Albany State Wrestling
Nick Mergen (40-1), 145, defeated Ibraham Ibraham (28-13) of Columbia Heights by pin at 3:44 in the first round of the Class AA state wrestling tournament. Mergen will face Griffin Parriott of New Prague (43-0) in the quarter finals. Parriott pinned his opponent Taw Lo Moo (25-11) of St. Paul Washington Technology Magnet at 1:25. In the quarterfinals Parriott (44-0) edged Mergen(40-2) 2-1. Mergen (41-2) topped Moo 25-12 in the first round wrestlebacks he begins competition Saturday morning in the second round of wrestlebacks. That is the final elimination round of the tournament. The winners qualify for the medal round, but can finish no higher than third place.