Updated: Raider wrestling team wins consolation finals at state meet
The consolation finals at the state wrestling tournament didn't get off to a very good start for the Hastings Raiders, but the match had the right finish for the blue and gold. Hastings fell behind against Minnetonka, 24-0, before coming back to win handily, 44-33. Hastings outscored Minnetonka 44-9 after that initial deficit to win.
The Hastings wrestling team earned a hard-fought win over Farmington on Thursday to advance to the consolation finals of the state wrestling tournmament.
Hastings started the meet with a loss to Apple Valley, the state's No. 1 team.
The Raiders then upset Farmington, which had the No. 4 seed in the tournament, to advance. Hastings is unseeded, as is Minnetonka.
The match against Farmington didn't look good at the outset. After Lynden Wilson was pinned by his Farmington opponent, the Raiders trailed the Tigers by a score of 21-4. Immediately after the pin was declared, though, Wilson stood up and motioned to HHS coach Josh McLay that something was wrong with his hand. McLay looked at it and saw bite marks. McLay encouraged Wilson to show the bite marks to the referees. They examined his hand and determined he had been bitten by the Farmington wrestler.
They awarded Wilson the win and the score quickly changed to 15-10 in favor of Farmington. From that point on, Hastings dominated. The Raiders were even able to rest some of their regular starters down the stretch and still won 44-24.