Wrestling: Spectrum’s Killeen, Teigen, Nolden earn state trips

Ryan Killeen of Spectrum gets the single-leg takedown on xxxx. (Photo by Mark Nolden)

Ryan Killeen of Spectrum gets the single-leg takedown on LCWM’s Louie Sanders in the finals.  (Photo by Mark Nolden)

 

Three Spectrum sophomores — Ryan Killeen, Esteban Teigen and Luke Nolden — qualified for the state tournament at Section 4A on Saturday at LeSueur-Henderson.

Killeen (30-3) rolled to the 120-pound title with two pins and a 9-1 win in the finals over Lake Crystal-Wellcome-Memorial’s No. 7 ranked Brandon Laborde (35-6). Killeen is Spectrum’s first section champion.

Teigen and Nolden, both runners-up, each qualified for state for the second time. Each lost to a defending state champion in the finals.

Headed for state are (from left) Luke Nolden, Ryan Killeen and Esteban Teigen.

Headed for state are (from left) Luke Nolden, Ryan Killeen and Esteban Teigen. (Photo by Mark Nolden.)

 

Teigen (32-2) had two pins before getting pinned in the 113-pound finals by LeSueur-Henderson’s Austin Anderly (30-3).

Nolden (29-7) had a pin and 12-5 decision at 126 before getting pinned by LCWM’s Louie Sanders (34-2) in the finals in 5:43.

Two other Sting sophomores placed third — Noah Rogers (18-21) at 152 pounds and Shane Herrlin (20-13) at 182. Herrlin pinned an opponent with a 30-7 record for third, then lost a true-second to LCWM’s Ari Hamitz 11-6.

State individuals competition will be held Friday and Saturday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

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