Three Faribault Falcon wrestlers captured section championships and two others finished second to qualify for the state wrestling tournament.

The state tournament begins with team competition on Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Section champions from Faribault are senior Felipe Ramirez at 195 pounds with a 13-4 major decision in the finals, junior Austin Rendler at 220 pounds with a 18-3 technical fall and 285-pound junior Dillon McEachran with a 6-1 overtime win over Owatonna's Goy Tut.

Freshman Josh Oathoudt finished second at 126 pounds, losing in the finals to Rochester John Marshall's Connor Higgins via 2:26 pin.

Cain Van Ryn was second at 132 pounds after losing to Skyler Raymond of Farmington 6-4 in overtime; the junior defeated Anton Plonka of Rochester Mayo in the true second match 13-1.

Northfield qualified two individuals for state competition. Freshman Drew Woodley is the 120-pound section champion and senior John Vitito placed second at 170 pounds.

Owatonna has seven wrestlers heading to the individual portion of the state tournament and will be in the team tournament in St. Paul.

  • Eighth-grader Kaden Nelson is the section 106-pound champion.
  • Seventh-grader Landon Johnson placed second at 113 pounds.
  • Junior Peyton Robb is the section 145-pound champion.
  • Sophomore Cade King captured the 152-pound championship.
  • Senior Brandon Moen is the 182-pound section champion.
  • Senior Griffin Thorn finished second at 220 pounds.
  • Senior Goy Tut was second at 285 pounds.

Listed below are the state qualifiers in Section 1 Class AAA:

  • 106 champion: Kaden Nelson, Owatonna, eighth grade; second place: Marshall Peters, Rochester Mayo, eighth grade
  • 113 champion: Trayton Anderson, Farmington, sophomore; second place: Landon Johnson, Owatonna,  seventh grade
  • 120 champion: Drew Woodley, Northfield, freshman; second place: Luke Peterson Farmington, freshman
  • 126 champion: Connor Higgins, John Marshall, freshman; second place: Josh Oathhoudt, Faribault, freshman
  • 132 champion: Skyler Raymond, Farmington, senior; second place: Cain Van Ryn, Faribault, junior
  • 138 champion: Jared Larsen, Rochester Century, senior; second place: Brady Bastyr, Lakeville South, senior
  • 145 champion: Peyton Robb, Owatonna, junior; second place: Willie Bastyr, Lakeville South, freshman
  • 152 champion: Cade King, Owatonna, sophomore; second place: Grand Hendren, Lakeville South, sophomore
  • 160 champion: Cyrus Scott, Rochester Mayo, senior; second place: Jayden Erie, Austin, senior
  • 170 champion: Elijah Hollins, John Marshall, senior; second place: John Vitito, Northfield, senior
  • 182 champion: Brandon Moen, Owatonna, senior; second place: Darnell Wheatley, John Marshall, senior
  • 195 champion: Felipe Ramirez, Faribault, senior; second place: Monty Ridley,  John Marshall, senior
  • 220 champion: Austin Rendler, Faribault, junior; second place: Griffin Thorn, Owatonna, senior
  • 285 champion: Dillon McEachran, Faribault, junior; second place: Goy Tut, Owatonna, senior
Falcon Running Back/Linebacker Felipe Ramirez- photo by Gordy Kosfeld
Falcon Running Back/Linebacker Felipe Ramirez- photo by Gordy Kosfeld




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