Wrestling: Alexandria, Minnewaska eliminated in team section quarterfinals

Alexandria and Minnewaska will now both turn their focus to their individual section tournaments after being eliminated from their respective section team tournaments.

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Alexandria's Mason McGrane attempts to control Dawson McGee of Walker-Hackensack-Ackley during their finals match at 126 at the Big Ole Invitational on Jan. 14, 2023. McGrane and the Cardinals will now focus on the Section 8AA Indvidual tournament after being eliminated from the team tournament on Feb. 16, 2023.
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The Alexandria and Minnewaska wrestling teams both wrestled in the opening rounds of the section tournaments on Thursday, and both were eliminated in the quarterfinals.

Alexandria, the No. 3 seed in the east side of Section 8AA, wrestled in Pine River and earned a 72-9 win over No. 6E Albany but lost 52-21 to the No. 2E seed Pequot Lakes-Pine River-Backus, while Minnewaska, the No. 8 seed in Section 5A wrestled in Kerkhoven, and lost to the top-seed Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, 49-18.

The Cardinals picked up eight wins by forfeit over Albany, along with pins by Ty Larson (113 - 4:53), Logan Timm (120 - 3:31), Zachary Brezina (138 - 0:51), and Landon Arvidson (145 - 0:51).

Things started off well for Alexandria against PL/PR-B as Nolan Fettig (106) earned a pin (3:10) to put Alexandria up 6-0. PL/PR-B won the next two matches with pins, but Mason McGrane tied the match up with a second period pin (2:59).

PL/PR-B won the next eight out of 10 matches from there to seal the win. Those two wins from Alexandria came by a 3-0 decision by Blaze Nelson (145) and Kelly Johnson with a first period pin (0:25) at 170.


Miles Wildman got Minnewaska off to a good start against KMS with a 7-2 decision at 106, but KMS won the next three matches by pin or forfeit.

Mason Schiffler (132) and Nick Ankeny (138) won their matches by decision (8-5 for Schiffler and 7-1 for Ankeny) but four straight wins following that sealed KMS’ win.

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Minnewaska junior Mason Schiffler, right, goes for two points against KMS' Taytan Nielsen during theri 132-pound match in the Section 5A quarterfinals Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023 at Kerkhoven.
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Minnewaska’s other two wins in the dual came at 182 with Chase Boelke pin (4:24) and a decision by Noah Jensen at 220 (3-2).

Alexandria wrestles in the Section 8AA Individual Tournament on Feb. 24 and 25 in Detroit Lakes, while Minnewasks wrestles in the Section 5A Individual Tournament on Feb. 25 in Glenwood.

Alexandria has three ranked wrestlers in The Guillotine’s latest Class AA rankings (Feb. 9), Nolan Fettig (No. 6 at 106), Mason McGrane (No. 7 at 126), and Blaze Nelson (No. 10 at 145).

Minnewaska has two ranked wrestlers in The Guillotine’s latest Class A rankings, Wildman (No. 5 at 106) and Chase Smith (No. 8 at 120).

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Minnewaska seventh-grader Miles Wildman, left, tries to gain the advantage on KMS' Colton Noble during their 106-pound match in the Section 5A quarterfinals Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023 at Kerkhoven.
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Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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