Farmington wrestling sends three on to state
The Farmington Tigers wrestling team spent two days in Rochester this past weekend for the Section 1AAA individual section tournament. Junior Trayton Anderson and sophomores Luke Peterson and MacAron Kukowski all qualified for the Minnesota State High School League's individual state tournament by placing first or second in the weight classes. Anderson was the section champion at 126 pounds while Peterson (132) and Kukowski (182) were both runners-up. The Tigers had a total of nine wrestlers place at the event: freshman Gavin Anderson, eighth-grader Aiden Han-Lindemyer, Trayton Anderson, Peterson, freshman Austin Hamel, freshman Zac Janz, sophomore Luke Weierke and Kukowski.
Trayton Anderson returns to the state tournament for the third time after claiming the runner-up spot at 113 last year and Peterson is making his second trip to state after qualifying last year at 120. It is the first trip for Kukowski. Anderson is seeded second in his bracket, while Kukowski is 10th and Peterson 13th. They will wrestle over the course of two days, Thursday-Friday, March 2-3 at Xcel Energy Center. March 1 is the team state tournament.
Below are the results for those who placed sixth and above:
Gavin Anderson went 3-2 at 106 pounds with a bye to take fourth. He won by fall in the first round against Jaden Peterson of Rochester Century, by fall over Jacob Tapp of Austin in the third consolation round and 3-0 over Cole Glazier of Albert Lea in the consolation semifinals. His two losses came to Chase Murphy of Northfield in the quarterfinals and the third-place match.
Han-Lindemyer finished fifth at 120. He went 2-2 with two byes, the wins coming in the third consolation round by major decision and in the fifth-place match by fall over Zach Smith of Austin.
Trayton Anderson went 3-0 with a bye on the way to a section championship at 126 with a fall, tech fall and major decision.
Peterson went 3-1 with a bye at 132 to finish second. He received a bye in the first round, won his quarterfinal by fall and semifinal match 9-2 over Riley Becker of Owatonna. He lost in the championship match to Gavin Ignaszewski of Albert Lea before beating Becker again in Becker's wrestleback for second.
Hamel went 2-2 with a bye at 138 pounds to take fourth. All four matches came down to decisions with wins in the quarterfinals and consolation semifinals over opponents from Albert Lea and Owatonna.
Janz made it all the way to the championship match at 152 with wins over Ethan Smith of Rochester Mayo and Josh Belden of Austin. However, he lost by fall in the championship match and then was challenged in a wrestleback for true second where he lost 8-3 to take third.
Weierke at 160 got a first-round bye, won his quarterfinals match by fall over William Krueger of Rochester Mayo, lost in the semifinals to Peyton Robb of Owatonna, beat Levi Kermes of Albert Lea in the consolation semifinals and lost in the third-place match 10-3 to Austin Underdahl of Faribault.
Kukowski (182) advanced in his first three matches with a bye and wins by fall and decision before losing to Cade King of Owatonna (ranked first in class AAA at 182) in the championship match.