Eight Bemidij wrestlers place at Rick Lee Invitational
The Bemidji wrestling team entered 10 weight classes during Saturday's Rick Lee Invitational and nine of the athletes finished the meet.
Of those nine, eight placed at least fourth and BHS coach Rance Bahr was elated by his team's overall performance.
"We had five kids make the finals and we finished with one champion and four seconds," Bahr said. "We also had two kids finish third and another place fourth.
"There was great competition in this meet and to have eight of our nine kids place, from a coach's standpoint, we had a great tournament."
Badger-Greenbush-Middle River captured the team championship with 204.5 points and Perham was second with 182.5. Little Falls claimed third with 152 and the Lumberjacks were fourth with 146.5.
Trailing the field were Aitkin, BCLB, Royalton, Roseau, Nashwauk-KG and Cloquet.
Brian Maas was Bemidji's champion as he captured the 106-pound title with a 7-0 victory over Wyatt Becker of BGMR in the final.
Contributing second-place finishes were Logan Crosby at 120, Craig Maas at 138, Colton Doty at 145 and Kodi Craft at 152.
Kade Johnson placed third at 170 as did Al Johnson at heavyweight while Dylon Sauceda was fourth at 113.
"We were involved in many one and two-point matches," Bahr. "Some of them we won and some of them we lost.
"We purposely had four open weights at the start because we wanted to have some of our kids who have seen varsity competition wrestle in the junior varsity meet instead so they could get some confidence," the coach continued. "From that perspective, and with our varsity performances, I think we had a great meet."
BGMR 204.5, Perham 182.5, Little Falls 152, Bemidji 146.5, Aitkin 143, BCLB 124, Royalton 94, Roseau 78.5, Nashwauk-KG 22.5, Cloquet-Esko 9
106-Brian Maas (B) pin Neu (Roy) 1:34; Maas pin Jenks (LF) 1:24; Maas dec. Becker (BGMR) 7-0. Maas wins championship
113-Dylon Sauceda (B) dec. Braton (Ait) 8-2; Pirrotta (Per) dec. Sauceda 3-1; Sauceda pin Dalton (Roy) 0:39; Lange (LF) dec. Sauceda 10-9. Sauceda finishes fourth
120-Logan Crosby (B) pin Olsen (Ros) 3:03; Crosby dec. Novak (Ait) 3-2; Novacek (BGMR) dec. Crosby 13-9. Crosby finishes second
126-Bemidji did not enter
132-Wold (Ait) pin Robert Treuer (B) 4:16; Hegna (Roy) dec. Treuer 5-1. Treuer did not place
138-Craig Maas (B) major dec. Olson (LF) 9-1; Maas dec. Gust (BGMR) 10-2; Sailer (Per) dec. Maas 3-1. Maas finishes second
145-Colton Doty (B) pin Phillip (Ait) 1:33; Doty pin Jenson (BGMR) 3:57; Kifer (LF) dec. Doty 10-1. Doty finishes second
152-Kodi Craft (B) pin Dostal (BGMR) 3:22; Craft dec. Haverland (Per) 2-1; Chouanard (Ait) pin Craft 3:13. Craft finishes second
162-Bemidji did not enter
170-Kade Johnson (B) major dec. Gross (BCLB) 12-1; Bast (Ait) pin Johnson 2:28; Johnson dec. Gastecki (LF) 14-5; Johnson tech. fall Gross (BCLB) 16-0. Johnson finishes third
182-Brenden Fredriksen (B) had a bye; Fredriksen forfeits. Fredriksen did not place
195-Bemidji did not enter
220-Bemidji did not enter
Hwt-Alex Johnson (B) pin Strom (LF) 0:37; Yeager (BGMR) pin Johnson 1:52; Johnson dec. Horton (BCLB) 11-3; Johnson pin Blau (Ait) 2:47. Johnson places third