By Tyler Ohmann
Royalton-Upsala junior Jason Kasella took down two of the top wrestlers on his way to a third place finish in the
195 pound bracket at the Class A State Tournament.
On opening day of the individual tournament, March 3, Kasella started with an 8-4 win. He was then defeated 9-5 by Christopher Bain, who went on to win the whole thing.
Kasella won 6-1 to move into the consolation quarterfinals.
Later that night, Kasella earned a 3-1 win over Pierz’ Matt Kummet, who entered state undefeated on the season.
Saturday, March 4, Kasella went on to defeat Johnathan Smid of Blackduck-Cass Lake-Bena in a hard-fought 2-1 victory.
He then won 13-6 over Jake Erckenbracker of New York Mills to earn a third place finish.
Two other Royals wrestlers were also in action at state.
Senior Michael Petron wrestled at 138 pounds.
Petron won his opening match 9-5 over Lincoln Arndt of Maple River. Petron then lost 4-3 in a tough match against eventual third place finisher, Brady Tweeton.
Petron won 8-2 in his first consolation match, but fell 5-4 to Tommy Wentzlaff in a close match to end his tournament.
Sophomore Jackson Held wrestled for R-U at 132 pounds.
Held finished his season 22-5 with a 2-2 mark at state.
He won his opening round 5-2, fell by fall to eventual champion Tanner Reetz of Frazee in his second match, won 9-0 over Nolan Rommel of Wabasha-Kellog.
In his final match in the consolation bracket, Held was shut out 10-0 by Seth Brossard, the eventual third place finisher, from Kenyon-Wanamingo.
Nienaber goes furthest
of Holdingford wrestlers
Heavyweight Walker Nienaber went the furthest of the trio of seniors that Holdingford sent to the Class A state tournament, March 3-4.
Nienaber won his opening match, lost in the second round, won his first consolation match, but dropped his next to finish his senior season at 35-7.
Nolan Prokott won his opening match 12-11, but then fell twice in a row at 182 pounds to close his final season at 28-14.
Tony Kierstead closed out his senior season with back-to-back losses at state, and a final record of 27-12 at 220.