No Elk River wrestlers got past the semifinals in the first two rounds of the power-packed Section 7AAA tournament hosted by ERHS on Friday evening.
Cole Moening at 106, Evan Caldon at 126, Mitch Beaudry at 182 and Kyle Wiemann at 285 all still have a chance for second place after winning once and losing in the semifinals.
Wiemann almost upset top-ranked Tanner Lowe of Coon Rapids. Lowe prevailed 3-2 after four overtime periods, all the points on escapes as neither could manage a takedown. Had Wiemann rode Lowe out in the final 30-second period he would have won, but Lowe stood up for an escape.
Caldon lost 3-2 to Forest Lake’s No. 5 ranked Michael Pieski after an apparent match-winning takedown in the final seconds was disallowed as the official ruled both wrestlers were out-of-bounds.
Beaudry ran into last year’s state runner-up, No. 2 ranked Clayton Jennissen, and lost 5-0. Moening was stopped by St. Michael-Albertville’s Aaron Dick 8-2.
Section 7AAA includes No. 3 ranked STMA, No. 4 Cambridge-Isanti, No. 7 Coon Rapids, and No. 8 Forest Lake.
Four other Elks are also still alive in wrestlebacks.
Wrestling will resume Saturday at 11 a.m., with finals at 2 p.m. Any true-second matches will follow that session.
The top two individuals in each weight advance to the state tournament.
How Elks fared
106 – Cole Moening pinned Tommy Guy, Cambridge-Isanti, 5:15; lost to Aaron Dick, STMA 8-2; in wrestlebacks
113 – no entrant
120 — Andrew Perry, bye; pinned by Cole Sladen, STMA, 1:22; in wrestlebacks
126 – Evan Caldon pinned Kenny Tye, St. Francis, 1:46; lost to Michael Pieski, Forest Lake, 3-2; in wrestlebacks
132 – no entrant
138 – Trevor Brink lost to Robbie Phillips, Cambridge-Isanti, 8-2; in wrestlebacks
145 – Ryan Osberg pinned Elijah Dalley, Coon Rapids, 3:12; pinned by Ty Torgerson, Cambridge-Isanti, 1:22; lost to Alex Eastman, St. Francis, 9-0
152 – Aaron Hannan pinned by Cody Skog, Cambridge-Isanti, 1:26; lost to Owen Gammell, STMA, 11-5
160 – Kevin Weeks pinned by Ryder Paggen, Forest Lake, :45; pinned by Tyler Berdahl, Coon Rapids, :50
170 – Justin Gagnon pinned Cole Bakke, Cambridge-Isanti, 3:44; lost to Michael Upton, Forest Lake, 6-4, overtime; in wrestlebacks
182 – Mitch Beaudry dec Riley Lawson, Coon Rapids, 9-0; lost to Clayton Jennissen, Cambridge-Isanti, 5-0; in wrestlebacks
195 – Jacob Brown lost to Mitchell Eull, STMA, 15-3; lost to Conan Sandberg, St. Francis, 14-4
220 – Zach Brown pinned by Nick Edling, STMA, 1:35; in wrestlebacks
285 – Kyle Weimann pinned Dan Davit, Anoka, 5:36; lost to Tanner Lowe Coon Rapids, 3-2, overtime; in wrestlebacks