The Tonka Wrestlers battled hard on Saturday at Chanhassen with strong placings across the board. In the end, 4 wrestlers placed 2nd and qualified for the State Individual tournament starting on Friday, March 1 at the Xcel Center.
James Johnson capped a strong senior season at 285 with a True-second victory to seal his bid for State. After suffering an injured elbow, he defaulted the championship, but came back with a first period pin in the True-second match. Sophomores Quinn Sell at 195 and Gabe Schumacher at 138 both faced strong opponents in their championship matches, losing close decisions. They kept up the drama by coming back to win their True-second matches by close decisions. Freshman Peter Barrett at 106 wrestled strong in his finals match, losing 6-1. He earned his bid to the State tournament by having beaten the 3rd place wrestler in the Semi-finals.
The rest of the team made strong finishes. Jack Bricker, Tyler McReavey and Dom Scatena finished 3rd. Alex Towey, Ethan Sandum and Dylan Pitt finished 4th. Jake McAnnly came in 5th and Angel Casallas didn't place.