LUVERNE - Ryan Wacker will represent New Ulm at the Minnesota state high school wrestling tournament next weekend at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Wacker, a freshman, lost his first-round match at 113 pounds of the Section 3AA tournament, but wrestled all the way back to pin No. 1-seeded Donny Bothun of Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle/Montevideo United. Bothon lost to Fulda/Murray County Central's Clayton Hartle in the title match. Wacker is New Ulm's first wrestler to go to state since Luke Schmit qualified at 160 pounds in 2012.
Sean Howk (106 pounds), Austin Brandes (138), Sam Hoppe (170) and Lorenzo Hernandez (195) all missed out on state berths, placing third in their respective weight classes.
Cole Wilfahrt (182 pounds) placed fourth and Matt Hartley (152) placed fifth for the Eagles, while Jagger Hoffmann (145) and Riley Shelgren (160) placed sixth.