Redwood-River Valley Badgers Headed to State
Section 3AA Individual Tournament
The Redwood-River Valley Badger wrestling team had a record breaking weekend at the Section 3AA individual tournament. Twelve of the thirteen wrestlers earned a medal, placing in the top six at their weight and five wrestlers qualified for the state tournament. Both of the accomplishments are records for the wrestling program.
On Friday evening, the Badgers went 10-3 with six victories coming by way of a pin. The highlight match of day one was Owen Bertram (113) winning by pin over the #2 seeded and previous state placer, Has Khee Lar, from Marshall Area.
On Saturday, the Badgers continued to wrestle well, advancing five wrestlers into the finals. James Ploeger (182) won a wild high scoring match. Both wrestlers had each other on their back at one time, but in the end, James secured the win by way of pin to advance to the finals. It looked like the Badgers might get seven into the finals as Owen Bertram lost a nail-biter, one-point decision, to #3 seed C. Brandes from New Ulm. Mason Rummel, moving up a weight class, was also in a very close match, losing to M. McNeil from Morris Area in the closing seconds of his semi-finals match.
Omar Arredondo advanced to the section finals with a thrilling overtime decision over the #2 seeded wrestler from Marshall Area. Omar would lose in the finals but win his true second match to advance to state. Tayte Harazin won by fall to advance to the finals where he won by decision to win his first section title. Kaleb Haase (220) advanced to the finals with an 8-0 decision and then lost by disqualification for an illegal slam in the finals. Kaleb was ahead by eight points with 11 seconds remaining when the slam occurred. Chad Maddock (HWT) won his first section title by way of pin. Chad pinned all three of his opponents on his way to his first section championship.