Tyler O'Beirne opened Friday's match against Nashwauk-Keewatin-Greenway with a pin and his teammates followed his example as the Bemidji wrestling team thumped the Spartans 46-24 in the opening round of the Hibbing Invitational.
With the victory, the Lumberjacks advanced to the winner's bracket round and the success continued as they belted second-seeded Princeton 49-19.
Today the third-seeded Jacks will face No. 1 Centennial at 11 a.m. and then close their tournament with a 2:30 p.m. battle against No. 4 Chisago Lakes.
In Friday's opener BHS won the first nine individual matches and bolted to a 40-0 advantage.
O'Beirne started the Lumberjacks on their winning ways with a second-period pin in the 106-pound division. John Seelye duplicated that result at 113 and Brian Maas and Logan Crosby kept the momentum going with decision victories at 120 and 126.
Robert Treuer collected a pin at 132 and three-straight decisions upped the lead to 34-0. Kade Johnson capped the initial spurt with a second-period pin at 160. Bemidji dropped the next four matches, but Alex Johnson pinned his opponent in 2:42.
In the Princeton match O'Bierne, Brian Maas, Dylan Sauceda, Crosby, Craig Maas, Craft, Kade Johnson and Al Johnson posted victories.
Bemidji 46, Nashwauk-K-G 24
106-O'Beirne (B) pin J.Bruss 2:49
113-Seelye (B) pin Weller 2:44
120-B.Maas (B) dec. Traut 6-2
126-Crosby (B) maj. dec.N.Bruss 12-2
132-Treuer (B) pin Owens 2:34
138-Masterson (B) dec. Peterson 8-5
145-C.Maas (b) dec. Holmbeck 6-3
152-Craft (B) dec. Bonderson 8-6
160-K.Johnson (B) pin Wright 3:38
170-Cobb (NKG) pin Dreyer 2:42
182-Lelonek (NKG) pin Greenman 2:32
195-Erikkila (NKG) pin Fredriksen 4:46
220-NKG wins by forfeit
Hwt-A.Johnson (B) pin Greensky 2:42
Bemidji 49, Princeton 19
106-O'Bierne (B) dec. A.Robillard 15-7
113-B.Maas (B) pin Dialka 2:18
120-Sauceda (B) dec. Smart 6-1
126-Crosby (B) pin J.Robillard 2:46
132-Messey (P) dec. Treuer 9-0
138-Servaty (P) dec. Masterson 6-0
145-C.Maas (B) pin Lubrecht 3:21
152-Craft (B) pin Ptovin 1:29
160-K.Johnson (B) pin McClay 2:46
170-Warren (P) pin Dreyer 3:25
182-Petron (P) pin Greenman 0:57
195-Fredriksen (B) won by forfeit
220-Both teams forfeit
Hwt-A.Johnson (B) pin Linder 2:13