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Hastings wresting team places fourth at state tournament

Adam McSorley earned a hard-fought pin at 106 pounds to start the state wrestling tournament off on a high note for Hastings. Star Gazette photo by Chad Richardson1 / 2
Luke Rowh of Hastings has his Willmar opponent in all kinds of trouble during their match. Rowh won by technical fall. Star Gazette photo by Chad Richardson2 / 2

The Hastings wrestling team earned a nice win in the opening round of the state tournament on Thursday morning at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Hastings beat Willmar, 42-21, in the quarterfinal round of the meet.

That meant Hastings advanced to the state semifinals against Apple Valley, the state's No. 1 team. The Raiders lost to the Eagles, 65-3.

Hastings lost in the third-place match to St. Michael-Albertville, 30-25. STMA was the No. 2 seed in the tournament.  Hastings was No. 4.