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Cardinal wrestlers finish in medal round

Two of Alexandria's six entrants in the State Class AAA individual wrestling tournament finished in the medal round as Charlie Kirscht was fourth in the 130-pound weight class, while Tom Bouressa was fifth at heavyweight.

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Photos courtesy Andy Blenkush/Stillwater Courier Head coach Tom Ellison (left) and assistant coach Aldon Struchen (right) used some of their own moves to try and help out one of the Cardinal wrestlers during state tournament action.

Two of Alexandria's six entrants in the State Class AAA individual wrestling tournament finished in the medal round as Charlie Kirscht was fourth in the 130-pound weight class, while Tom Bouressa was fifth at heavyweight.

All six Cardinals are seniors.

Kirscht earned a fourth place medal as he fell to Mason Young of Henry Sibley in a close overtime match 4-2.

Bouressa finished fifth with a 7-1 win over Matt Shaver of St. Cloud Apollo.

"The six entrants that the Cardinals sent to the state tournament this year had a great time with their state tournament experience," said Cardinal head coach Tom Ellison. "An experience they won't soon forget! The experience that a wrestler takes from competing in the state tournament is like none other.

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"It is very difficult to put an end to any season fully satisfied in the win and loss column, but it is very fulfilling to end a season while participating in the state tournament.

"As an athlete, you know that you are competing with the best of the best, and if you come up short on points and take a loss, it still stings, but there remains a real sense of accomplishment," he said. "That sense of accomplishment comes not from the loss you just suffered, but with the realization that you just wrestled with one of the best in the state.

"Also, the reason you had the opportunity to wrestle him is that you can consider yourself one of the best wrestlers in the state just by being there."

Josh Hobbs, Adam Patrick and Taylor Morical weren't able to pick up any wins at the state level, and Josh Betterman fell one win short of the medaling at this year's tournament. Kirscht and Betterman had enough wins to finish in the top six.

"Getting to that point in this tournament creates quite a release of pressure from the shoulders of each wrestler," Ellison said. "With the pressure off, Charlie and Tom put their focus on finishing as high as they could on the awards podium.

"Both suffered some disappointment in their quest for a championship and fell short of their goal, but both were still awarded with a medal."

CARDINAL WRESTLING

STATE CLASS AAA RESULTS

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125 - Taylor Morical fell to Brandon Kingsley (43-0), Apple Valley 0:25; lost to Adam Woitalla, Northfield, 7-6, in wrestlebacks, eliminating Morical.

130 - Charlie Kirscht pinned Gabriel Castellon, Robbinsdale Armstrong, 2:14. SECOND ROUND: fell to Justin LaValle (44-0), Apple Valley 6-1; defeated Hieu Kovar, Champlin Park, 6-0, in wrestlebacks; defeated Tyler Stevens, Elk River, 8-6; defeated Jamon Brunette, Spring Lake Park, 2:55. THIRD PLACE - fell to Mason Young, Henry Sibley, 4-2.

152 - Adam Patrick fell to Nels Pederson, Eastview 5-3. Pederson lost in the second round, eliminating Patrick.

160 - Josh Hobbs fell to Tony Piechowski, North, 7-2. Piechowski lost in the second round, eliminating Hobbs.

171 - Josh Betterman fell to Mike Willett, Woodbury 3-2; defeated Justin Dahl, Spring Lake Park, 5-3, in wrestlebacks; fell to Jared Flaata, Park, 7-0, eliminating Betterman.

HWT - Tom Bouressa pinned Zach Vine, Centennial 0:40. SECOND ROUND: Bouressa def. Pen Maclin, Rochester John Marshall, 6-3; fell to Jake Kettler, Anoka, 2-1; fell to Casey Dehn, Owatonna, 4-2 in wrestlebacks. FIFTH - defeated Matt Shaver, St. Cloud Apollo, 7-1.

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