Rohr wins state wrestling title
The Hastings Raiders Wrestling team went to the Xcel Energy Center on a mission. They came back home with seven All-state wrestlers, including one state champion.
Senior Zach Rohr was a state champion and there were three state runners-up in senior Corey Latuff, senior Colten LaChance and junior Isaac Eichmann. There was a third-place finish for junior Eric Bauer, a fourth-place finish for junior Jake Swenson and a fifth-place finish for freshman Luke Rowh.
"I am so proud of these kids, they are great kids and I had a blast coaching them all year long," coach Josh McLay said. "They all worked extremely hard. To have seven All-state wrestlers is phenomenal, and to be able to say half of your team is all-state is a testament to them."
Senior Captain Zach Rohr capped off his brilliant high school career with his first state title at 145 pounds when he defeated defending state champion Daniel Woiwor of Apple Valley. Rohr's championship run started with a 16-0 technical fall over unranked Alex Johnson of Tartan. Second-ranked Holton Lubinski from Elk River awaited Rohr in the quarter-finals, where Rohr claimed a 7-1 decision. Moving into the semi-finals, Rohr squared off with another second-ranked wrestler in Dalton Westerlund of Albert Lea, with Rohr coming out on top with a hard fought 7-6 decision.
In the finals, Rohr was seeking redemption from a 3-2 loss he had in the section finals to Daniel Woiwor of Apple Valley. Rohr used a third period takedown and nearfall points to erase a 3-1 deficit on his way to a 6-3 decision and his first high school state title.
Rohr became the first Hastings wrestler to win the Christmas tournament and a state title in the same year since first-year head coach Josh McLay. With the win, Rohr ended his high school career with five All-state honors; each year improving on the podium until his final stop at number one.
Senior Corey Latuff ended his wrestling career with a second-place finish at 119 pounds.
In the opening round, Latuff used a third-period pin of Erick Power of Austin to advance into the quarterfinals. Latuff scored an 8-2 decision over Dan Babineau to gain a spot in the semifinals. With the quarterfinal victory Latuff earned his 100th varsity win.
Seventh-ranked Mark Voss of STMA stood in the way of Latuff's trip the finals. Latuff earned a 4-2 decision over Voss to punch his ticket to the finals. Latuff would eventually lose to three-time state champion Mitch Bengston of St Cloud Apollo. This was Latuff's second All-state honor; he took fifth place last year at 119 pounds.
Senior Colten LaChance finished his high school career in second place at 140 pounds. LaChance claimed a 14-5 major decision over Colton Doty of Bemidji in his opening round match.
Moving on, LaChance prevailed with a 15-5 major decision over fourth-ranked Cody Skog of Cambridge-Isanti. The win over Skog was LaChance's 100th win of his varsity career. In the semi-finals, LaChance was victorious with a 12-3 major decision over fifth-ranked Derek Weinmann of Irondale. Making his first appearance in a state final, LaChance's opponent was top-ranked Brandon Kinsley of Apple Valley. Kingsley did not allow LaChance to score any takedowns and Kingsley won 11-0 to claim his third state title. This was LaChance's second All-state honor; he finished third at 135 pounds last year.
Junior Isaac Eichmann took full advantage of his first trip to state with a second-place finish at 215 pounds. Eichmann made quick work of Gjullian Flemister of Champlin Park with a first period pin.
In the quarterfinal match, Eichmann faced seventh-ranked Mitch Elmer of Stillwater, with Eichmann advancing on a 3-1 decision. Eichmann's semifinal match against ninth-ranked Michael Burkhardt of Coon Rapids was a rematch from the Raider Duals, where Eichmann lost a 3-1 decision. This time however, Eichmann out-wrestled Burkhardt to a 3-1 decision of his own. Top-ranked Zane Peterson denied Eichmann an opportunity at a title with a second period fall.
Junior Eric Bauer staked a third-place finish at 125 pounds. Bauer scored a 10-2 major decision over Zack Gawboy of Maple Grove in his opening round match. In the quarterfinals, Bauer had his way with Mitch Mehrwerth of Sauk Rapids-Rice in recording a pin in the third period. The semi-finals saw Bauer and second-ranked Austin Leibel of St. Francis wrestle to see who would face Dakota Trom in the finals. Bauer ran out of time in losing an 8-6 decision, dropping him into the consolation round.
Bauer bounced back from the loss with a 7-0 win over Amin Buta of Minneapolis South and a 19-7 major decision of Zach Goldberg of Lakeville North to take third. This was Bauer's third All-state honor.
Junior Jake Swenson wrestled to a fourth-place finish at 171 pounds in his second trip to state. After an opening-round 3-1 loss to third-ranked Clayton Jennissen of Cambridge-Isanti, Swenson took advantage of the opportunity to wrestle second-ranked Eric Hensel by winning a 5-3 decision. Swenson followed up that win with a third-period pin of A.J. Wheeler of Moorhead to move into the consolation semis.
Ryan Stott of STMA fell to Swenson in a hard-fought 3-0 decision. Swenson wrestled well against Beau Bibeau of White Bear Lake but came up short in a 3-2 loss to finish fourth. This was Swenson's first All-state honor.
Freshman Luke Rowh wrestled extremely well in claiming fifth place at 103 pounds in his first run at state. Rowh dispatched Sam Bennyhoff of Mound-Westonka with a second period pin. Rowh then lost a 9-4 decision to ninth-ranked and state runner-up Tanner Johnshoy of Prior Lake. In the consolation round, Rowh ground out a 3-1 decision over James Pleski of Forest Lake and an 11-0 major decision of Devon Felton of Austin to guarantee a spot in the top six.
Rowh lost a 6-2 decision to second-ranked Seth Gross of Apple Valley in the consolation semi-finals to move into the fifth place match. Rowh ended his year with a 3-1 decision over third-ranked Dakota Wangsness of Albert Lea to earn his first All-state honor.
At 112 pounds, Isaac Bauer lost a 6-4 overtime decision in his first-round match to third-ranked Trent Butcher of Chaska/Chanhassen.
At 135 pounds, Hunter Swenson came up short in a 4-1 decision against T.J. O'Hare of Tartan. Both wrestlers did not have an opportunity to wrestle a second match. This was the first trip to the state tournament for Bauer and Swenson.