Seniors Caleb Hillesheim and Tony Vaske along with sophomore Jacob Anderson earned the right to participate in the Minnesota State High School Wrestling Tournament after each placed second at the Section 4A Tournament this past weekend in St. James.
Anderson who will be making his second appearance in the elite tournament, led by eight points before falling in the section championship match. He rebounded with a pin in the 119-pound true-second place battle. He takes a 29-7 record into the tournament.
Hillesheim pinned his way to the finals before dropping a 3-2 battle for the section championship at 189 pounds. He came back to solidify a spot in the state tournament by dominating the true-second match by a score of 5-0.
Hillesheim has a 28-7 mark on the season, including 20 pins.
Vaske, the state’s number one ranked wrestler at 140 pounds, lost his first match of the season to the number three ranked wrestler, 6-3, in the championship bout. He bounced back to win the true-second place match by a score of 13-6.
This will be Vaske’s fifth appearance at the state tournament. He placed fifth in 2006, fourth in 2007, third in 2008 and second last year. He hopes to improve on his previous showings as well as his 32-1 record.
Just missing the state meet was Mitch Johnson (135), Bill Krueger (160) and Colby Salonek (215), who each placed third at the Section 4A meet.
Others earning medals included Zach Streich (130) fourth, Tim Krueger (145) fifth, Caleb Hammerschmidt (125) sixth and Dylan Meine (285) sixth.
The state meet gets underway Wednesday night and will continue through Saturday.