew wrestled pretty well. It was back and forth, but we got down a couple of points. He wrestled well and wrestled a good tournament, he just couldn't quite get the win today."
Highlight: Wachsmuth lost both matches
Wachsmuth finishes his senior season with a 10-6 record.
At least he wrestled Thursday.
The four Warriors who lost in the tournament's opening round Wednesday suffered another defeat Thursday when the athletes they lost to fell in the quarterfinals eliminating them from the tournament.
Chad Ohman finished his junior season with a 33-10 record. Sophomore Mack Glasby finished with a 24-13 record and eighth grader Luke Boran finished at 29-13
Brandon Mutz concluded his Warrior career with a 35-3 senior record.
"That's the tough part about state wrestling," said Kath. "You lose that first match and you do not control your own destiny. We didn't get any breaks either.
"The guy who Mutz lost to ended up losing in double overtime so Brandon didn't carry over. It's one of those deals, where you hope you wrestle well in that first match, but it just didn't work for us."
Area Class 3A individuals
145: Danny Zilverberg (Wayzata) pinned Andrew Wachsmuth 1:05
Dawson Lovestrand (Bloomington Jefferson/Bloomington Kennedy) dec. Wachsmuth 8-4
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