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Bemidji HS wrestling: Norton finishes sixth at state

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Dale Norton returned Bemidji to the podium at the state wrestling tournament Saturday, taking sixth place at 135.

He was the first Bemidji place winner since 2008 when Brandon Bahr ended third and Steve Masterson fifth.

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That pair both advanced to the college ranks at Augsburg and Concordia, respectively.

Norton ran afoul of Tyler Stevens of Elk River who had defeated him 7-1 in the opening round Wednesday.

The fifth place match was far closer into the final period with Stevens gaining a first period point for an illegal hold and another in the second on an escape.

But he turned Norton over twice in the third period for three point near falls to expand the lead.

Norton ended 2-3 to score five points on his second trip to the state.

The Cass Lake transfer went as a sophomore in 2008 losing both starts.

He ended his senior year with a 34-10 record, winning the section title with three straight wins.

Corey Huber, who was eliminated Friday by defending 160 pound state champ Jordan Campa of SMA, closed his senior year at 37-6 and his six year varsity career at 153-83, going 103-21 in his final three years. He also plans a collegiate wrestling career.

Like Norton, Huber scored five points at the state.

The Bemidji team was awarded a state academic plaque for its combined 3.7 gpa. That was ninth best in the state but fourth in Class 3A.

Huber and Norton will be the only two senior graduating from the young mat squad which finished with 24 matmen on hand at the end of the year, up six from 2009.

Rance Bahr completed his first year as head coach.

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