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.