Kurtis Reardan 2010 Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament Story
March 7, 2010
Summary: Kurtis placed first out of Section 6AAA by technical fall 15-0 over Marty Broberg of Hopkins High School. Random draw for the state tournament at 189 pounds put Kurtis in the top pool of 8 wrestlers, 6 of whom were ranked by The Guillotine above Kurtis coming into the tournament. Kurtis won his first round at state with a fall over unranked Max Finizio of Stillwater (Film), putting him into the quarter finals against #2 ranked Matt Hechsel of Apple Valley. Hechsel wins over Kurtis (Film) and goes on to take 5th place beneath Scott Gifford whom Hechsel beat in the opening round. In the 3rd round, Kurtis goes up against #6 ranked Scott Gifford of Cambridge-Isanti losing 1-6 (Film). Scott Gifford went on to take 3rd place at state this year. State AAA 189 bracket link.
Kurtis says: "I did not get it done at state and there are no excuses".
Kurtis finished the regular season with a senior year record of 33-5. Kurtis had a close call with a knee injury about a month before the State Tournament suffering a MPFL/MCL strain (medial patellofemoral ligament and medial collateral ligament) Friday February 5th. Despite missing 10 days of very valuable training time, he still managed a great effort at the state qualification tournament where Kurtis was the Section 6AAA champion at 189 pounds against some very good competition.
As you may know, the Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament is not seeded and they use a blind draw. Kurtis was placed in the half of the 16-man bracket that was shared with six of the top-ten ranked 189 pounders. After a first round fall over Max Finizio from Stillwater, Kurtis faced the #2 and #6 ranked wrestlers and lost tough matches to both. Those two opponents did, however, go on to take 3rd and fifth in the tournament while Kurtis unfortunately did not place.
Although he did not make his goal of placing at the State Tournament, Kurtis feels that his accomplishments and work ethic have set the stage for a successful college career.