Hank Friederichs wears all three of the state champion medals that he has won this year.  Friederichs was on the state championship football team and wrestling team and he was the individual state champion at Class A 138 pounds. SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS
Hank Friederichs wears all three of the state champion medals that he has won this year. Friederichs was on the state championship football team and wrestling team and he was the individual state champion at Class A 138 pounds. SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS
In the final poll of the season, The Guillotine magazine had the Chatfield Gophers at fourth; in the seeding for the state tournament, the coaches had the Chatfield Gophers third; in the wrestling of the actual tournament, the Chatfield Gophers had themselves as first!

On the way to the state championship during last Thursday's meet, Chatfield beat Pierz (40-18) in the quarterfinals, Frazee (38-19) in the semifinals, and Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (38-22) in the championship match. ACGC was the No. 1 seed at the state tournament and ranked No. 1 in the final Guillotine poll, Frazee was the No. 2 seed in the tournament, and finished as the No. 2 ranked team by The Guillotine in the final poll.

In addition to winning the state championship, Jared Goldsmith (113), Ryan Meeker (132) and Hank Friederichs (138) were named to the All-Tournament team. This is the second year an all-tournament team has been selected for wrestling. The team was presented by Wells-Fargo and the Minnesota State High School League and selected by a panel of coaches attending the tournament.

Individually, Hank Friederichs won the 138-pound class, getting wins over Nate Merten (Crookston, 6-0), Tony Lynn (Adrian Area, 5-4),Tyler Keller (Medford, 11-0) and Bryce Bruner (Minneota/Lincoln HI, 4-0). There is no seeding in the individual tournament, other than a section champion is matched up against a section runner-up in the first round. In the final Guillotine poll, Friederichs was ranked as the No. 1 wrestler at 138 pounds.

Jared Goldsmith (113) and Harvey Friederichs (152) finished second in their respective weight classes, both losing in the championship match. Goldsmith got wins over Lucas Reipling (13-1, Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena), Levi Larkin (fall, 0:44, West Central Area/Ashby/Evansville) and Esteban Teigen (8-7, Spectrum, Elk River), before losing to Austin Anderly (7-5, LeSueur-Henderson) in the finals. Hank Friederichs got wins over Derek Herman (fall, 0:55, United South Central, Wells), Dietrich Balsbaugh (5-0, Trinity School at River Ridge, Bloomington) and Brady Bos (9-0, Pipestone Area) and then lost to Logan Peterson (4-2, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City).

Also getting a medal for fifth place was AJ Riley (145). Riley got a win over Damon Schmalzriedt (6-0, Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial Area) and then lost to Kolton Eischens (5-4, Pierz) in the quarter-finals. In the wrestle-backs he got wins over Dylan Youngren (11-3, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted) and Nicholas Meyer (3-1, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg), before losing to Hunter Retzlaff (5-0, Sibley East, Arlington) in the consolation semi-finals. He then beat Devin Barthel (9-2, Wadena-Deer Creek) for fifth place.

Ty VanSickel (1-2) won his first match over Ryker VanderWoude (fall, 0:57, Jackson County Central), but then lost two consecutive matches to Miguel Ambriz (9-4, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle) and Byron Byer (2-0, Frazee). Ryan Meeker (0-2) lost his opening match to Ryan Berres (3-0, Kimball Area, eventual champion at 132), and then lost to Cody Weiland (7-2, Crookston) in the first round of the wrestle-backs.

Cody Bly was one and done with a loss to Dylan Huttunen (5-2, United North Central, Menahga/Sebeka), who then lost his quarterfinal match, knocking Bly out of the tournament.

Here are the team results:

Quarterfinal...Chatfield (C) 40, Pierz (P) 18 (winner of the match is listed first, followed by the score)

106; Brandon Ortman (P)...Maleek Hussein (C), 10-4; team score 0-3

113; Jared Goldsmith(C), forfeit...(Cole Brausen, fall, 4:33); team score 6-3

120; Ty VanSickel (C)...Brandon Sullivan (P), fall, :49; team score 12-3

126; Christopher Ortman (P)...Jake Mandt (C), 10-6; 12-6

132; Ryan Meeker (C)...Andrew Tomala (P), 10-2; team score 16-6

138; Hank Friederichs (C)...Evan Woitalla (P), 7-1; team score 19-6

145; AJ Riley (C)...Kolton Eischens (P), 5-3 OT; team score 22-6

152; Harvey Friederichs (C)...Matt Kummet (P), 4-0; team score 25-6

160; Brett Kapsner (P)...Alex Haffner (C), 10-6; team score 25-9

170; Teddy Dehler (P)...Ethan Wright (C), 3-0; team score 25-12

182; Jordon Goebel (P)...Austin Dahl (C), fall, 4:57; team score 25-18

195; Cody Bly (C)...Ryley Smude (P), 7-1; team score 28-18

220; Jacob Bleess (C)...Austin Gall (P), fall, 1:10; team score 34-18*

285; Logan Karver (C)...Curtis Brisk(P), fall, 1:08; team score 40-18

*clincher...Chatfield won nine of 14 matches

Semi-final match vs. Frazee...Chatfield 38, Frazee 19

106; Maleek Hussein...Tanner Eischens, 14-3; team score 4-0

113; Jared Goldsmith...Tanner Reetz, fall, 2:40; team score 10-0

120; Byron Byer...Ty VanSickel, 7-6; team score 10-3

126; Grant Jepson...Jake Mandt, 15-12; team score 10-6

132; Ryan Meeker...Jordan Olson, 12-4; team score 14-6

138; Hank Friederichs...Austin Skillings, 5-3; team score 17-6

145; AJ Riley...Hunter Sorenson, 5-0; team score 20-6

152; Harvey Friederichs...Austin Beaty, fall, :34; team score 26-6

160; Nathan Starry...Kevin Bradt, 9-7 OT; team score 26-9

170; Alex Haffner...Tanner Bachman, 7-5; team score 29-9

182; Kody VanDenEykel...Austin Dahl, 16-3; team score 29-13

195; Cody Bly...Ryan Brandt, 6-0; team score 32-13*

220; Jacob Bleess...Brandon DeGroat, fall, 1:11; team score 38-13

285; Garrett Malstrom...Logan Karver, fall, 3:15; team score 38-19

Chatfield won nine of 14 matches

Championship match vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City...Chatfield 38, ACGC 22

106; Rylan Molinaro...Maleek Hussein, 3-2; team score 0-3

113; Jared Goldsmith...Brennan Holien, fall, 3:49; team score 6-3

120; Ty Van Sickel...AJ Schmidt, fall, 2:37; team score 12-3

126; Jake Mandt...Cameron Whitcomb, 10-2; team score 16-3

132; Ryan Meeker...Tyler Berghuis, 4-1; team score 19-3

138; Hank Friederichs...Derek Dengerud, 11-3; team score 23-3

145; Larry Bomstad...Tye Bentz, fall, 1:03; team score 23-9

152; Logan Peterson...AJ Riley, 4-0; team score 23-12

160; Harvey Friederichs...Sheldon Rasmussen, 5-0; team score 26-12

170; Alex Haffner...Jordan Nelson, 9-2; team score 29-12

182; Maverick Whitcomb...Austin Dahl, 9-0; team score 29-16

190; Cody Bly...Cody Berghuis, 4-2 OT; team score 32-16*

220; Lucas Damm...Ian Morrison, fall, 1:00; team score 32-22

285; Jacob Bleess...Jordan Fester, fall, :51; team score 38-22

Chatfield won nine of 14 matches.

Six Chatfield wrestlers went undefeated (3-0) through the dual meets, eventually leading to the state championship: Jared Goldsmith (113), Ryan Meeker (132), Hank Friederichs (138), Harvey Friederichs (152/160), Cody Bly (195) and Jacob Bleess (220/285). Going 2-1 were Ty VanSickel (120), AJ Riley (145/152), and Alex Haffner (170/160). Logan Karver was .500, at 1-1 for the team tournament.

Others wrestling for the Gophers, in their complete team win were, Maleek Hussein (106, 1-2), Jake Mandt (126, 1-2), Tye Bentz (145, 0-1), Kevin Bradt (160, 0-1), Austin Dahl (182, 0-3), and Ian Morrison (220, 0-1).

Many of the losses suffered by the wrestlers were team point-savers...in other words, wrestlers may have lost a match, but they lost a three-point decision, not giving up the major decision, tech fall, or pin.