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East Ridge's Reid Lyden earned fourth place in the Class AAA state wrestling tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul earning all-state honors for a second-straight time.

2013 Year in Review: Lyden reaches podium for second-straight season

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In 2013, Reid Lyden continued to set the bar for all East Ridge wrestlers to reach for.

As a junior last winter, Lyden earned fourth place in the Class AAA state wrestling tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul earning all-state honors for a second-straight time.

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Lyden was the first-ever East Ridge wrestler to reach consecutive state tournaments and the only all-state wrestler in East Ridge’s short wrestling history.

Lyden, who wrestled at 120 pounds, felt pleased with the fourth-place finish at last year’s state meet, which was an improvement on a sixth-place finish in his first trip to state.

“He had a great day,” Raptors head coach Hans Horning said after the tournament. “He was relaxed. He just opened up and attacked.”.

After losing to Prior Lake’s Tanner Johnshoy in his first state match, Lyden, who entered the state meet ranked fourth, needed to win three consecutive matches to reach the third-place match.

He did just that.

However, in the battle for third place, Johnshoy topped Lyden again, beating him with a quick pin.

“He got out of position for like one second and I capitalized on it,” Lyden said. “I don’t know what he did to get me on my back.”

Johnshoy beat Lyden 6-4 in the first round Friday and Lyden needed to work his way back through the consolation bracket.

After losing to Johnshoy, for Lyden to continue in the tournament, he would have to hope for a Johnsoy win so that he would then wrestle Johnshoy’s opponent. He would get that chance taking on Rochester Mayo’s sophomore Miles Patton — and won 10-6.

Lyden then earned a 14-1 win over Maple Grove’s Logan Dick and a 3-2 victory over Irondale’s No. 8-ranked Ryan Weinmann to reach the third-place match.

-Patrick Johnson

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Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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