Farmington sophomore Anderson is runner-up at 113
Wade Sullivan closed his wrestling career with a fourth consecutive top-three finish at the state Class 3A tournament.
Sullivan, a Lakeville North senior, reached the state championship match for the third time in four years. Prior Lake junior Kenny O’Neil decisioned Sullivan 6-4 in the 160-pound final Saturday at Xcel Energy Center. The same two wrestlers also dueled for the Section 2 individual championship, with O’Neil winning 9-3.
It was the second consecutive state runner-up medal for Sullivan, who was second at 145 last year. He took third at 126 in 2015 and was state champion at 113 in 2014.
It’s also probably Sullivan’s last wrestling match. He was an All-State running back for the Lakeville North football team and has signed to play at Minnesota-Duluth.
Sullivan was 31-5 this season and 145-21 over the last four years.
He pinned Cyrus Scott of Rochester Mayo in the first period of his opening-round match at state. In the quarterfinals, Sullivan defeated Jack Lien of Moorhead by technical fall in the third period. An 8-1 victory over Calvin Germinaro-Nahring of Anoka sent Sullivan to the championship match.
The title match was scoreless after one period. O’Neil (41-2) started the second period on the bottom and quickly spun away and scored a reversal to take a 2-0 lead. O’Neil retained the lead the rest of the match.
Also competing for North at the state tourney was junior Bryce Benhart (26-7), who went 2-2 at 285 pounds.
Farmington had a wrestler in the Class 3A individual finals for the fifth consecutive year as sophomore Trayton Anderson battled for the title at 113 pounds.
Anderson, making his second consecutive appearance at state, won his first three matches before losing to Aaron Cashman of Shakopee 12-2 in the final. Cashman (39-1) was one of five Shakopee wrestlers to win individual championships. Anderson finished 30-7.
Anderson opened his tournament with a 14-1 major decision over Wil Yasseri of Rogers. He beat Apple Valley’s Adam Mickelson 5-2 in the quarterfinals and Jackson Penk of Sartell-St. Stephen 10-2 in the semifinals.
It’s also the second consecutive year Anderson has earned a medal at state. In 2016 he finished fourth at 106 and finished 36-10.
Also wrestling at state for the Tigers were freshman Luke Peterson (120) and senior Skyler Raymond (132). Peterson (22-7) drew eventual champion Patrick McKee of St. Michael-Albertville in the first round and was pinned in the second period. An 11-8 loss to Brady Gross of Apple Valley in the first round of wrestlebacks ended Peterson’s tournament.
Raymond (32-10) closed his career by pinning Nate Johnson of Hopkins in 1 minute, 38 seconds for fifth place at 132. That avenged a 10-9 loss to Johnson in the second round of the tourney, which knocked Raymond into the wrestlebacks.
Raymond edged Apple Valley’s Sebas Swiggum 5-4 in the first round. He pinned Mitchell Hogue of Wayzata in 30 seconds and decisioned Jet Mi Ka of St. Paul Harding 6-5 in wrestleback matches before losing to Adam McSorley of Hastings. Raymond still had a chance to end his season with a victory, and did so by winning his rematch with Johnson.
It’s the second time Raymond wrestled in the state tournament and his first medal.
Three Lakeville South wrestlers competed at state last week – senior Brady Bastyr (138), ninth-grader Willie Bastyr (145) and sophomore Grant Hendren (152).
Brady Bastyr (29-10), wrestling at state for the third consecutive year, won one of his three matches. The victory was 4-1 over Charlie DesMarais of Buffalo in the first round of wrestlebacks. He lost 1-0 to Collin Olevson of Chaska-Chanhassen in the next wrestleback round.
Willie Bastyr (21-7) wrestled one match, a 6-0 loss to Apple Valley’s Nate Larson. The same was true for Hendren (19-4), who lost 5-4 to Woodbury’s Gavin Bradley in the first round at 152, then was eliminated from wrestlebacks when Bradley lost in the quarterfinals.
Eagan sent four wrestlers to the Class 3A individual tournament, but none were able to win a medal.
Junior Kaden Gage (27-13) lost to Joey Nerdahl of Spring Lake Park-St. Anthony 8-6 in the first round at 126 pounds, then was eliminated from wrestlebacks when Nerdahl lost his next match. It was the second consecutive state tourney appearance for Gage, who qualified at 120 last season.
Senior Xavier Rosenbloom finished 30-6 following a 5-1 loss to Collin Olevson of Chaska-Chanhassen in the first round at 138. Marcus McGinley, a sophomore, lost two matches in the 145-pound tourney and finished 11-10.
Senior Roth Stricker (30-12) went 1-2 at 195, with the victory 11-1 over Xander Idrogo-Lam of Edina in the first round of wrestlebacks.