Mankato East senior Cody Adams (top) will challenge for his third straight Class AA state championship today when he wrestles in the finals of the 125-pound weight class. Adams holds the record for most wins in Mankato history.

Some would contend that the only way Mankato East’s Cody Adams doesn’t win his third straight wrestling title this weekend would be because of injury.

Adams flirted with just such a scenario Friday night in the semifinals of the Class A State Tournament at Xcel Energy Center.

Midway through his match, Adams and opponent Jon Tatro took shots at the same time and clunked heads. A few seconds later, Adams had to ask the referee to stop the match so he could compose himself.

“I sort of blacked out for a second or two and I was seeing stars,” Adams said afterward. “We hit heads a couple of times but that one was pretty hard. I had the lead and I didn’t want to give up any cheap points because my head wasn’t right.”

The No. 1-ranked Adams needn’t have worried. He regrouped in time to earn a 9-4 decision over second-ranked Tatro and advance to the championship match.

“I knew it was going to be a tough match,” Adams said. “I knew he was aggressive and I had to wrestle smart.”

Adams is one of six area wrestlers who reached today’s finals in Class AA. Among the others is St. Peter junior Ryan Timmerman, who continued his improbable trek through the state tournament at 119 pounds.

After knocking off second-rated Jason Jeremiason of Marshall/Lakeview in the quarterfinals on Thursday, the unranked Timmerman continued with a 7-4 decision over third-ranked Aaron Stolp of Big Lake in the semifinals. Top-rated Cole Von Ohlen of Jackson County Central awaits Timmerman in today’s championship match.

Le Sueur-Henderson’s Jason Sunderman also reached today’s finals by sticking second-ranked Chad Henle of New London-Spicer in 3:43. Henle took Sunderman down to go ahead in the second period, but the eighth-ranked sophomore from LSH worked on the bottom for a reverse stack and the pin.

“It was trying for a Wizzer and then it just opened up for me,” Sunderman said. “I had wrestled him in a different tournament last year so I knew what to expect.”

What Sunderman didn’t expect at the start of the season was a berth in the state finals.

“I never thought this would happen,” he said. “I just have to give it my all (on Saturday).”

Sunderman wrestles top-ranked David Thorn of St. Michael-Albertville in today’s finals.

The 130-pound semifinal turned into a Battle Royale as Montgomery-Lonsdale/Le Center’s top-ranked Joe Selly took on Becker’s second-ranked Robert Koranda. The duo tied 1-1 in regulation and were still deadlocked 2-2 after two overtimes. In the fourth overtime, Selly delivered the winning escape for a 3-2 triumph.

“I got to choose down because I scored the first point of the match,” Selly said of the fourth extra session. “I knew I could get the escape.

“I was a little nervous before the match but I kept it under control. I still have one more match to go.”

Selly meets third-rated Cody Nilson of Ottertail Central in today’s championship match.

Scott West advanced two wrestlers to today’s finals. Tony Valek won an 8-2 decision over Windom Area/Mountain Lake-Butterfield-Odin’s A.J. Stevens at 135 pounds and Tim Hentges delivered a 4-3 decision over Mike Munos of South St. Paul at 140 pounds.

The Panthers’ Pete Eischens (171) came up short in his semifinal match, losing 10-7 to Phillip Moenkedick of Perham. MLLC’s Mark Miller suffered the same fate at 189, getting pinned by Drew Ross of Fergus Falls in 4:51.

LSH’s Matt Pfarr (145) was also defeated in the semis, dropping a 5-2 decision to Justin Berns of Perham. Eischens, Miller, Pfarr and WMLBO’s Stevens now drop down to today’s consolation bracket.

Also wrestling for third-place and fifth-place medals today will be WMLBO’s Sam Fischenich (125), Scott West’s Eddie Dvorak (145) and MLLC’s Jake Wetzel (152).

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