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Woodbury junior Ben Donnelly, anked sixth at 145 pounds, defeated unranked Anoka junior Preston Flaherty (13-10) with a 9-3 decision in the opening round. Donnelly (37-4) will now face fourth-ranked Apple Valley sophomore Brock Morgan (41-4) in round two.

Woodbury wrestling: Donnelly, Herold-Plakut win first-round matches at state tournament

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Woodbury’s Ben Donnelly and Justin Herold-Plakut advanced at the 2013-14 State Wrestling Tournament, however, the rest of the Royals will need a little help after losing in the first round of the Class AAA bracket on Friday, Feb. 28.

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Donnelly, a junior ranked sixth at 145 pounds, defeated unranked Anoka junior Preston Flaherty (13-10) with a 9-3 decision in the opening round. Donnelly (37-4) will now face fourth-ranked Apple Valley sophomore Brock Morgan (41-4) in round two.

Herold-Plakut, a senior ranked No. 1 in Class AAA at 152 pounds, won 6-2 over unranked Cambridge-Isanti junior David Kent (33-10). Herold-Plakut (39-3) will take on No. 4-ranked Shakopee sophomore Owen Webster (29-5) in the second round.

Woodbury sent a school-record seven individual wrestlers to the state tournament this year.

In the 113-pound bracket unranked Woodbury freshman Austin Braun (29-10) lost 6-1 to fourth-ranked Centennial freshman Jake Bergeland (39-3) with a 6-1 decision in the first round. At 126 pounds, fifth-ranked junior Ty Johnson (29-10) lost a 6-0 decision to unranked Rochester John Marshall sophomore Logan Saltou (29-5). At 132 pounds, unranked senior Matt Delaney (34-8) lost 10-4 to No. 4-ranked Wayzata senior Nick O’Brien (36-3). In the 160-pound bracket unranked senior Howard Jones (24-11) lost 9-6 to unranked Centennial senior Tom Handley (35-7). And, at 195 pounds, senior John McNiff (21-14) was pinned by unranked Park Center senior Julius Ogunti (24-4).

Braun, Johnson, Delaney, Jones and McNiff now need their first-round opponents to win their second-round matches later tonight in order to stay alive. The Class AAA second round begins at 6:30 p.m.

—Patrick Johnson

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Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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