Patrick Ramirez accepts his second place medal for the 126A Class at the state tourney.
Photos by Chuck Rhodes
By Ruth Hanson
Patrick Ramirez and Lucas Etchason competed at the Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament last weekend and made Coach Shane Van Beek and Cobra fans proud.
Patrick placed second in the state at 126 pounds, only the third wrestler in the history of the Triton/Dodge Center wrestling program to do so. The others were Bob Bowman in 1974 and Brian Garness in 2001.
Patrick got an 11-0 major decision over Nicholas Middendorf of Long Prairie-Grey Eagle in the first round on Friday morning. He got an 11-2 major decision over Alex Erpelding of Staples-Motley in the afternoon. He won by a score of 1-0 in the semifinals in the evening, beating Jordan Biehn of Jackson County Central.
He lost 11-6 to Louis Sanders of Lake Crystal-Welcome Memorial Area in the championship match on Saturday.
"Patrick wrestled very, very well," Coach Shane Van Beek said. "Louis got a five-point in the first period and that was the difference in the match. Patrick battled back and got two take-downs. He just ran out of time. He is the state runner-up."
Coach Van Beek added that Patrick had fulfilled his coaches' expectations for his high school wrestling career.
Lucas beat Garrett Pemelton of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton by a major decision score of 10-2 in the first round of 195 pound wrestling. He lost to Nate Rose, the two time champion who was ranked number three in the nation, by a score of 10-4 in the late afternoon.
"Lucas gave him his closest match of the tournament," Coach Van Beek said. "Lucas didn't give up any near fall points to him. He was the only wrestler in the state tournament who could say that."
Lucas won his next match late Friday night, beating Cody Berghuis of Atwater Cosmos Grove City by a major decision score of 10-2.
Early Saturday morning he lost to Tyler Patron of New York Mills by a score of 3-2. Tyler had been ranked number two in the state all year and Lucas, number three.
"Lucas beat Tyler once last year and lost to him once - in the third place match," Coach Van Beek said. "Lucas gave 110 percent. He was disappointed that he didn't place, but I think he was more disappointed that he won't be wrestling any more. He was in a very tough bracket. There is no doubt he was one of the best 195-pound wrestlers in the state."
He added that even though Lucas was disappointed to have lost, he instantly became Patrick's biggest fan - still wanting Patrick to win.
"It just shows what type of leader Lucas is and has been," Coach Van Beek said. "And I want to say what a wonderful photographer Chuck Rhodes is and that the parents and I appreciate him big time."
There will be an award program for the wrestlers in about two weeks.