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East Ridge senior Ryan Thompson finished second at 113 pounds at the Rochester Century Panther Invite with wins over Northfield’s Ryan Malecha and Stewartville’s Tanner Prochaska. (Bulletin photo by Patrick Johnson)
East Ridge senior Ryan Thompson finished second at 113 pounds at the Rochester Century Panther Invite with wins over Northfield’s Ryan Malecha and Stewartville’s Tanner Prochaska. (Bulletin photo by Patrick Johnson)

East Ridge wrestling: Lyden, Thompson lead way in Rochester

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East Ridge seniors Ryan Thompson and Reid Lyden led the Raptors Saturday at the Rochester Century Panther Invite by placing at the tournament.

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Thompson finished second at 113 pounds with wins over Northfield’s Ryan Malecha and Stewartville’s Tanner Prochaska. Thompson pinned Malecha in just over a minute and beat Prochaska 5-2. Thompson fell 4-0 in the championship against No. 1-ranked Paul Fitterer in Class AA from Cannon Falls.

Lyden finished third after a major decision victory over Stewartville’s Alex Higgins. Lyden beat LaCrescent’s Pedro Lopez by fall in 18 seconds before falling to Triton’s Patrick Ramirez 3-2. Ramirez is ranked 10th at 126 pounds in Class A.

Prior to the tourney, Crestin-Derham Hall defeated East Ridge Thursday 43-21 in a Suburban East Conference dual at East Ridge High School.

Thompson, Lyden, Sam Christensen, Jamze Power and Jimmy Vitt picked up victories for the Raptors.

Thompson pinned Casey Blumer at 113 while Lyden beat Josh Goldberg 7-1 at 132. Christensen won by forfeit at 138 while Power won 10-5 at 160 and Vitt won 6-3 at 195.

East Ridge heads to Mankato East Saturday for a tournament.

—Nick Gerhardt

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