2 times a champ: Owatonna’s Moen wins first state title; Robb claims second crown

ST. PAUL — There is something familiar about the state tournament to Brandon Moen.

But this is new — and thrilling.

Poised to earn his first blue ribbon after coming up short the last four years, Moen climbed the peak at 195 pounds on Saturday and stands atop the Minnesota wrestling mountain as Class AAA state champion. He defeated Moorhead’s Samuel Grove 5-4 in the title bout. Continue reading at www.southernminn.com

Pipestone Area on the rise

ST. PAUL — A heart-wrenching, 1-0 loss in the previous year’s state title bout would be enough to motivate any wrestler.

Pipestone Area’s Michael Suda had that and more entering this season’s Class A State Wrestling Tournament.

“It hurt a lot ending my final match like I did last year,” the 120-pound sophomore said. “That motivated me a lot. But to do it this year with my best friend, it’s amazing. We accomplished a goal we’ve had since third grade — being back-to-back state champions. Hopefully there will be a couple more.” Continue reading at www.dglobe.com

Hieronimus, Moore back on top

ST. PAUL —Keegan Moore and Skylar Hieronimus don’t appear to have a lot in common.

Moore is Jackson County Central’s 182-pound wrecking ball on the wrestling mat. Broad-shouldered and muscular, he rarely walks off the mat without a pin, often playing to the crowd in his own energetic way before departing.

Hieronimus — a 126-pounder from Adrian — is more calculated in his approach. Long and lean, he takes his time and racks up points with an occasional victory by fall. Win or rare loss, he is even-mannered and stoic before, during and after each match. Continue reading at www.dglobe.com

East’s Swanson, West’s Pickell win wrestling state titles

ST. PAUL — Mankato East heavyweight Logan Swanson went into his Class AA championship match as the underdog on Saturday, using that to his advantage.

When it was over, Swanson had defeated top-ranked James Huwe of Detroit Lakes, who had lost just once, 4-3 in triple overtime. It was the first state championship for the senior Swanson.

“I think I was underestimated going in,” Swanson said. “He had the better record, and I had two losses to 220-pounders. But those two 220-pounders were both in the state finals so it’s not like they weren’t any good.” Continue reading at www.mankatofreepress.com

Seeded brackets deliver marquee finals matches

The state wrestling individual finals had a higher intrigue than usual on Saturday night at the Xcel Energy Center.

This was the first year the brackets were seeded, with each weight’s top four seeds separated until the semifinals.

“You watch that semifinal round and it was awesome wrestling,” Farmington co-coach Chad Olson said. “You’d expect the finals to be the same thing.”Continue reading at www.twincities.com