2/28/2013 11:31:00 AM Clay Broze is section wrestling champ! Five total go to state tournament
by Mike Dalton
Junior Clay Broze won the section 1AA wrestling title Saturday, and along with Paul Fitterer, Ryan Epps, Connor Rohr and Justin Miest will advance to this weekend's state class "AA" wrestling tournament.
Broze, wrestling at 220, breezed through his first three rounds, recording three pins. He had a tougher time in the championship match, winning by 6-5 decision over Jacob Claybaugh of Waseca.
Fitterer, Epps, Rohr and Miest all placed 2nd, with all four losing in their respective title matches. Fitterer, Rohr and Miest all had to win true second matches to advance.
Individual results are as follows:
106 - Fitterer, 2nd: tech. fall Douglas, 21-4; dec. Tekautz 5-0; dec. by Shea, 3-0; maj. dec. Winjum 12-0.
113 - Epps, 2nd: pinned Olmos 2:25; dec. Johnson 5-1; tech. fall by Petry.
285: Cooper Rohloff, 6th: pinned by Stoll; pinned Hotek, 2:04; pinned by Folkert; pinned by Schuch.
The individual tournament starts Friday morning, March 1, at 9 a.m. at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Fitterer (40-2) faces Cole Jones (31-6) of Grand Rapids; Epps (32-3) wrestles Abbot Aho (39-0) of Fergus Falls; Rohr (31-8) faces Jacob Steinbauer (37-4) of Waconia; Miest (25-5) goes against Mitch Struffert (27-4) of Foley; and Broze (42-1) squares off against DJ Reker (26-11) of Luverne.