Seniors Logan Cooper, Aaron Sweeney, and sophomore Jackson Sweeney headed to the Xcel Energy Center last week to represent the Watertown-Mayer/Mayer Lutheran wrestling team at the Class AA individual state tournament.
Each Royal picked up at least one tournament win, with Aaron Sweeney eventually finishing fifth overall at 145 pounds.
“I thought we wrestled well for the most part,” WMML head coach Joe Traen said. “They all had at least one win each and Jackson and Logan were within one of placing.”
Jackson Sweeney started his state journey by facing off against Cannon Falls sophomore Ryan Epps at 120 pounds. Epps bested Sweeney in a 6-2 decision and would eventually place second overall.
Sweeney won his first match of the wrestle backs, a 6-2 decision over Perham sophomore Chase Curtis, before being eliminated in his third match, a 7-0 decision loss to Chisago Lakes Area junior Dylan Connell. Connell would go on to finish fifth.
At 145 pounds, Aaron Sweeney was kicked to the wrestle backs early, losing his first match in a 4-1 decision to UCB senior Mason Swegarden. Swegarden would finish fourth.
Two straight 3-0 decision wins started Sweeney off right in the wrestle backs, besting Monticello senior Jake Berthiaume and North Branch senior Aaron Senne.
A 4-0 loss to Waconia senior Jacob Steinbauer put Sweeney in the fifth place match against Fosston/Bagley senior Alexi Bode. Sweeney topped Bode in a 7-1 decision to claim fifth place in Class AA.
Cooper competed at 195 pounds and was also sent to the wrestle backs after a first round loss in a 20-5 technical fall at 2:40 to eventual state champion Lance Benick, a junior out of Totino-Grace.
Cooper bested Annandale/Maple Lake junior Spencer Ogden in a 7-3 decision to win his first state match in the wrestle backs, before falling in a 6-1 decision to Albert Lea junior Triston Westerlund, who would go on to finish third.
“It’s a tough road no matter who you wrestle,” Traen said. “They are all quality wrestlers with goals of their own.”
Look for a full season wrap up in the coming weeks.
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