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Two Lakers Get Through To State Prelims

03/21/2021, 8:45pm CDT
By Tom Schardin

The Prior Lake wrestling team went two for seven in the Class 3A state preliminary round March 20 in Farmington.

Seven Lakers were there trying to advance to the state quarterfinals, but only two made it through — ninth-grader Alan Koehler at 106 pounds and senior Colton Sund at 160.

The state prelims featured four wrestlers each from both Section 1AAA and 2AAA in the 14 weight classes. Those wrestlers qualified from their respective section meets March 17.

Seniors Teagan Block and Ian Sogge, junior Cole Edwards, sophomore Aidan McGowan and eighth-grader Tyler Turzinski also advanced to the state prelims for Lakers out of Section 2AAA.

The Class 3A state team and individual tournament was slated for March 25 at St. Michael Albertville High School.

Koehler has been ranked No. 1 in the state at 106 pounds all season. He went 26-1 in the regular season for the Lakers and won all five of his postseason matches.

Koehler won by fall in his two Section 2AAA matches and then rolled over his three opponents in the state prelims. He won by technical fall in the first round, earned a 20-7 decision in the semifinals and pinned Jackson Barron of Northfield in the first-place match.

Sund, ranked No. 7, won 21 matches in the regular season, before earning a fall and a 6-0 decision in the Section 2AAA round.

In the state prelims, Sund opened with a pair of wins, before losing 3-1 to top-ranked Landon Johnson of Owatonna in the first-place match. However, his second-place finish still earned a spot in the state quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, Block lost in the 138-pound finals in the state prelims, dropping a 5-3 decision to second-ranked Cameron Davis of Albert Lea. Block still had a chance to make the state quarterfinals in a true-second match against sixth-ranked Marshall Peters of Rochester Mayo, but lost 13-6.

Block was wrestling up. He’s ranked No. 6 at 126 pounds. He won his first state prelim matches, the first one by fall in the quarterfinals and then by sudden victory in overtime in the semifinals (3-1).

Block went 2-0 in Section 2AAA, winning by major decision and by sudden victory. He finished the season with a 24-7 record.

Edwards finished the season with a 27-2 mark. He won by fall in his two Section 2AAA matches at 170 pounds. In the state prelims, he opened with a win by fall, but lost in the semifinals 6-1.

Edwards, ranked No. 7, came back in the consolation round to win two matches to finish third.

Turzinski, McGowan and Sogge each went 2-1 in the Section 2AAA round at 113, 152 and 182 pounds, respectively. All three ended up going 1-2 in the state prelim round.

Other Lakers who competed in the Section 2AAA round included ninth-grader Finn Bloomquist at 120 (1-2 record), junior Ryan Horejsi at 145 (1-2), ninth-grader Jaxon Mikolyzk at 126 (0-2) and junior Owen Dotseth at 195 (0-2).

In the Section 2AAA team competition, which was held March 10, third-seeded Prior Lake had a bye in the quarterfinals, before losing 42-25 to second-seeded New Prague in the semifinals.

The Lakers finished the season with a 16-11 record, including 8-1 in the South Suburban Conference. Top-ranked Shakopee won the league crown with a 9-0 mark.

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