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March 1, 2014

Siegle has lofty goals at state tournament

ST. PAUL — It’s nice to have goals. Even if they’re nearly impossible to reach.

Scott West senior Zach Siegle went into this weekend’s Class AA state wrestling tournament with the intent of not giving up a single point to any of his 138-pound opponents. He succeeded in the first round, shutting out Bradly Johnson of Rockford 3-0.

It didn’t go quite so well in the second as he had to settle for a 4-2 decision over Treyton Austvold of New London/Spicer after giving up the first takedown of the match.

“I guess that’s over now,” the No. 1-ranked Siegle said. “I’ll just have to concentrate on winning a state championship.”

Winning state was always his primary goal. He figured if nobody scored any points against him, a gold medal would be waiting for him at the end of the tournament. Still, it goes to show how far Siegle is willing to push himself to be successful.

The senior will be joined in today’s semifinals by two of his teammates, Andrew Fogarty and Derek Dahlke. The No. 1-ranked Fogarty opened the 160-pound bracket with a pin in of Dassel-Cokato’s Tom Halonen in 3:09. He followed with a 7-0 win over second-ranked Charlie Schmid of Orono.

Fogarty will take on third-rated Dane Ringquist of Fergus Falls in today’s semifinal round.

The Panther’s Dahlke also won twice Friday at 170 pounds. The second-ranked Dahlke downed Michael Avwunuma of Simley 7-1 in the opening round and then blanked Joe Weeding of Dawson-Boyd 3-0 in the quarterfinals.

Dahlke is pitted against fifth-ranked Bobby Lee of Becker in today’s semifinals.

Senior Josh Selly of Tri-City United was dominant on Friday. He cruised to the 170-pound semifinals with a pin of Cole Schmitz from Perham in 1:27 and a 10-0 major decision over Blake Schroeder of Worthington.

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