Raiders take 2nd at section wrestling meet
The Hastings boys wrestling team wrestled its best two matches of the season on Saturday, and because of that, the team came within just a few points of qualifying for the state meet.
In the section finals, Hastings lost to No. 1 seeded Owatonna, 31-28.
Hastings had advanced to the finals by beating No. 2 seeded Albert Lea, 32-28.
Hastings was the section's No. 3 seed.
The loss ends the team season for Hastings. Individuals from Hastings will be competing this weekend for a chance to qualify for the state tournament.
In the championship match against Owatonna, the Huskies won the first four matches of the meet, building a 16-0 lead.
Luke Rowh got Hastings on the scoreboard with a win by major decision, 11-3.
Hastings won three matches in a row between 145 and 160, with Jake Anderson, Stuart Mattison and Dan Marquette winning to make the score 19-16.
Andy Rachuy scored a huge pin at 182 pounds to tie the score 22-22. His pin came just 50 seconds into the match.
Tony Lodermeier won by fall at 3:10 to give Hastings a 28-25 lead.
Owatonna's heavyweight, though, is ranked No. 5 in the state and scored a win by fall to give the Huskies the 31-28 victory.
Vs Albert Lea
Hastings upset Albert Lea in the section semifinals, 32-28.
Spencer Kopp got things off to a good start for Hastings with a win at 106 pounds.
Hastings lost three straight matches, but then Rowh got the Raiders moving in the right direction with a technical fall, 24-11, at 132 pounds.
Austin Eichmann won at 138 pounds in overtime, 6-4, making the score 16-10 in favor of Albert Lea.
After a loss at 145, Mattison won (15-5) and Marquette won (6-2) to make the score 19-17, still in the opposition's favor.
Hastings then fell behind 28-17 before they rallied to win the meet's final three matches to win.
Rachuy earned a pin at 1:22 to make the score 28-23.
Daryale Harris earned a pin at 51 seconds to give Hastings a lead at 29-28.
Tony Lodermeier won by decision at heavyweight, 6-3, to seal the win.
The section tournament began Thursday with a solid 44-21 win over Rochester John Marshall.
Kopp won at 106.
Luis Sanchez won at 120 by fall.
Rowh won at 132 pounds, earning a pin.
Anderson won at 145 and Mattison won at 152.
After the match at 170 pounds, Hastings led by just one point, 22-21.
Rachuy, Harris, Lodermeier and Josh Kickbush each won their matches down the stretch to give the Raiders the win.
Harris, Lodermeier and Kickbush each earned pins.