State wrestling: Falcons finish 6th at state

State wrestling: Falcons finish 6th at state


State wrestling: Falcons finish 6th at state


It was a long, difficult, exciting and sometimes exasperating day for the Foley Falcons at the Xcel Energy Center.

They hung tough, fought through losing a pair of wrestlers to skin conditions, beat their best rival and almost came away with a consolation final trophy.

Instead, the Falcons settled for sixth.

They lost 30-26 to Perham in the Class 2A final after beating Milaca 33-30 in the consolation semifinals. That came after a 42-12 pasting by No. 2 Albert Lea in the quarterfinals.

“It’s a great year,” said Foley head coach Scott Gorecki, who searched for a way to sum up the day. “I can’t complain at all.

“We got some good experience for our young guys and our seniors wrestled really well. It was a great team effort.”

The entire team competition wrapped up Thursday, with finals in all three classes ending the evening.

The individual portion of the tournament commences at 9 a.m. Friday. There are 60 wrestlers from the Times’ area vying for titles in one of the 14 weight classes in three divisions.

The tournament concludes with the individual finals, set for 7 p.m. Saturday.

Foley (27-7) brought one of its youngest teams to state Thursday, with five seniors on the varsity roster and only four of them wrestling.

Captain Brandon Jackson was one of them. The 160-pounder didn’t pass his skin check and was disqualified for the tournament. So was Mitch Rothfork.

“When we found out, we were crushed,” Foley senior 152-pounder Nathan Goulet said. “I was crushed for (Jackson), too.

“He lives and sleeps for wrestling. He is all about wrestling all the time. He’s a captain for our team, too. It’s too bad.”

Milaca (24-10) was without key 220-pounder Colton Sailor, who also failed the skin check.

“Milaca had the same thing happen and that’s unfortunate for both of us,” Gorecki said.

The Falcons overcame the lineup losses to beat the Wolves, their good rivals to the east. Milaca lost to No. 3 Scott West 46-23 in the quarterfinals.

The Foley-Milaca matchup reminiscent of their state quarterfinal match in 2008. Milaca won that won, upsetting a higher-ranked Falcon squad.

Perham proved to be equally challenging.

The Falcons pulled off some early upsets, at least on paper. Noah Lefebvre beat Ben Nelson 11-5 at 120. Nelson’s a state entrant. Lefebvre came into the tournament 19-19.

At 132, Foley’s Taylor Jurek beat Chase Curtis, another state entrant, 6-5.

“We pulled through with some big wins,” said Foley senior 170-pounder Carter Nielsen, who maybe had the match of the consolation final.

Nielsen, ranked No. 1 in the state, beat fifth-ranked Patrick Glynn by fall in 45 seconds. It gave Foley a 23-21 lead.

But the Yellowjackets’ Cole Schmitz beat Spencer Elwell 4-3 with a last-second takedown to put Perham (27-4) up 24-23.

The Falcons weren’t through. Jon Olson, a senior who entered the day with a 19-19 record, beat Perham’s William Parks, 1-0. Parks was a senior with a 33-3 record.

Then, freshman Saylor Schmit stunned junior Jesse Klatt, another state entrant, 4-1 in triple overtime. That cut Perham’s lead to 27-26.

The Yellowjackets prevailed at 285. Jesse Bucholz, another state entrant, beat Tryston Bemboom 7-1.

“We had some big wins that kept us in the match,” Gorecki said. “But give credit to Perham.

“They’re a great team that’s solid throughout. We almost pulled it off, even with a couple guys out.”

But not quite.

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State team results

(at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul)

Class A


No. 2 Frazee 32, Pierz 23

No. 3 Zumbrota-Mazeppa 32, West Central Area/Ashby/Evansville 18

No. 1 Minneota 55, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 16

No. 5 Jackson County Central 34, No. 4 Lake Crystal/Wellcome Memorial Area 35-34


No. 3 Mazeppa-Zumbrota 33, No. 2 Frazee 25

No. 1 Minneota 49, No. 5 Jackson County Central 23

Consolation semifinals

West Central Area 38, Pierz 28

No. 4 Lake Crystal/Wellcome Memorial 45, A-C-GC 16

Consolation final

No.4 Lake Crystal/Wellcome Memorial 40, West Central 17

Third-place match

No. 5 Jackson County Central 40, No. 2 Frazee 31


No. 1 Minneota vs. No. 3 Zumbrota-Mazeppa

Class 2A


No. 2 Albert Lea 42, Foley 12

No. 3 Scott West 46, Milaca 23

No. 1 Simley 39, Worthington 21

No. 4 Totino-Grace 34, No. 5 Perham 31


No. 2 Albert Lea 39, No. 3 Scott West 21

No.1 Simley 45, No. 4 Totino-Grace 18

Consolation semifinals

Foley 33, Milaca 30

No. 5 Perham 33, Worthington 26

Consolation final

No. 5 Perham 30, Foley 26

Third-place match

No. 3 Scott West 42, No. 4 Totino-Grace 31


No. 1 Simley vs. No. 2 Albert Lea

Class 3A


No. 2 St. Michael-Albertville 53, Moorhead 12

No. 3 Willmar 38, Centennial 24

No. 1 Apple Valley 62, White Bear Lake Area 6

No. 5 Prior Lake 36, No. 4 Farmington 25


No. 2 St. Michael-Albertville 34, No. 3 Willmar 18

No. 1 Apple Valley 40, No. 5 Prior Lake 19

Consolation semifinals

Moorhead 38, Centennial 27

No. 4 Farmington 38, White Bear Lake 26

Consolation final

Moorhead 33, No. 4 Farmington 29

Third-place match

No. 5 Prior Lake 46, No. 3 Willmar 20


No. 1 Apple Valley vs. No. 2 Albert Lea


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