Princeton senior Billy McClay closed out his career in style with a strong run through the 170 lb. brackets to place third at last weekend’s State Wrestling Tourney at the Xcel Center.
McClay began his tourney in Friday’s Class AA prelims with a 1-0 decision over Kasson-Mantorville’s Bigelow. In the quarterfinals, Foley’s Kelvington got past the Tiger 4-3. Kelvington was defeated 5-2 in the semis by Tri-City’s Josh Selly who went on to win the 170 championship.
McClay worked through the wrestlebacks with a 14-4 major over Patrick Henry’s Serrata-Sawdey Friday night. He returned Saturday morning to post a 6-0 shutout on Worthington’s Schroeder which got him into medal contention.
McClay followed with a 7-3 decision over Becker’s Lee. Then in a great close to the wrestling career, McClay defeated Chisago Lakes’ strong man Joe Virga 2-1 in the third-place match. Virga (33-2) had defeated McClay in four matches by one point each this season, including in the Section 7AA 170 finals.
McClay finished the season at 35-7, medaling in his second State berth. His 135 career victories is tops all-time for Princeton Wrestling.
• Junior Jake Pramann went 1-2 for the Tigers in the 160 brackets. He opened with a 9-4 loss to Miller of Plainview-Elgin-Millville in the prelims. Pramann got his 31st win of the season by downing Becker’s Zimmer 5-4 in the wrestlebacks. Worthington’s Kempema then got an overtime toss for a 7-3 decision over Pramann.
Senior Cole Warren was the final Princeton representative at State. His lone match was a 7-5 loss to Totino-Grace’s Flomo, then Flomo was defeated by Simley’s Ryan in the quarters which kept Warren from the wrestlebacks. Warren finished with a 21-10 record this season.