Antonio Ortiz (106 24-7) and Nathan Winter (132 ) will have wrestle well to medal at the state Class AA meet this weekend. Neither the 24-7 Ortiz or the 33-5 Winter are currently ranked among the top 10 in the Guillotine rankings.
Ortiz is the oldest member of his weight division at state. He will begin his state meet facing unranked Kole Krause of Bloomington Kennedy. A ninth grader Krause has a 26-12 record. Ranked wrestlers in the division include” #1 Matt Peterson-Byron (12, 35-0), #2-Jaxson Rohman-Fairmont/Martin County West (8, 36-1), #3-Nathan Garceau-Foley (11 21-1), #4-Nic Cantu-Albert Lea (10, 30-4), #5 Kyle Boeke, Princeton (8, 31-4), #8 Nick Johnson-Tri-City United (10, 31-5). Unranked wrestlers in the weight class are: Hunter Baker-Luverne (8 28-10), Cobly Dunkel-New Prague (9 23-11), Bryce Golden-Bemidji (10 27-13), Cameron Wigand-South St. Paul (8 27-12), Cael Berg-Simely (8 28-11), Edwin Pesantez-Columbia Heights (11, 21-9), and Francis Fuenffinger-Hibbing (10 25-16). A victory over Krause would place him against either Garceau or Wigand. A first round loss would mean Ortiz would have to wait to see how Krause does in the second round. A second round win by Krause mean Ortiz is in the playbacks. A second round loss means his season is over.
Winter has state experience going for him. He is a three-time state entry, the first of SCM to do so. The winner be facing unranked Xavier Judge of Bloomington Kennedy (11 29-11). The winner will face tier #7 ranked Kellen Schauer-Grand Rapids (10 39-2), or unranked Tyler Shackle-Scott West (10, 30-12). Other ranked wrestlers in the bracket are: #1-Tucker Sjomelling-Delano (12 38-1), #3-Reed DeFrang-Plaineview-Elgen-Millville (12, 34-1), #3-Ben Nelson-Perham (12 17-3), #6-Sam Tibbits-Litchfield (12 36-7), #9-Sean Hock-New Ulm (10 37-4), and #10-Nick Fite-Fridley (11 33-6)
Unranked wrestlers in the bracket are: Tryik Sann-Henry Sibley (12, 32-10), Payton Anderson-Fairmont-Martin County West (9 36-7), Jack Vaselaar-Winona/Winona Cotter (11 27-12), Austin Soonek-North Branch (9, 22-10), Antonio Cortez-South St. Paul (11 31-11), Tate Card-Hutchinson (10 25-16).
The swimming preliminaries of the Class A meet will be Friday. Those finishing in the top eight qualify for the state championship. Those finishing 9 to 16 qualify for the consolation heat. Going into Friday, the following are where Fusion swimmers are ranked by their times.
50FS: Kenny Warzecha 21.97-Sixth
100FLY: Warzecha 53.30-Sixth
100FS: Isaac Schreiner 50.01-27th
500FS: Spencer Van Beck 5:03.71-17th.
100BK: Isaac Scheiner 56.30-15th
100BT: Dylan Fleischhacker-17th.