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Titans Brownlee, Selly qualify for state wrestling tournament
Tri-City United High School juniors Mason Brownlee and Josh Selly will compete in the 2013 Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament to be held this weekend at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The two Titans qualified in Section 2AA competition held last weekend at Waconia.
Selly (152) won the championship in his weight class with a 3-0 record, while Brownlee (138) placed second. The top two finishers in each class advance to state.
The state tournament opens Thursday, Feb. 28, and runs through Saturday. The format features all of the team dual competition on Thursday, followed by exclusive individual mat action Friday and Saturday.
Selly won his section bracket as the No. 2 seed, upsetting the No. 1 seed in the championship after getting the only points in the match as time expired. “Josh is peaking at the right time of the year with a great finals match,” said Titan coach Brian Mikel.
Brownlee qualified for state for the fourth time by winning his first two matches by technical fall and his third by fall, finally losing out in the battle for the title 7-2. “Mason had a tough Scott West wrestler in the finals, and hopes to meet him again at state,” said coach Mikel.
Selly and Brownlee will wrestle their first matches on Friday morning, with the first round starting at 9 a.m.
Other Titan results from the section meet:
Justin Kopet was 0-2 and did not place;
Jonah Johnson (120) was 3-2 and took 4th place; “Jonah had a very good tournament, taking home some hardware as an 8th grader,” commented coach Mikel.
Levi Nelson (126) was 1-2 and did not place, while battling through illness and showing tremendous toughness;
Mason Rutt was 3-2 and placed 5th at 132 lbs;
Max Arroyo (145) placed 5th, going 4-2 in the tournament with a strong showing;
Marko Arroyo (160) was 3-2 on the weekend and took 5th;
Kyle Hubert (170) was 0-2 and did not place;
Joe Kalina (182) was 0-2 and did not place;
Alex Burns (285) was 5-2 and placed 3rd; “Alex had a true second match with a chance to go to state but came up just short,” commented the coach. “He had a great season, is a tough kid, and it will be great to have him for three more years.”
“Overall I thought the boys had a very good weekend,” added coach Mikel. “Hopefully this tournament left them hungry for getting back at it next season.
“The team would also like to thank all the parents for the wonderful support given throughout the season and to all the fans that came out and cheered them on last weekend.”