July 3, 2022


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State wrestling: Stillwater’s Hunter Lyden wins third title with wholesome physique and thoughts

Gophers commit Hunter Lyden loved his third and closing state title Saturday evening — claiming the 170-pound, Class 3A title — greater than final 12 months’s championship.

No. 1, Lyden was awfully banged up final 12 months.

“It’s lots completely different making ready for a match realizing that you simply’re wholesome versus questioning in the event you’re going to make it by with an damage,” the senior stated. “It’s a complete completely different mindset moving into, and I’m very comfortable I get to compete my final highschool match on an excellent physique and an excellent mindset, realizing that I’m assured to go on the market and present everybody what I’ve achieved.”

Lyden, who got here to Stillwater from East Ridge as a sophomore, and referred to as it “the best change I’ve ever made,” took a second Saturday evening to search for on the crowd and savor the second. Which may not be one thing he’d have achieved previously.

He was the nervous child who’d puke earlier than each match. Now, he’s discovered a technique to benefit from the nerves after a coach defined to him that feeling not often involves folks. It’s a pure excessive that must be savored.

“It’s one thing that makes you’re feeling. Some folks, it scares them, some folks, it makes them free, that’s what makes them have enjoyable. I’ve began to study that, and it modifications the game for me,” Lyden stated. “Individuals have a look at me now, I smile, they usually assume I by no means acquired nervous or I don’t care. I used to be probably the most nervous children you would discover. When you study to beat that, it’s far more enjoyable. It’s not a burden, it’s one thing enjoyable you wish to go do.”


Stillwater junior Ryder Rogotzke checked a pair bins Saturday evening together with his pin within the 182 pound, Class 3A title match. He received his first state title, which meant getting much less grief from pals, members of the family and teammates.

Regardless of the actual fact he’s received Pan-American titles and the highly-coveted Tremendous 32 crown, the highschool state title had eluded him.

“It feels wonderful,” he stated. “I can’t get teased no extra.”

The pin was his forty fourth of the season, which tied a state report he was very conscious of. Rogotzke has had his eye on that mark since he was in seventh grade.

He’s chased that mark, which made the state match all of the extra dramatic. Sure, he was going to win, however he wanted all pins to tie the mark, and he acquired it.

“It undoubtedly will increase (the strain), although I do know I’m going to win it, however the strain to pin him. I had the report on the road, that’s all I’m excited about going on the market,” Rogotzke stated.

Subsequent 12 months, he hopes to interrupt that pin report, and maintain and keep the highest spot within the nationwide rankings.


Jore Volk received his third state title, claiming the 132-pound, Class 3A crown. It’s a title he didn’t know if he’d have the prospect to win over the summer time. Volk had surgical procedure to restore a torn UCL in his elbow, and medical doctors initially instructed him he’d miss his senior wrestling season.

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The Wyoming signee was crushed, although not totally satisfied. Certain sufficient, he rehabbed and progressed to the purpose the place he might return midseason, after which went on to win title No. 3.

“It means every thing realizing that every one my onerous work and dedication paid off,” he stated.


After again to again seasons ending with a title match loss, Lakeville North’s Zach Hanson reversed his fortunes Saturday with an extra time win to assert his first state title.

“I strive to not let (the previous losses) get to me. It sucks within the second, however on the finish of the day, it’s only a wrestling match,” Hanson stated. “I’ve gotten to the place I’m at this time even with these losses, and I’m tremendous grateful for them, as a result of they do give me drive, however this 12 months I knew it was my 12 months.”


Forest Lake’s Daniel VanAcker was a state place winner as a sophomore. Final 12 months, he wasn’t at state, after he was bounced in tremendous sections.

“All summer time I used to be excited about that,” he stated after successful the 152-pound, Class 3A title Saturday. “Truthfully, I don’t assume it was placing in additional time over the offseason and even within the season. One thing simply form of clicked for me.”

Quite than going continuous, he made a degree to let his opponents put on themselves out within the first spherical, then the cross nation runner took over from there.


The Spartans received three state titles Saturday — Charli Raymond within the women, Brandon Morvari within the Class 2A, 113-pound bracket and Gavin Nelson successful his second title at 220 kilos.

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Simley coach Will Brief stated the title offers Morvari the boldness that may match his immense wrestling talents. Whereas Nelson, a Gophers commit, continues to indicate his dominance.

“Going into that (final) match, I knew that I wished to be actually dominant,” Nelson stated about his title-round pin. “I wished to go on the market and present how large of a niche there may be between me and the remainder of the state of Minnesota, and I assumed I did an excellent job of doing it.”


Hastings sophomore Blake Beissel received the Class 3A, 106-pound crown.