Individual state wrestling berths on the line

Neither Irondale nor Mounds View was able to win the Section 4AAA wrestling team championship last weekend but that doesn t mean their hopes of a trip to the state tournament are dashed. Both squads can earn individual state berths at this weekend’s Section 4AAA individual tournament.

The eight teams in the section will descend on Stillwater Area High School on Saturday in search of a trip to Xcel Energy Center for the state tournament later this month. Heading into the meet, only Centennial is guaranteed a trip to state after the Cougars won the section team title on Feb. 13.

Centennial was the No. 1 seed and breezed through the first two rounds. The Cougars then took care of second-seeded Stillwater 46-27 in the finals to make state for the 12th time since 2000.

Mounds View, which was co-champion of the Suburban East Conference with a 7-1 dual record, was the third seed in the section. The Mustangs whipped sixth-seeded Roseville 58-15 in the quarterfinals but fell to Stillwater 41-25 in the semifinals. Stillwater was also responsible for Mounds View’s lone SEC dual defeat this season.

The Mustangs led 19-12 through six bouts but Stillwater took over after that and won seven of the final eight weight classes. Among Mounds View’s winners were Nick Dunagan, Sam Bobick and Rowan Morgan, all of whom were victorious by pinfall. Tanner Day added a major decision and Ayden McCloskey won his match by a 7-3 decision.

Irondale, seeded eighth, took on Centennial in the quarterfinals and lost 82-0.

The state wrestling tournament runs Feb. 25-27 at Xcel Energy Center. The team competition is Feb. 25 and the individual tournament takes place on the second and third day of the event.

Brian Meyers can be reached at or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

Section 4AAA wrestling team tournament


Match 1  Centennial 82, Irondale 0

Match 2  Spring Lake Park 28, White Bear Lake 27

Match 3  Mounds View 58, Roseville 15

Match 4  Stillwater 65, North 3


Match 5  Centennial 48, Spring Lake Park 19

Match 6  Stillwater 41, Mounds View 25

Championship match

Match 7  Centennial 46, Stillwater 27



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