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Staples achieves 100 wins, BCLB fights on

Daven Staples achieved his goal of 100 career wins on Dec. 7 in Fosston. Pictured from left to right are Assistant Coach Bill Foster, Daven Staples and Head Coach Keenan Goodfellow. Submitted photo.

The Blackduck-Cass Lake-Bena Wrestling Team had two wrestlers accomplish 100 wins during their career and senior Daven Staples was one of them.

For Staples, it was a goal that dates back to when he first became a wrestling fan.

“It was a goal of mine since I’ve seen older wrestlers, when I was little, get their 100th career win,” Staples said.

The match on Dec. 7 when he reached his goal wasn’t a particularly difficult one.

“I pinned him pretty quickly,” Staples said. “I just got really excited and pretty fired up about it.”

Staples was wrestling against Bemidji’s Nick Peterson in Fosston in the 170 pound weight class during his win.

As of Wednesday, Staples is 30-2 for the season and has racked up 128 wins.

As a junior, his record for the season was 29-7 and Staples said that he thinks his senior year is going great, especially since he achieved one of his main goals.

Staples said that his teammates and coaches have been supportive or his senior year. “It’s been pretty exciting,” he said.

The Bears saw Mille Lacs in the first round of the Section 7A Tournament on Tuesday and downed them 78-6.

BCLB will travel to Holdingford and face Aitkin, who is seeded second, at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14.

The winner of that match will wrestle directly after against either fifth-seeded Holdingford or Pierz, who is seeded first.

The Bears were seeded third in Section 7A.

The Bears haven’t wrestled Aitkin as a team yet, but they have met in individual matches, according to Staples.

BCLB was paired against Pierz in early January and lost.

Andrew Nissen, another wrestler who accomplished 100 career wins this season, said that the Bears have kept Pierz in mind since.

The winner of that match will take home the Section Championship and advance to the state tournament.

Jillian Gandsey

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