​West Central Area wrestler is the Leighton Broadcasting - Quality Toyota Athlete of the Week.

​West Central Area wrestler is the Leighton Broadcasting - Quality Toyota Athlete of the Week. Click to Enlarge

West Central Area junior Jordan Lohse is the Leighton Broadcasting - Quality Toyota Athlete of the Week.

Wrestling at 152 pound at the Class A State Tournament over the weekend in St. Paul, Lohse earned runner-up honors, finishing his season with a record of 46-5.

Jordan, ranked eighth in the state heading into the tournament won his first round match by pinning Bradley Bernu of Mille Lacs at 4:48 of their match. In his quarterfinal match he posted a 2-1 overtime decision over Baxter O’Rielly of Goodhue and then beat Zack Holtz of Kimball Area 4-3 in a tight semifinal contest. In the championship match, Lohse fell to number one seeded Willie VonRuden of Medford, 5-1.

West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville Head Coach Brandon Gruchow summarized Lohse’s performance at state this way, “Being the six seed Jordan expected a win and his confidence was up.

He cruised through his first match racking up nine points before pinning his opponent in the third period. Although he wrestled more cautious than normal, I would say he wrestled smart. He continued to wrestle cautious and smart into his next match as well. Conditioning seemed to be in his favor when he won his double overtime match vs. the number three seed, Baxter O’Reilly of Goodue.

At State a win is a win….by one or by fall it gets you into the next round. Jordan did what he had to do. In Jordan’s third match of the tournament (semi-finals), he looked extremely well. He was on the attack and more offensive. He also continued to wrestle smart. He knocked off the number two seed Holtz of Kimball Area by staying in good position and attacking. I believe that in this match this was the best I have ever seen Jordan wrestle.

You could see it in him…he was going to find a way to win and he did! It was a cool moment! His finals match was tough. VonRuden of Medford, stayed in great position and Lohse just could not get in on a leg attack. Overall, Jordan wrestled a great tournament and his dedication during and out of season definitely gave him an edge in this tournament.”

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