Orono wrestlers battle at state

Orono junior Bobby Striggow (182) prepares to take down Scott West’s Tyler Buesgens in the semifinal round at the state tournament Saturday. (Submitted photo)
Orono junior Bobby Striggow (182) prepares to take down Scott West’s Tyler Buesgens in the semifinal round at the state tournament Saturday. (Submitted photo)
Junior Bobby Striggow placed second in the 182-pound-AA weight class at the state wrestling tournament on Saturday.
Striggow opened the tournament on Friday with a third period technical fall over Ben Nelson of Mahtomedi in 4:53. In the quarterfinal match Friday evening, he outpaced Albany’s previously undefeated wrestler, Gabe Zierden in a 4-0 decision.

Saturday morning he earned a controlling 9-3 decision over Tyler Buesgens from Scott West. The win gained him entry into the finals match Saturday evening against section-rival Jared Florell of Totino-Grace. Striggow came up short 7-3, but earned All-State honors for the second year in a row. This was his third trip to the state tournament, placing fifth last year. Striggow’s record for the year was 42-4.

Sophomore Henry Beck (126) won his opening round in a thrilling overtime-upset decision over No. 4 seed Lorenzo Diaz of South Saint Paul. Trailing by three points with just 11 seconds to go in the third period, Beck was awarded a stalling point and then executed a two-point reversal as time ran out in regulation to tie the score at 9-9. Beck’s conditioning helped him earn a sudden victory takedown and win the match 11-9 in the first overtime period. Beck was then eliminated from the tournament after losing his next two matches.

Junior Lukas van Dyke (152) and freshman Danny Striggow (170) both lost their opening round matches and had to wait until after the quarterfinal round to see if they would be able to wrestle again. Tournament rules state that winners of the first two rounds pull both of their losing opponents through to the consolation bracket where those two will then meet. Both Spartan wrestlers were able to wrestle again, but lost their next matches and were eliminated from competition.

Head Coach Joe McPherson complimented the boys on their season and is looking forward to a stronger finish next year.