Bulldogs And Knights Send Individuals To State Wrestling

Bulldogs Send 5 Individuals
by Coach Scott Hart
The OTC Bulldogs qualified five individuals for the MSHSL State Wrestling Tournament that will be  March 2nd and 3rd this next week. OTC had four Section Champions and a runner-up that qualified. The Bulldogs for the first time had all 14 weight classes place at a Section Tournament.
Ben Naddy, Marc Hendricks, Nate Hart and Zane Swanson were all individual champions. Ben is a 4X Section Champion and a 2X place winner; Marc is a one-time Section Champion; Nate is a 2X Section Champion and Zane is a one-time Section Champion. RJ Ehlert was the lone runner-up.
Other place winners were Laredo Bugbee who wrestled for true second spot but ended up 3rd. Hayden Hart ended up defaulting out to sixth place after his semi-final match. Matt Hendricks was third, Hunter Doll was sixth, Alex Erlandson was fourth, Jace Leabo was fifth, Kevin Tierney took fourth, Wyatt Thorson was fourth and Ramon Lopez-Moen was sixth.
The Bulldogs will leave Wednesday for the State. First round team action is at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, 2nd round is either 11 a.m. or 1 a.m. and the final round will be at 5 p.m. or 7 p.m. Individual wrestling will be all day Friday and Saturday with all placing matches being Saturday.
Knights Will Send 6 To State
by Coach Kevin Pick
West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville had its share of success Saturday. The team wrestled its way to six state berths with four section champions and two runners-up. Kaleb Getz (126), Kaden Spindler (160), Levi Larkin (170) and Mason Nibbe (220) were all 1st place winners. Also earning trips to state as 2nd place winners were Anthony Sykora (106) and Wyatt Olson (195). To compliment this, the other eight Knights also wrestled well as each entrant made it to the podium. There was a 3rd place finish with Alex Butcher (182); four 4th placers in Reubens Swanson (113), Jordan Lohse (120), Hunter Mickelsen (145) and Devin Stone (285); and a trio of 5th places with Chris Onstad (132), Hunter Hanson (138) and John Barber (152).