ST. PAUL - A total of seven area wrestlers - three from Minneota, three from Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley and one from Wabasso - will wrestle for state championships at 7:15 p.m. Saturday at the state wrestling championships at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Advancing for the finals for the Vikings were Theodore Bueltel (138 pounds), Adam Josephson (195) and Josh VanOverbeke. Bueltel will take on River Valley's Jacob Anderson, who is ranked fourth in the state. Josephson, ranked first at 195, faces No. 2-ranked Nathan Rose of Sibley East.
At 220 pounds, VanOverbeke will take on Wabasso's Cody Welch in the finals in a battle of No. 1 (Welch) vs. No. 2 (VanOverbeke). In the Section 3A finals, VanOverbeke defeated Welch 3-2 to win the section title at 220 pounds.
In Class AA, the United's John Weeding qualified for his first state title match at 126 pounds, and will face No. 1-ranked Juan Torres Simley. At 160 pounds, No. 2-ranked Sam Haas will take the mat for DB/LQPV to face John Redepenning of Rockford, who is ranked fourth at 170 pounds this season. Struxness, ranked third at 220 pounds, faces unranked Joe Schiller of Totino-Grace in the finals.