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Wrestling: Hastings takes 4th at duals

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The Hastings wrestling team continues to face the state's best teams at weekend tournaments. Last weekend, Hastings was at St. Cloud Tech for the Kiffmeyer Duals.

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Hastings finished fourth out of eight teams.

St. Michael-Albertville, the No. 2 ranked team in Class 3A finished first. Foley, ranked second in Class 2A, finished second.

Cambridge, ranked third in 3A, placed third.

Hastings, the fifth-ranked team in 3A, opened the tournament with a match against Albert Lea. The Tigers are No. 6 in 3A.

Hastings won, 36-29.

"We just had a great match," Hastings coach Justin Hahn said. "Some guys really stepped up."

Colten LaChance beat Cory Hansen, a former state runner-up, 7-3.

"Colten just had a great match," Hahn said. "He was the aggressor the whole time, and just relentless. He's really done a lot of nice things for us this year. He has really matured and is coming on strong."

LaChance has a 21-2 record on the season.

Zach Rohr beat Trevor Rasmussen with a third-period escape and takedown, 3-1.

In the second round, Hastings faced St.Michael and lost, 33-20.

Tyler Rohr had a big match at 145 pounds, where he faced the state's No. 2 ranked wrestler. Rohr won, 3-1.

"Tyler had a great match against him," Hahn said. "In my opinion, he controlled the match. He really dominated."

It was Rohr's first match this season down at 145 pounds.

P.J. Mike had a big win at 275 pounds. He faced a ranked wrestler, Parker Betts, who had defeated him three previous times. This time around, Mike won, 3-2.

Eric Bauer earned a big win at 112 pounds, beating the No. 5 ranked wrestler in the state, 14-5.

"Eric has been just phenomenal this year," Hahn said.

Bauer is 20-1 on the season. He started the season at 125 pounds and was ranked. He moved down to 119 and was ranked. Now he's down at 112 and is again among the state's top wrestlers.

In the third-place match, Hastings lost to Cambridge-Isanti, 33-24 in a close meet that could have gone either way.

Corey Latuff lost a tough match. It had appeared as though he scored a takedown at the end of third period, but he didn't get it. He then lost 3-2 in overtime to Tyler Tischer, a state entrant from last year.

"Corey just had an awesome match," Hahn said. "He's getting better and better every time he steps out there."

At 130 pounds was the biggest setback for Hastings. Hunter Swenson was trailing his match, 5-2, when he was disqualified when the official said he was biting his opponent. Hahn contested the call, but it was to no avail.

The flagrant misconduct ruling cost Hastings three points and it gave Cambridge six team points.

It was, in other words, a six-point swing. Instead of losing a decision that would have given Cambridge three team points, Hastings had three points subtracted from its team score and Cambridge picked up six

"That was a big momentum swing for us," Hahn said.

Vs WBL

Hastings faced White Bear Lake and won Thursday, 43-23, in a Suburban East Conference dual meet.

Hastings is now 4-0 in the conference.

Hastings won nine of the 14 matches, including 103 pounds where Danny Gove was a winner. Gove was leading late in the third period when he dislocated a finger. Just 18 seconds remained. Gove left the mat, his finger was put back into place, taped up and he said it was fine.

Gove concluded the match and won.

Later, a visit to the doctor determined the finger had been both dislocated and broken.

"It just shows you how tough he is," Hahn said. "He's a great kid. He does really well academically, too."

Gove will miss about a month of the season while the finger heals.

"It's going to be tough to see him out of the lineup," Hahn said. "That's not what we wanted to see."

Hastings also got wins from Eric Bauer, who won by fall at 2:40; by Corey Latuff, who won by technical fall; Matt Leko; Hunter Swenson, who won by fall; Colten LaChance, who won by technical fall; Jake Swenson; Tyler Rohr; Zach Rohr; and Josh Lohmann, who won by fall.

Tyler Rohr's win was a big one. It came over Tom Longendyke, one of White Bear's best wrestlers. He won, 9-9.

Zach Rohr, too, beat a top White Bear wrestler, Cody Anderson, 8-3.

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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