Roseville quartet competes in state wrestling tournament

Four Roseville Area High School grapplers closed out their season by competing in the state tournament last week at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Two Raiders lasted four rounds, one went three and the other finished 0-1.

Seniors December Htoo and Isaac Schmaedeke both posted 2-2 records in their respective weight classes.

Htoo, competing at 126 pounds, opened the tournament with a 14-8 victory over Anoka’s Calvin Germinaro, but then lost 5-4 to Owatonna’s Tanner Cole. In wrestlebacks, Htoo picked up an 8-6 decision over Chanhassen’s Collin Olevson before losing 4-3 to Mounds View’s Karl Keeler. Htoo finished his season with a record of 37-6.

At heavyweight, Schmaedeke kicked off the state tournament with a second-period pin of Owatonna’s Austin Abbas before losing 6-1 to Andrew Piehl of Rogers. Schmaedeke pinned Kyle Johnson of Mound Westonka in the first period in the first round of wrestlebacks and then dropped an 8-6, overtime decision to Eastview’s Tim Duffy. Schmaedeke went 37-4 this season.

Senior Tyler Graham, wrestling at 170 pounds, got started on a high note when he pinned Minnetonka’s Avery Garski in the second period. In the second round, Graham lost 14-4 to Lakeville South’s Dalton Peterson.

Graham’s run in the tournament came to an end in the first round of wrestlebacks when he lost 4-2 to David Kent of Cambridge-Isanti. Graham’s record this season was 35-8.

Hsinku Lay was Roseville’s only non-senior state entrant, and he wrestled only once in the tournament. Lay suffered a 6-4 defeat at the hands of Maple Grove’s Will Suehr in the first round and when Suehr lost his next match, Lay’s stay in the tournament was over. Lay finishes the season with a record of 30-13.

—Brian Meyers

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