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Cardinals 'rock' state wrestling tournament

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Greg Hoogeveen

The Luverne wrestling program qualified four individual wrestlers for the 2023 State Tournament held at the Xcel Energy Center Friday, March 3, and Saturday, March 4.
The Cardinals sent two boys, senior DJ Rock at 160 pounds and junior Sam Rock at 170 pounds.
They also sent two girls to this year’s tournament, freshman Bernie Rock at 114 pounds and eighth-grader CeCe Rock at 138 pounds.
If the last names make you wonder … yes, all four are siblings. The Rock family moved to the Luverne School District last year from Colorado.
All four Rocks wrestled in Colorado. DJ placed fifth at state for two years, and Sam qualified for state one year.
Bernie and CeCe had success but were unable to qualify for state competition.
In the boys’ tournament that started on March 3, DJ Rock placed fifth in the 160-pound weight class in a bracket of 16 wrestlers.
DJ wrestled six total matches in the tournament, winning four matches by pins and losing two, one by a pin and one by decision.
Sam Rock placed fifth in the 170-pound weight class in a bracket of 16 wrestlers.
Sam won three matches, two by decision and one by pin, and his losses were both by decision.
In the girls’ tournament on March 4, CeCe Rock placed fourth in the 138-pound weight class in a bracket of eight wrestlers.
CeCe wrestled three matches, winning two by decision and losing one by decision.
Freshman Bernie Rock placed second in the 114-pound weight class in a bracket of eight wrestlers.
Bernie won two matches, one by pin and one by decision and lost one by decision.
A rundown of the Rocks’ matches are as follows:
DJ Rock - 160lb. weight class
Champ. Round 1 - DJ Rock (Luverne) over Kade Gaydon (Blue Earth Area) (Fall 1:04)
Quarterfinals - Tucker Zigan (LPGE-Browerville Wolves) over DJ Rock (Luverne) (Fall 1:02)
Cons. Round 1 - DJ Rock (Luverne) over Jake Nagel (Frazee) (Fall 1:25)
Cons. Round 2 - DJ Rock (Luverne) over Gaven Cimbura (Osakis) (Fall 3:00)
Cons. Semis - Simon Snyder (New York Mills) over DJ Rock (Luverne) (Dec 6-0)
5th Place Match - DJ Rock (Luverne) over Tucker Zigan (LPGE-Browerville Wolves) (Fall 2:48)
Sam Rock - 170lb. weight class
Champ. Round 1 - Maximus Hanson (Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa) over Sam Rock (Luverne) (Dec 9-2)
Cons. Round 1 - Sam Rock (Luverne) over Preston Mayfield (Frazee) (Fall 3:39)
Cons. Round 2 - Sam Rock (Luverne) over Nick Wagner (Canby) (Dec 6-5)
Cons. Semis - Jaedin Johnson (Kenyon-Wanamingo) over Sam Rock (Luverne) (Dec 4-2)
5th Place Match - Sam Rock (Luverne) over Landon Lehnertz (Dover-Eyota) (Dec 3-1)
Bernie Rock - 114lb. weight class
Quarterfinals - Bernie Rock (Luverne) over Jennifer Nguyen (Fridley) (Fall 3:59)
Semifinals - Bernie Rock (Luverne) over Madelyn Strohmayer (Aitkin) (Dec 4-2)
1st Place Match - Aspen Blasko (Forest Lake) over Bernie Rock (Luverne) (Dec 4-2)
CeCe Rock – 138lb. weight class
Quarterfinals - Cece Rock (Luverne) over Aliah Fischer (Owatonna) (Dec 8-4)
Semifinals - Abby Ervasti (Bertha-Hewitt- Verndale -Parkers Prairie) over Cece Rock (Luverne) (Dec 7-2)
3rd Place Match - Alley Altringer (Anoka) over Cece Rock (Luverne) (MD 11-0)

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