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March 1, 2014

Nine area wrestlers reach Class A state semifinals

ST. PAUL — Martin Granados admitted he was pretty nervous during Friday’s Class A state wrestling tournament, but the junior from Blue Earth Area refused to let it affect his performance.

The state tournament rookie won by fall and a regular decision at Xcel Energy Center to catapult himself into the heavyweight finals.

In his first match he stuck fourth-ranked Curtis Brisk Pierz in 3:21. In his second he defeated Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial’s Nick Meixell 7-1.

“The second match was a lot tougher,” Granados said. “He was tall so I just had to keep driving on my shot to try to finish them off. I finally got a couple of single-leg takedowns on him.”

Granados said he tried not to let his butterflies become a factor.

“I was really nervous in the first match,” he said. “The second time it was a little better, but I was still pretty nervous.”

Granados was one of nine area wrestlers who made it to the semifinals on Friday. Another was 138-pound senior Dylan Boettcher of St. Clair/Loyola. Boettcher won a pair of decisions, downing Brady Mehr of Kimball Area 7-2 and Rylee Anderson of Barnesville 4-1.

“I was up here last year, and I went two matches and done,” Boettcher said. “Granted, I lost to the state champion and the third-place winner, but it was still frustrating.

“I used that as motivation this year. I wanted to get back here and win a state championship.”

Sibley East had a great day Friday, advancing four to the semifinals. Tanner Pasvogel won a pair of decisions at 106 pounds and will be matched up against second-ranked Skylar Hieronimus of Adrian in today’s semis.

Teammate Jason Meyer won a regular decision and a major decision to reach the 132-pound semifinals. He’ll meet ninth-ranked Mason Moreno of Hayfield in today’s final four.

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