Three to State for Tiger Wrestlers

Jake Pramann worked past Chisago Lakes Mark Sontag 3-2 in the tie-break to win the Section 7AA 160 lb. title.  Photos by Gary Larson, Mille Lacs Co. Union

Jake Pramann worked past Chisago Lakes Mark Sontag 3-2 in the tie-break to win the Section 7AA 160 lb. title. Photos by Gary Larson, Mille Lacs Co. Union

Jake Pramann and Cole Warren earned their first trips to the State Wrestling tournament by winning their weights at last weekend’s Section 7AA Individuals. Teammate Billy McClay will return to the Xcel Center with them when he finished in second place on the North Branch mats.

Those three Tigers will next compete in the Class AA Individuals Feb. 28 – March 1, with matches beginning at 11 a.m. on Friday. Quarterfinals will be at 5:30 p.m. that night, with wrestlebacks to follow. Action begins again at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning and carries through to the 7 p.m. individual championships for all three classes.

At 160, Pramann opened the 7AA tourney with a 6-1 decision and a pin. He won 2-1 in the semifinals before going to the tie-break for a 3-2 decision over Chisago Lakes’ Sontag in the championship.

Warren began his tourney at 220 with a pin and a 5-0 semis decision. He gutted out a 3-1 win over Milaca’s Sailor in the finals to earn his trip.

At 170, McClay strung together three straight falls to reach the finals. He had his fourth tight match with Chisago’s top-ranked Virga this season in that battle, with the Wildcat prevailing 2-1 in the tie-break.

Senior Cole Warren (right) grappled past Milaca’s Colton Sailor in the 220 lb. finals at the Section 7AA Individuals, earning a 3-1 decision and a berth in this week’s State Wrestling Meet.

Senior Cole Warren (right) grappled past Milaca’s Colton Sailor in the 220 lb. finals at the Section 7AA Individuals, earning a 3-1 decision and a berth in this week’s State Wrestling Meet.

State Tourney paths

Pramann takes his 30-10 record against P-E-M’s fourth-ranked Miller (36-7) in the opening round of the 160 brackets. The quarters could see him against either sixth-ranked Zimmer of Becker (22-1) or Nosal of Detroit Lakes (26-7).

McClay, 30-6 and ranked fourth at 170, drew sixth-ranked Bigelow of Kasson-Mantorville (33-9) for his opening foe on Friday morning. Next up could be either eighth-ranked Kelvington of Foley (14-1) or Serrata-Sawdey of Minneapolis Patrick Henry (34-6).

Warren (21-8) will begin his work in the 220 brackets against fifth-ranked Flomo of Totino-Grace (29-2). In the quarters could be either Simley’s fourth-ranked Ryan (36-4) or Thief River Falls’ Brown (26-13).

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