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Brad Rechtzigel from Simley, top, and Ryan Erdmann from Kasson-Mantorville competed in the Class 2A team finals of the state high school wrestling tournament.

Nobody to wrestle Sam Stoll in Thursday's final Class 2A match meant a state championship for Kasson-Mantorville.
 
Simley was forced to forfeit the 285-pound division for forfeiting a match earlier in the day, earning Kasson-Mantorville the freebie and six points it needed for a 30-27 victory.
 
Stoll didn't spend much time in the circle alone. He quickly returned to his coach and unleashed all unused energy with a big bear hug.
 
"We knew that was going to happen, but I don't think it mattered really. Our heavyweight has pinned every guy but one this year," 126-pound-winner Nate Thomas said.
 
The No. 1-seed won close matches and took advantage of defending champion Simley's absentee wrestlers. Simley's 106-pounder failed to make weight and was absent throughout the day. Per tournament rules, this forfeit requires another in the next round, which ended the Spartans' day the way it started — forfeit.
 
Kasson-Mantorville built a 17-6 lead, but Simley used five straight wins to pull in front, 27-20. Jake Short (152 pounds) and Nick Wanzek (182 pounds) each collected pins for Simley. Kasson-Mantorville's Thomas and Corben Hansen arguably produced the most impressive wins of the night, though.
 
University of Minnesota-bound Thomas held off former individual state champion Juan Torres, 5-4. And Hansen (195 pounds) edged Chris Bauman, 1-0.
 
"That helped us get the momentum," Thomas said. "You don't work so hard to be co-champs, you work hard to be state champs."
 
JASON GONZALEZ
 

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