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Heavyweight Alex Johnson was in control all the way in scoring a 9-1 win over Jerrod Nieland of St, Cloud Tech in the Jacks opening match of their triangular. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Bemidji HS wrestling: Jacks wrap up the regular season by hosting triangular

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The Bemidji Lumberjacks wrestling team fell in both matches Friday to end the regular season.

 Bemidji lost to St. Cloud Tech 58-15 in the opener and to Moorhead 43-28 in the third match.

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The Tigers turned back Moorhead 42-21 in the second match of the night.

Bemidji ended at 5-17 in duals. They will begin preparations for the Section 8-3A team event at Alexandria next Saturday and return home to host the section individual meet Feb. ,26-27.

Tech was by far the class of the evening. The Tigers rolled up a 30-3 lead on Bemidji after six bouts and went on to win handily.

They held a 10-4 match split with seven pins and two forfeits.

Bemidji had a 5-0 decision from Logan Crosby at 112, an 8-3 win by Dale Norton at 140, Corey Huber's forfeit at 171 and a 9-1 decision by heavyweight Alex Johnson.

Tech held a slim 10-9 lead in takedowns.

A forfeit and three straight pins widened an early 6-3 lead to 30-3.

Bemidji had more success with Moorhead, taking an early 9-6 lead on a pin by Nick Ness at 103 an Jake Crosby's win at 119.

A decision by Craig Maas at 139 tied the score at 12-12 and Norton's major 17-4 decision sent the Jacks ahead 16-15.

Back to back pins by the Spuds lifted them to a 27-16 lead which Bemidji wiped out on Huber's pin 160 and another by LeRoy Pacheco at 171 to go ahead for the final time 28-27.

But Moorhead used a decided weight advantage for a fall at 189 and 3-2 decision at 215 where Brent Fredrickson spotted his opponent 40 pounds.

Alex Johnson then went the distance with multi talented Mark Wychor (31-1) though beaten 13-3 on five takedowns.

Bemidji held a 16-13 lead in takedowns. Moorhead held an 8-6 match split The Spuds closed at 11-7.

Tech rolled up a 27-3 lead on Moorhead after seven matches in their bout and was never in trouble.

The Tigers had five falls. Moorhead had none.

Ness' pin against Moorhead came one start after Tyler O'Beirne registered his first fall against BCLB.

O'Beirne was victimized by his lack of weight when Tech called him for failing to make the minimum 90 pounds to wrestle at 103 and Bemidji was forced to forfeit. The call is a rarity in the sport.

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