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.
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.