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Osakis, Lakers send wrestlers to state

Minnewaska’s Ryan Stottler wrestles an opponent from Moorhead during the Big Ole Invite in Alexandria on February 1. Stottler earned a spot at the individual state tournament this past Saturday after winning the 170-pound weight class at the Section 5A tournament. (Eric Morken/Echo Press)

Osakis and Minnewaska will send a combined four wrestlers to state after the two schools represented themselves well at the Section 5A individual meet this past Saturday.

The Lakers’ Ryan Stottler will make the trip to the Xcel Energy Center on Friday after he earned a title at 170 pounds this past weekend. Stottler won a 10-1 decision over Jordan Nelson of ACGC in the semifinals before taking care of Luke Kuechle of Eden Valley-Watkins in the title match by a 10-2 score.

Osakis will be represented in three weight classes at state after the Coyer brothers and Ryan Engfer won individual titles.

Trenton Coyer will wrestle at 113 pounds after cruising through the first two rounds of the section tournament. He won the title match 7-3 over Josey Tensen of Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa. Coyer made it look easy on his way to the title match, winning by fall in 25 seconds in his first match and in 1:26 in the semifinals.

Next it was Brendon Coyer’s turn to earn a state bid. He will go in as the 5A champ at 120 pounds after he won a close match with Long Prairie-Grey Eagle’s Miguel Ambriz in a 2-1 decision for the championship.

Brendon went in as the top seed and got a pin in 3:58 in his opening match. He then won by major decision in the semifinals, beating Minnewaska’s Spencer Winter 12-0.

“Both Trenton and Brendon have been to the tournament before and know what to expect,” Osakis head coach Joey Andreasen said. “I believe both have goals of placing very high in the tournament.”

Engfer, a junior, will join the Coyers after surprising the rest of the 138-pound weight class on his way to a title. He upset top-seeded Derek Dengrud of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City in the title match in a 4-3 decision. Dengrud is the ninth-ranked wrestler at Class A in the 138-pound weight class in the February 21 individual rankings on The Guillotine.

Engfer definitely earned his way to state by finding a way to close out tight matches all day. All three of his wins came by one point as he opened with a 4-3 win over David Cox of Howard Lake-Winsted-Waverly. Engfer then took down Kimball’s Brady Mehr by a 2-1 score in the semifinals.

“Ever since winning the conference tournament, Ryan has wrestled with a new sense of confidence and determination, which was evident again over the weekend,” Andreasen said. “As long has he continues to wrestle this way, he has a chance of doing quite well at the state tournament.

The Silverstreaks also had a couple third-place finishes at the 5A meet. Tyler Spanswick took third at 195 after winning his final three matches after falling in the opening round. Spanswick beat Lyle Miller of Eden Valley-Watkins by pinning him in 2:27 in the third-place match.

Mitch Sunder followed that up with a third-place finish at 220 pounds with a pin in just 56 seconds over Nathan Marshel of HLWW in his final match. Senior Peter Hagen also took third with a 3-1 win in his final match over Jordan Fester of ACGC, and the Lakers’ Weston Lardy was third at 145 pounds.

The Class A individual first round of the state tournament is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. on Friday.

Trenton Coyer will enter the tournament as the second ranked wrestler in the state at 113 pounds in the February 21 Guillotine rankings. Brendon is ranked sixth at 120 pounds in those same rankings.


OSAKIS RESULTS – 106 – Seth Johnson – fifth place; 113 – T. Coyer – first place; 120 – B. Coyer – first place; 132 – Colton Waldvogel – fourth place; 138 – Engfer – first place; 145 – Garret Sunder – fifth place; 182 – Nils Hagen – fourth place; 195 – Spanswick – third place; 220 – M. Sunder – third place; 285 – Hagen – third place

MINNEWASKA RESULTS – 113 – Joseph Weaver – fourth place; 120 – Spencer Winter – fourth place; 145 – Weston Lardy – third place;152 – Caleb Blaisdell – sixth place; 160 – Andrew Troen – 0-2; 170 – Stottler – first place; 285 – Kashawn Brown – fifth place

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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