Senior Travis Holt and junior Travis Swanson both came home with medals after putting together long runs at last weekend’s State Wrestling Tournament at the Xcel Center.
Holt grasped his third State medal in as many trips when he placed 4th in the Class AAA 145 lb. brackets. He began the tourney by cradling up Tartan’s Wallisch for a pin after taking a 5-0 lead in the second period. That night in the quarterfinals, he faced Apple Valley’s Dayton Racer who took a 7-0 decision; Racer went on to win the 145 title.
Holt rallied in the wrestlebacks by winning a 15-3 major over Willmar’s Deegan, then he tilted Lakeville South’s Deegan for a three-point nearfall in a tight 3-2 win. Holt kept rolling with a 6-2 decision over Rochester Mayo’s Hanson to reach the 3rd-place match where he faced St. Cloud Apollo’s Grant Nehring. The Eagle, who was the 138AAA champ last year, snuck past Holt (48-3) with a 5-4 decision with a three-point cradle after Holt got a two-point nearfall off a tilt earlier. With under 10 seconds to go, it appeared Holt had a reverse or at least an escape, but no points were awarded.
“That was just a fast and wide-open paced match between two good wrestlers,” described C-I Coach Neil Jennissen. Holt finished his career with 155 victories– fifth all-time for Bluejacket Wrestling.
• Swanson worked hard in his first State appearance to garner a 6th-place medal at 120. He began with a 6-0 decision over Alexandria’s Olhausen, shooting for a solid single-leg takedown and turning it into a four-point move early in the match. In the quarterfinals that night, he dropped a tough 8-7 match in triple-overtime to Irondale’s Weinmann.
In the wrestlebacks, Swanson stayed alive with a 9-3 decision over Stillwater’s Hall, then he pinned Albert Lea’s Wangness early Saturday morning. Prior Lake’s Johnshoy took the next match 6-2 en route to placing 3rd. The 5th-place bout was a rematch with Weinmann, and the Knight prevailed 6-2 to end Swanson’s season with a 38-15 record.
More Bluejackets at State
Tough draws were the norm for the other C-I boys in the State brackets. At 160, junior Cody Skog dropped a 7-2 decision to eventual champ Danny Woiwor of Apple Valley in the opening round. Skog came back with a 12-0 major of Mound-Westonka’s Schmidt before Moorhead’s Carpenter prevailed 4-2 in overtime; Carpenter finished 3rd at 160.
At 152, senior Ty Torgerson was majored 12-2 by eventual champ Mark Hall of Apple Valley in the opener, then lost his next wrestleback match.
At 195, junior Kyle Chromy ran into undefeated Trae Story of Roseville in the opener. Story led 7-1 after the first period then got a pin in the second period. Chromy dropped an 11-2 major to Prior Lake’s Hart in the wrestlebacks who went on to place 3rd.
“The kids gave the State champions some of the best matches in the tourney. They were right there,” added Coach Jennissen.
With Holt and Swanson, Bluejacket Wrestling has had a State medal winner each year since the 1989 season.