Wrestling: Elks’ Caldon reaches semifinals at state; 3 area wrestlers ousted
Elk River’s lone state wrestling qualifier, Evan Caldon, has won his first two matches at the Xcel Center and will duel in the semifinals on Saturday, assured of a top-six place and a medal.
In the Class AAA 126-pound division, Caldon (37-6) eked out a 3-2 win over junior Lucas Hansen (31-8) of Albert Lea, then pinned Hopkins senior Henry Wolfbauer (29-10) in the second period at 3:34.
Caldon, who was a section runner-up, will face sophomore Shamar Williams (18-2) of state champion Apple Valley in the semifinals, with St. Cloud Apollo’s Mitch Bengston (42-0) going against Rosemount’s Steve Levine (40-4) in the other semifinal.
The individual semifinal round for all classes begins 11:15 a.m. Saturday, with third- and fifth-place competition starting 5 p.m. and the championship round 7:30 p.m.
Rogers junior Phillip Anderson, also in the 126-pound bracket, lost to Wolfbauer 15-5 and didn’t get a wrestleback because Wolfbauer lost to Caldon. Anderson, a section runner-up, finished 35-7.
Rogers senior Clay LeVasseur, who entered state an unbeaten section champion, opened with a pin of Willmar’s Martin Cabrera (13-4) in 3:02, then lost twice and finished 22-2. Roseville Area junior Trae Story (40-1) beat LeVasseur 14-5, and Rochester Mayo junior Justin Carr (29-12) pinned him in 4:40.
Roger had two state qualifiers for the first time.
Esteban Teigen, Spectrum eighth-grader, lost his first-round match 6-4 to Kyle Schoenecker of Chisago Lakes in the Class AA 106-pound division, and did not get a wrestleback because Schoenecker lost in the next round.
Teigen, his school’s first state qualifier, finished 26-12.