Red Bulls’ Paplow Alive in Class AA State Wrestling |  News, Sports, Work

Red Bulls’ Paplow Alive in Class AA State Wrestling | News, Sports, Work

CLOSEUP — Martin County Red Bulls’ 133-pounder Torey Paplow (left) goes up against Zumbrota-Mazeppa’s Jack Creer during the opening round of the Class AA individual state wrestling meet Friday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Paplow went on to lose a 6-3 decision to Krier, but came back to earn a fall in the consolation bracket Friday night to stay alive in today’s bouts. (Photo by Ari Selvey/New Ulm Journal)

ST. PAUL — Torey Paplow’s seemingly endless stamina paid dividends during the Class AA individual state consolation round at Xcel Energy Center Friday night.

The Martin County Red Bulls’ No. 6-ranked sophomore sensation at 133 pounds rallied for a second-period takedown and eventual forfeit in 2:16 over Totino-Grace junior Austin Herbst to win today’s 9 a.m. bout back in St. Paul.

Paplow (37-5) will face familiar No. 2 foe and No. 2 seed Vance Barz (41-7) of Sauk Rapids-Rice in a consolation quarterfinal. Paplow edged out Barz for the bronze medal during the River Riots holiday tournament earlier this season.

“He’s got an engine that just doesn’t stop,” Red Bulls head coach Adam Williamson said of the ever-ready Paplow. “Opponents can’t take it for granted that the game is over even if they are ahead of him due to the fact that he doesn’t seem to tire.”

Paplow actually trailed Herbst by a 2-1 margin during the 1-minute first consolation period before recording an escape and takedown to open the second segment with a 4-2 lead. Paplow let escape before taking Herbst down again for the pin.

Paplow made his state singles debut Friday morning, losing a tough 6-3 decision to No. 3 seed Jack Krier of Zumbrota-Mazeppa.

Red Bulls teammate Pierce Rohman also lost his first match of the Class AA state meet, dropping a 14-1 major decision to No. 1 121-pound Titan Friederichs (50-0) of Watertown Mayer/Mayer Lutheran.

Rohman (39-6), however, exited the postseason when Simley freshman Aiden Mincey used a late offensive surge to win 4-1.

After a scoreless first and second period in their consolation matchup, Rohman opened the third frame with an escape before Mincey scored a takedown as time expired. Mincey (25-13) got two near falls to stay alive in the fight.

In Class A state individual action Friday, Blue Earth Area senior Cooper Peterson jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period in his 139-pound preliminary bout before Pipestone Area opponent Hudson Burnett (32-5) to rally during the second frame to win the quarterfinals.

Burnett posted three takedowns during the second segment to cruise to an eventual 7-5 decision victory over Peterson (21-19).

Kimball Area’s Mark Schiefelbein (36-10) then recorded a fall in 2:26 over Peterson during the consolation round to end the Buc senior’s season.

Blue Earth Area senior Kade Gaydon and Jackson County Central’s Seth Stai went in opposite directions during Friday’s Class A 172-pound preliminaries at the Xcel Energy Center.

No. 2 and second-seeded Landon Lechnerz of Dover-Eyota posted a 16-1 technical fall over Gaydon in 3:58, while Stai doubled his lead — 6-3 — over Bertha-Hewitt Area’s Brody Nachbor in first-round action .

Stai had a 2-1 lead in the first period over Nachbor, clung to a 4-3 advantage after two frames and scored an escape and a delay point to earn a 6-3 victory to earn a spot in the state quarterfinals.

No. 1-ranked Maximus Henson (49-0) of Belgrade-Broughten-Elrosa then pinned Stay in 1:41 during their quarterfinal clash to send the Jackson County Central senior into the wrestlebacks. Chatfield’s Ben Carrier closed out Stay’s season by winning a 5-0 decision in the consolation opener.

Gaydon (28-13) took on Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg junior Aaron Jones during their 172-pound consolation match, with Jones edging the Bucs by a 5-4 decision.

Jackson County Central teammates Nolan Ambrose (145), Kyler Thier (107) and Kaiden Eller (114) earned berths in today’s Class A individual state championship semifinal matches at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Ambrose, seeking his fourth individual state championship in the Minnesota State High School League, needed just 1:06 to defeat Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial’s Talan Osborne in their 145-pound preliminary clash on Friday.

Ambrose, who broke his school records for single-season wins (55) and pins (40) on Day 1 of the state meet, pinned Belgrade-Broughten-Elrosa’s Tanner Wiseman in the quarterfinals in 1:06.

Ambrose, who wrestled for Augustana University, faces unranked Alexander Schuh (48-5) of Tracy-Milroy-Balaton/Westbrook-Walnut Grove in today’s 145-pound semifinal. Schuh, whose family has academic and athletic roots in Fairmont, won the penultimate encounter with a hard-fought 9-7 overtime decision over Holdingford’s William Pilarski.

No. 2 seed Gavin Johnson (39-2) of Kenyon-Wanamingo defeated Canby’s Sam Drietz with a 2-1 quarterfinal victory to earn a spot in the other Class A semifinal against No. 3 seed Bailey Peichel of Frazee.

Thier and Eller made it back-to-back wins of 107 and 114 respectively – to win the quarterfinals.

Thier needed just 1:09 to defeat Kimball Area’s Karson Schmidt in their opener, while Eller advanced to the next round by collecting a 5-2 decision over Browerville’s Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Hunter Katterhagen.

No. 6 seed Thier (38-8) then pinned Kenyon-Wanamingo’s Brian Jacobson in 5:53 in their quarterfinal. Thier will face No. 1 seed and top seed Gage Bjerga (48-1) in today’s semifinal.

Eller (45-8) will face No. 1-ranked and top-seeded Javier Berg of Chatfield in today’s 114-pound semifinal, while No. 2-ranked Miklo Hernandez (40-2) of Pipestone Area battles No. 6- ranked Ryan Lakan (34-14) of Kenyon-Wanamingo.

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