Five area teams entered the Excel Energy Center on Thursday morning with the goal of a state team title. Kimball, Foley, Pierz, Milaca, and Little Falls all qualified for the state team tournament and competed today.

Pierz started off the day with a loss to number one seed Jackson County Central and then lost a heartbreaker in the consolation semifinals, to fourth seeded Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial, on a tie-breaker. Both Little Falls and Milaca also fell in the first round, but both battled back to the 5th place match in their respective classes. Milaca beat Monticello to place 5th, but Little Falls fell short in their bid for hardware.

Class AA 3rd Place Match
Foley 32, Kasson-Mantorville 22

Foley opened up the day with a 47 to 10 victory over Windom Area/ Mountain Lake/ Butterfield-Odin. Tristan Manderfeld, Tyler Jenson, Chavez Goble, and Cameron Svihla all scored a fall in Foley’s blowout win. Unfortunately, Foley was out-dueled, in the second round, by 2nd seeded Scott West 31-21. This loss gave Foley an opportunity to avenge last year’s loss to Kasson-Mantorville, in the 3rd place match.

Tristan Manderfeld would get things going for Foley at 113; scoring a 21-3 technical fall over KM’s Ryan Erdmann. Things would go back and forth until the 152 pound match when senior Tyler Bemboom put Foley ahead for good. They would go on to win the duel, and avenge last year’s loss, by a sore of 32-22.

Class AA 3rd place match:

Foley     Kasson-Mantorville       Weight

0              3                                             106        Brady Berge (KM) 4-3 decision over Tyler Funk (F)
5              3                                              113         Tristan Manderfeld (F) 21-3 tech. fall over Ryan Erdmann (KM)
5              6                                              120         Nate Thomas (KM) 5-4 decision over Tyler Jenson (F)
8              6                                              126         Carter Nielson (F) 7-2 decision over Logan Adank (KM)
8              9                                              132         Branden Shorr (KM) 5-0 decision over Randy Jenson (F)
8              12                                           138         Coltan Langeniere (KM) 7-2 decision over John Garceau (F)
11           12                                           145         Chavez Goble (F) 7-3 decision over Andy Bigelow (KM)
14           12                                           152         Tyler Bemboom (F) 5-1 decision over Corben Hansen (KM)
20           12                                           160         Taylor Lewandowski (F) fall over Cody Morris (KM)
23           12                                           171         Nick Lefebvre (F) 11-4 decision over Darrin Allen (KM)
29           12                                           182         Tyler Midas (F) fall over Harrison Barnes (KM)
29           16                                           195         Broc Berge (KM) 18-6 major decision over Tony Kipka (F)
32           16                                           220         Sam Olson (F) 6-0 decision over Bryce Seljan (KM)
32           22                                           285         Sam Stoll (KM) fall over Cameron Svihla (KM)

Class A Championship Match
Jackson County Central 35, Kimball 28

Kimball kicked off the day in dominating fashion with a 49-9 win over Barnsville. In the championship semifinals they squeaked out a 2 point victory over 3rd seeded Minneota. Kimball got pins from Quinten Berres, Jordan Joseph, and Travis Schiefelbein in the victory. This win put Kimball in the Class A team championship against number one seeded Jackson County Central.

At 7pm Kimball and Jackson County Central squared off with the championship on the line. Mitchell McKee got Kimball off to a fast start after scoring a major decision over JCC’s Kyle Edin. Quinten Berres and Tanner Mills followed that with some great performances, and Kimball was out to an early 15-0 lead. Jackson Country Central was not phased though as they came back to win 4 of the next 5 matches and took a 22-18 lead. From there JCC didn’t look back. Despite making valid attempt to a comeback, Kimball fell short 28-35.

Class A Championship Match:

Kimball                 JCC         Weight

4                              0              106         Mitchell McKee (K) 13-3 major decision over Kyle Edin (JCC)
9                              0              113         Quinten Berres (K) 16-1 technical fall over Cameron Henning (JCC)
15                           0              120         Tanner Mills (K) fall over Wyatt Cleberg (JCC)
15                           6              126         Joran Biehn (JCC) fall over Brady Mehr (K)
18                           6              132         Marcus Hamer (K) 7-2 decision over Eliot Jurries (JCC)
18                           10           138         Keegan Moore (JCC) 13-5 major decision over Markus Mehr (K)
18                           16           145         Paden Moore (JCC) fall over Caramon Hansen (K)
18                           22           152         Luke Norland (JCC) fall over Quentin Bryce (K)
18                           25           160         Darick Vancura (JCC) 3-2 decision over Jordan Joseph (K)
18                           29           171         Cooper Moore (JCC) 14-5 major decision over Travis Schiefelbein (K)
21                           29           182         Travis Wills (K) 7-4 decision over Tanner Menke (JCC)
24                           29           195         Austin Schiefelbein (K) 4-2 decision over Patrick Hanson (JCC)
24                           35           220         Alex Tewes (JCC) fall over Tim Konz (K)
28                           35           285         Alex Thurber (K) 8-0 major decision over Kyle Edwards (JCC)

We would like to congratulate all the teams who participated in the state team tournament today. Individuals from multiple area schools will be in action Friday, starting at 9am and Saturday, starting at 10am, in St. Paul.