Mason Moreno wrestles Maple Riverís Russell Caldwell in the championship match. Moreno won 12-7. Photo Mary Nelson
By Mary Nelson
Hayfield wrestled in a different section this year. After traveling to Rochester Mayo Civic Center for years, Hayfield's wrestlers went west to compete in Class 2A Sections in Blue Earth. Hayfield had a good day all around with all but one wrestler getting on the podium but only one wrestler will advance to state, senior Mason Moreno, who placed first at 132 lbs. Hayfield hasn't been to state since 2011. Four wrestlers went that year. Mason was one of those four qualifying at 130 lbs as a 9th grader. Mason got his first taste of state as an 8th grader in 2010 competing at 119 lbs. A knee injury while playing football has slowed him down the last couple years but he's healthy, strong and ready to get back up to state. It's his last chance. "I'm excited to make it back to state. My goal is to make it up onto the podium. I've been working hard to accomplish that goal." Coach Heydt had this to add, "Mason has worked very hard this year and it paid off. I'm excited for him next week". Mason pinned his first two guys to get into the championship match against Maple River's Russell Caldwell in which he won 12-7. Garrison Mindrup (#2 seed at 182 lb) was the only other Hayfield wrestler in the finals. He went up against #1 seed Colten Carlton of USC after pinning Christopher Baker of JCC in 4:38 and getting the 3-2 win over NRHEG's Nick Bartness in four overtimes. Garrison lost his match to Carlton which put him into a true second match with Trevor Grems of Medford. Garrison's state trip hopes ended with a loss and a third place finish. Also placing third for Hayfield was Cam Stadler (126) who didn't get a true second match. Morgen Moreno (113), Connor Nelson(152) and Jesus Fernandez (170) placed 4th. Cole Rasmussen (120) and Lane Canny (138) placed 5th. Jackson Heydt (106), Christopher Johnson (145), and Trey Chatman (285) placed 6th. Also wrestling for Hayfield was Dylan Arndt (160). Corey Thompson didn't compete in sections due to a knee injury. Coach Heydt said, "I'm proud of the wrestlers. I thought they wrestled well - 11 out of 12 placed. Some of the wrestlers beat kids they haven't beaten earlier in the season". Hayfield had six seniors on the team, five of which were starters, so they're losing a big chunk of their team. Good Luck to Mason Moreno, Chris Johnson, Connor Nelson, Garrison Mindrup, Corey Thompson, and Darien Edds with their future plans after high school. Your presence on the team will be greatly missed.