East Ridge wrestling: Lyden finishes fourth at state
East Ridge junior Reid Lyden wanted another shot at Prior Lake's Tanner Johnshoy at the Class 3A individual state tournament at the Xcel Energy Center Saturday after his first round loss to Johnshoy he just had to get there first.
Lyden, ranked fourth at 120 pounds, needed to win three consecutive matches to reach the third-place match and Johnshoy needed to lose in the semifinals to set up a rematch. Both things fell into place and Lyden didn't waste any time in getting after Johnshoy.
Lyden caught Johnshoy out of position for a moment and put him to his back, but the second-ranked Johnshoy found a way off his back to put Lyden on his back and pinned him in 44 seconds.
Johnshoy's quick reversal still had Lyden wondering how he did it after the match.
"He got out of position for like one second and I capitalized on it," Lyden said. "I don't know what he did to get me on my back."
Johnshoy beat Lyden 6-4 in the first round Friday and Lyden needed to work his way back through the consolation bracket. Lyden got a 10-6 victory Friday over Rochester Mayo's Miles Patton to move on to Saturday's competition.
Lyden opened Saturday with a 14-1 win over Maple Grove's Logan Dick and a 3-2 victory over Irondale's No. 8-ranked Ryan Weinmann.
"He had a great day," Raptors head coach Hans Horning said. "He was relaxed. He just opened up and attacked."
Lyden felt pleased with the fourth-place finish, improving on a fifth-place finish last year in his first trip to state.