Ed Lozinski and Mike Fier after the Vikings came back to beat Jackson County Central at the Section 3A wrestling tournament at Windom on Saturday.
Minneota Viking fans, although dejected about losing to Tracy-M-B/W-WG for the section finals, did have some nice moments. The come-from-behind win over Jackson County Central, 36-33 was cause for celebration and both Ed Lozinski and Mike Fier had a good time celebrating the win.
One of Minneota's nice wins on Saturday was Cole VanOverbeke's 9-1 win over Nash Mayer of Tracy-M-B/W-WG.
Minneota's Cole VanOverbeke took on a tough Nash Mayer of Tracy-M-B-W-WG in the Section 3A finals and beat him, 9-1. It wasn't enough and the Panthers went on to win the Section 3A crown, 36-22.
Assistant Coach Matt Buysse, with head Coach Joel Skillings in the background, watched as Minneota's dream of getting the wrestling team back in state went up in smoke Saturday afternoon.
It was one of those, 'THRILL OF VICTORY," and the "AGONY OF DEFEAT," afternoons. Minneota rallied on the last two matches by the Esping boys — Jackson and TJ, to defeat Jackson County Central, 36-33 in the semifinals of the Section 3A Championships.
Lizzy Gillingham may have been surrounded by RTR's Catherine Vogt and Chloe Hess, but she didn't let it bother her. She scored 17 points.
The coach looked like a man of contentment. If he'd had a lazy chair at the RTR gym he probably would have laid back and smiled. Coach Chad Johnston's Minneota Vikings had just defeated Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, 74-41 and finished a 21-4 season with a No. 1 ranking in Section 3A North.
Grace Jeremiason knocks 'em down.
The idea was to have a team member push you toward the stack of cups and hopefully, knock them down. Grace Jeremiason accomplished this feat for the junior class during SnoBall activities this week.
Skylar Gilbertson battled Coach Chad Johnston.
Minneota Senior Skylar Gilbertson got in a battle of the plunger wars with his football coach, Chad Johnston. The idea was to slide around an oval by using plungers. Once two teams had finished, another team member was pushed toward a pile of cups in an effort to bowl them over. The two had a battle going around the curve.
Ed Lozinski and Mike Fier after the Vikings came back to beat Jackson County Central at the Section 3A wrestling tournament at Windom on Saturday.
One of Minneota's nice wins on Saturday was Cole VanOverbeke's 9-1 win over Nash Mayer of Tracy-M-B/W-WG.
Assistant Coach Matt Buysse, with head Coach Joel Skillings in the background, watched as Minneota's dream of getting the wrestling team back in state went up in smoke Saturday afternoon.
Lizzy Gillingham may have been surrounded by RTR's Catherine Vogt and Chloe Hess, but she didn't let it bother her. She scored 17 points.
Grace Jeremiason knocks 'em down.
Skylar Gilbertson battled Coach Chad Johnston.

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TJ Esping gets a big win.

TJ Esping was working toward a quick pin against Tycin Bejarano of Jackson County Central. He got it and Minneota won the semifinal match against the Huskies, 36-33.

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Wendy Eischens, 63, of Minneota, died on Saturday, February 10, 2018, surrounded by family at the Sanford Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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