Estherville Lincoln Central wrestlers Oscar Ramirez and Gable Bonner received a warm welcome at the high-school cafeteria Sunday afternoon after their successful quests to reach the medal stand.
Ramirez placed sixth in his second trip to the state tournament and the sophomore expects to be back next year and finish even higher. His stated goal is to finish first.
For Bonner, it marks the end of a successful career. The senior heavyweight still has two more sports seasons as he throws shot put and discus in track and returns to the baseball diamond in the summer.
As athletic director Brian DeJong said, wrestling is a challenging and demanding sport which requires a lot of time and effort.
The efforts of these two young gentlemen are the results of their hard work and dedication to the sport.
Congratulations to them and the wrestling team for their accomplishments this season.
Good job area wrestlers
Congratulations to the area's other six state qualifiers-five of who ended up on the medal stand.
For Spirit Lake Park's Doug Miner, a second state championship and an undefeated junior season is just an accomplishment that doesn't come along that often. He will have a chance at a third state title next year.
Congratulations also to his teammates Isaac Lundgren, who placed third, Dylan Bryce, who finished seventh, and Zach Skopec, who also qualified.
Congratulations to Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire's wrestlers for also making the medal stand.
Tyler Dalen's fifth-place finish concludes a long successful career. As an unrated wrestler,
Ty Gibson's seventh-place finish is a great accomplishment and an indication of what he'll bring back next year.