Rutt, Simonette win at state wrestling

Mason Rutt and Jordan Simonette of Tri-City United High School won their first round matches at the State Class AA Wrestling Tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul Friday, March 3. 
Rutt, wrestling at 170 pounds, defeated Nick Belmares of Henry Sibley 7-2. He will face Trae Bedford of Annandale/Maple Lake in the second round. 
Simonette, at 195 pounds, pinned Brenan Peralta of Thief River Falls in 3:52 in his opening match. He will face Saylor Schmitt of Foley in the second round. 
The Titans’ Nick Johnson lost his opening match 10-4 to Jerry Simes of Litchfield He awaits the result of the match between Simes and Kyle Boeke of Princeton. If Simes wins, Johnson will face Boeke in the wrestlebacks. If Boeke wins, Johnson is eliminated.