The Bemidji Lumberjacks wrestling team gave an encouraging performance Friday at the Cambridge Quadrangular, pushing state ranked Totino Grace and beating Zimmerman while falling to Cambridge 51-22.
Expected to forfeit at five weights, Bemidji filled three of the five to a only give up 12 points to each of their three foes.
They overcame an early 11-0 deficit to Totino to take the lead 21-11 on Kade Johnson's fall, decisions by Craig Maas and Colton Doty, a TF by Dale Norton and Drew Peterson's decision.
Totino tied it at 21-21 before Corey Huber sent Bemidji back in front with a major.
But a forfeit at 189 and fall at 215 gave the winners enough to withstand Alex Johnson's final pin at heavyweight ands win 33-31.
It was a similar pattern against Cambridge when Bemidji overcame a 9-0 deficit with wins from Jake Crosby, Johnson, Maas and Doty to lead 16-9 but managed only a pin from Huber in the final eight matches., six of which were pins.
The Zimmerman match saw Bemidji jump to a 25-9 lead after eight matches with Johnson and Doty getting falls and Logan Crosby, Maas, Norton and Peterson scoring decisions.
Huber added a later falls and Alex Johnson closed with a pin for the final 12 points in the 37-25 victory.
Bemidji wrestled 12 exhibition matches against Totino and five each against Cambridge and Zimmerman.
Eighth in tourney
The Jacks finished eighth Saturday at the Cambridge Invitational.
Cambridge won with 197.5 points to 180 for Elk River with Sibley 175 .and Grand Rapids 148 rounding out the top four. They were followed by Brainerd 134., Park 105.5 Blaine 85.5 and Bemidji 67.
Corey Huber reached the 171 pound final to lead Bemidji. Logan Crosby was third at 112 and Dale Norton third at 135.
Jake Crosby ended fourth at 119 and Colton Doty and Alex Johnson sixth at 125 and heavyweight.
Doty, however, suffered a recurrence of his previous injury in the semifinals and was unable to continue. He is perhaps lost for the season which would be a major blow to the Jacks rebuilding plans
Full details of the meet will appear in Tuesday's sports section.
The Jacks head to Hibbing for a Thursday night dual before hosting the Rick Lee Invitational Saturday.