Four Milaca wrestlers gain state individual berths

Four Milaca wrestlers placed second at the Section 7AA Individual Tournament Saturday at North Branch and gained berths to the Class AA State Individual Tournament.

Sophomore Dru Kuchenbaker at 138 pounds, junior Aaron Moscho at 152, junior Austin Weidner at 182 and senior Brandon Merten at heavyweight each placed second. The top two placers at each weight class advance to the state tournament.

Eighth-grader Jon Hall at 106, senior Ray Hoffman at 120, junior Jack Barsody at 145, junior Josh Otten at 170 and junior Colton Sailor at 220 each placed third. Junior Zach Peterson at 195 placed fourth.

The Class AA Individual Tournament begins Friday, Feb. 28, at 11 a.m. at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Milaca, champion of Section 7AA, will face Section 2AA champion Scott West in the quarterfinals of the Class AA State Team Tournament Thursday, Feb. 27, at 11 a.m. at the Xcel Energy Center. The Wolves topped Mora 30-24 to win the 7AA title Friday, Feb. 14, at Cloquet.