Raptors' youngster in state title mix
ST. PAUL — One of the youngest wrestlers in the field, East Ridge seventh-grader Ryder Rogotzke remains in the hunt for a state championship after Day 1 of the Minnesota state wrestling tournament Friday at the Xcel Energy Center.
Rogotzke, the No. 2 seed in the Class AAA 113-pound bracket, had an 8-3 decision over White Bear Lake's JJ Andress in the first round, followed by an 11-3 major decision against Buffalo's Ryan Scherber in the quarterfinals.
In the semifinals Saturday, Rogotzke (47-5) will face off with Shakopee's Ben Lunn for a spot in the finals.
The Raptors have three other wrestlers still in the medal hunt, with Hunter Lyden (120), Roman Rogotzke (132) and Marco Cavallaro (220) staying alive in the wrestlebacks.
Also in the 113 bracket, Woodbury's Cole West remains in medal contention after winning his first match in the wrestlebacks. Brock Rinehart (145) reached the wrestlebacks but lost his first match.
Park's Peter Oyebanji (145) and Garrett Whitehead (160) both won their opening matches before losing the next two. In picking up the opening-round decision against Eden Prairie's Xander Falkenstein, 10-3, Whitehead set a school record with his 40th win of the season.
Day 2 of the individual tournament will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday back at the Xcel Energy Center.
Tanner Holt (106 pounds)
First round: Nicholas Novak (New Prague) pinned Holt, 1:40.
Ryder Rogotzke (113 pounds)
First round: Rogotzke dec. JJ Andress (White Bear Lake), 8-3; Quarterfinals: Rogotzke maj. Ryan Scherber (Buffalo), 11-3.
Hunter Lyden (120 pounds)
First round: Lyden dec. Jon Svobodny (Coon Rapids), 6-4; Quarterfinals: Israel Navarro (Willmar) dec. Lyden, 8-6; Wrestlebacks: Lyden tech. fall Sam Wolff (Chaska), 20-5.
Roman Rogotzke (132 pounds)
First round: Rogotzke pinned Tate Torgerson (Cambridge-Isanti), 5:56; Quarterfinals: Clay Carlson (Willmar) tech. fall Rogotzke, 21-2; Wrestlebacks: Rogotzke maj. Isaiah Baker (White Bear Lake), 13-4.
Marco Cavallaro (220 pounds)
First round: Cavallaro pinned Max Janes (Mounds View), 4:45; Quarterfinals: Cole Fibranz (Sartell) maj. Cavallaro, 9-0; Wrestlebacks: Cavallaro dec. Lafayette Bade (Elk River), 1-0.
Cole West (113 pounds)
First round: West maj. Grant Sussner (Chaska), 9-1; Quarterfinals: Regan Schrempp (Apple Valley) dec. West, 5-0; Wrestlebacks: West dec. Cameron Davis (Albert Lea), 7-4.
Brock Rinehart (145 pounds)
First round: Rinehart pinned Hayden LeMonds (St. Michael-Albertville), 2:52; Quarterfinals: Nate Larson (Apple Valley) pinned Rinehart, 0:17; Wrestlebacks: Rinehart maj. Maxwell Fuecker (Minnetonka), 11-1.
Donald Nde (195 pounds)
First round: Carson Ties (Rochester Mayo) dec. Nde, 2-1 (ultimate tiebreaker)
Peter Oyebanji (145 pounds)
First round: Oyebanji dec. Parker Cary (Wayzata), 8-4; Quarterfinals: Mitchell Wilson (St. Francis) maj. Oyebanji, 8-0; Wrestlebacks: Silvio Whidby (Tartan) pinned Oyebanji, 4:22.
Garrett Whitehead (160 pounds)
First round: Whitehead dec. Xander Falkenstein (Eden Prairie), 10-3; Quarterfinals: Peyton Robb (Owatonna) pinned Whitehead, 2:38; Wrestlebacks: Jacob Forar (Lakeville North) dec. Whitehead, 3-2.
Antonio Davis (220 pounds)
First round: Isaiah Green (St. Cloud Tech) pinned Davis, 1:54.