Four wrestlers qualify for state meet
Four Hastings wrestlers have earned trips to the state wrestling tournament. The wrestlers qualified by taking one of the top two spots at the section's individual tournament over the weekend.
Hastings has one section champion, Luke Rowh, one of the top-ranked wrestlers in the state at 132 pounds.
"He had a pretty tough weight class," coach Josh McLay said. "There were two ranked kids in that class. He performed really well. He's an extremely hard worker and a great captain."
Rowh has a record of 40-2 on the season, and will face Jack O'Brien of Mounds View in the opening round of the tournament. O'Brien has a record of 23-12 on the year. Rowh is a junior.
"He's extremely offensive," McLay said of Rowh. "He attacks, attacks, attacks, and never lets up. His hard work in the offseason has really paid off for him."
Co-captain Dan Marquette also qualified. He placed second at 160 pounds.
"He had a good shot at winning his weight," McLay said. "He ran into a kid from John Marshall (Tim Moore), and things just didn't go his way. He qualified for state, and that was our goal. He has a good chance at placing at state."
Marquette, a junior, has a record of 34-8 and will face Cory Berry of Champlin Park in the opening round. Berry has a record of 34-7.
Jake Anderson, who wrestled at 145 pounds, placed second after a wild championship match in four overtimes. He lost in what is called the ultimate overtime to the No. 3 ranked wrestlers in the state, Jake Hanson of Mayo.
"That was a very encouraging match for him," McLay said. "His conditioning is top notch. I think he can compete against any kid in the state because of how well he is conditioned."
Anderson, a sophomore, is 34-8 on the year and will face Shamar Williams of Lakeville South in the opening round. Williams has a 21-6 record.
Daryale Harris, wrestling at 195 pounds, also qualified. He had to wrestle for true second and won that match, 7-6, to qualify.
"He upset some kids to get (to state)," McLay said. "I'm real proud of him. He believed in himself, that he could do it. We believe, as coaches, that all of the kids have a chance. For the kids, it's sometimes hard for them to believe in themselves. Daryale put together a really good tournament at the right time. He's got a shot to do some damage at the state tournament, too."
Harris has a record of 24-13. He is a junior and will face Robert Schulke of Wayzata in the opening round. Schulke has a record of 20-5.
Hastings also had a couple close calls at the tournament. Andy Rachuy placed third at 182 pounds with a 3-1 record.
"That's the tough thing about wrestling - you have one bad match, and a good wrestler like him is sitting home," McLay said. "It's tough when you put in the amount of time he has. It's a sad deal for him."
Austin Eichmann, a freshman, lost his match for true second place by one point late in the match.
106 - Spencer Kopp went 1-2 at the section tournament for Hastings. His win was by pin at 1:05 against an opponent from Mayo.
113 - Kyle Erickson placed sixth. He went 1-3 at the tournament. His one win was a pin over an opponent from John Marshall.
120 - Luis Sanchez placed fifth with a 2-2 record. He had an 8-0 win and a pin in his fifth-place match.
126 - Jake Spitzack went 0-2 at the tournament and didn't place.
132 - Rowh went 3-0 and won the section title.
138 - Eichmann went 2-3.
145 - Anderson was 2-1 on the day and advanced.
152 - Stuart Mattison finished with a 3-2 record and placed fifth. He won all three matches by fall. He won his fifth-place match by pinning his Albert Lea opponent in just 32 seconds.
160 - Marquette went 2-1 and advanced.
171 - Jacob Johnson finished with a 2-2 record and placed fourth.
182 - Rachuy placed third with a 3-1 record.
195 - Harris went 3-1 to advance.
220 -- Tony Lodermeier finished with a 2-2 record on the day and placed fourth. His wins both were by falls, recording a pin at 1:43 and one at 2:45.
285 - Josh Kickbush went 1-2 and did not place.