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Delano’s Edward Hajas is Academic All-State

Matt Kane
Sports Editor

Delano seniors Edward Hajas was named to the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association Academic All-State Team. He is one of 28 student-athletes who was named this year.

“Edward is an outstanding leader and teammate in our program,” said Delano wrestling coach Jeff Olson. “He is a near-perfect representation of what a student-athlete should be — someone who pursues and commits themselves to excellence in the academic classroom as well as their athletics and activities.”

To earn a spot as an academic all-state wrestler, one must meet a certain criteria. That criteria uses a points system to calculate the combination of a wrestler’s GPA, number of career varsity matches, career winning percentage, state individual participation, and state placement.

Hajas is the fifth Delano wrestler to earn the honor. The others were Reier Sjomeling (2018), Tucker Sjomeling (2017, 2016), Kevin Kneisl (2016) and Cody Socher (2008).

WRESTLING: Team season comes to a close; Tigers preparing for section individual tournament

Matt Kane
Sports Editor

JORDAN — The team portion of the wrestling season came to an end for Delano Feb. 13 in a pigtail dual at the Section 2AA tournament.

The No. 8 seeded Tigers were defeated 41-24 by No. 9 Mankato East at Jordan High School.

Hutchinson won the section team title. The Tigers defeated No. 5 seeded St. Peter 35-30 in the championship dual.

St. Peter put itself in the final dual with a 33-27 upset of No. 1 seeded Scott West in the semifinals.


The Tigers spent the past week preparing for the Section 2AA Individual Tournament, which is Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22, at Hutchinson High School.

The action Friday begins at 5 p.m. That night’s schedule includes the first round and quarterfinals, and the consolation preliminary matches.

Saturday’s wrestling begins at 11 a.m. with the championship semifinals and consolation quarterfinals. The parade of champions is at 2:45 p.m. The fifth-place matches begin at 3 p.m., and the championship round-two matches begin at 4 p.m.

Try Hockey for Free Day Feb. 22 in Delano

Delano is hosting Try Hockey For Free Day Saturday, Feb. 22, from 12-1 p.m.

Only Equipment needed is Skates, Helmet and gloves
Questions Contact Kevin at

Try Hockey For Free Day!
On Saturday, February 22, USA Hockey and 350 local associations across the country will host Try Hockey for Free Day. Participating locations encourage kids, ages 4 to 9, to come try youth hockey. All locations will have limited equipment available for use.

We need coaches to help out so if you are available please attend as we try to grow our organization and get more kids involved.

BOYS SWIMMING: DWM lineup is set for section finals

Matt Kane
Sports Editor

RICHFIELD — The lanes for the final and consolation heats for the Section 2A Championships were set Thursday night during the preliminary heats at Richfield Middle School.

The finals are Saturday in Richfield.

Delano/Watertown-Mayer (DWM) will occupy 14 lanes in the final swims.

The Royals qualified in the first-place spot for the 400-yard freestyle relay. Will Merten, Gentry Nuytten, Kaden Georges and Colby Kern combined for the time of 3:27.77.

Kern was also the top qualifier in the 200 freestyle. His time was 1:48.49.

Kern and Black qualified third and fourth, respectively, in the 100 freestyle. Kern’s time was 50.11 seconds. Black’s time was 50.16 seconds.

Black qualified second in the 100 backstroke with the time of 53.75 seconds.

Nuytten qualified third in the 200 individual medley with the time of 2:04.26. Nuytten qualified fourth in the 500 with the time of 5:07.97.

The DWM 200 freestyle relay team of Joe Coyle, Per Anderson, Merten and Georges qualified second with the time of 1:35.95.

Delano/Watertown-Mayer Final Day Qualifiers

200 Medley Relay
4. DWM – Nick Black, Gentry Nuytten, Joe Coyle, Per Anderson: 1:44.09

200 Freestyle
1. Colby Kern, 1:48.49
6. Kaden Georges, 1:53.17
7. Will Merten, 1:53.76

200 Individual Medley
3. Gentry Nuytten, 2:04.26
10. Joe Coyle, 2:12.48
11. Tyler Winter, 2:14.48
14. Trent Steuernagel, 2:21.11

50 Freestyle
12. Per Anderson, 24.22
14. Sam Schuler, 24.69

100 Butterfly
7. Joe Coyle, 56.79
11. Trent Steuernagel, 1:01.00

100 Freestyle
3. Colby Kern, 50.11
4. Nick Black, 50.16
10. Kaden Georges, 52.07
13. Per Anderson, 53.71

500 Freestyle
4. Gentry Nuytten, 5:07.97
6. Thomas Kenison, 5:09.92
8. Will Merten, 5:14.27

200 Freestyle Relay
2. DWM – Joe Coyle, Per Anderson, Will Merten, Kaden Georges: 1:35.95

100 Backstroke
2. Nick Black, 53.75
9. Thomas Kenison, 59.92
12. Boston Pryde, 1:05.32
16. Sam Daniels, 1:10.89

100 Breaststroke
No WMD swimmers

400 Freestyle Relay
1. DWM – Will Merten, Gentry Nuytten, Kaden Georges, Colby Kern: 3:27.77

Today’s Schedule: Friday, Feb. 21

Friday, February 21, 2020

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Delano girls pick up big win at Orono

Matt Kane
Sports Editor

ORONO — A win always feels good, but Tuesday night’s 51-48 on the road at Orono was just a little more special for the Delano girls, for several reasons.

A win over Orono, Delano’s biggest school rival, is always satisfying, and even more so when it comes in the home of the Spartans. The win gave Delano a sweep of the night’s varsity double-header after the Tiger boys topped the Spartan  boys 64-56 in the early game. The win came in the second-to-last regular-season game.