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State wrestling: Maas captures third place at state Class 3A meet

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ST. PAUL -- The dreams of winning a state championship were ended for Bemidji's Brian Maas and Kade Johnson, and Daven Staples of Blackduck-Cass Lake-Bena Saturday morning as all three area wrestlers fell in the state wrestling semifinals at the Xcel Energy Center.

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Maas recovered nicely, however, as he won two matches in the consolation bracket and finished third.

Maas lost 8-5 to Wade Sullivan of Lakeville North in the 113-pound division but Maas pinned Austin Brenner of St. Cloud Tech 24 seconds into overtime to advance to his third-place match.

In the third-place match Maas blistered Jake Bergeland of Centennial 14-3.

After dropping a a 5-1 decision to Bobby Steveson of Apple Valley in the 182-pound championship semifinals, 182 pounds, Johnson won his consolation opener with a pin as he flattened Collin Sohn of Wayzata at the 3:12 mark.

That victory vaulted him into the third-place match where he will face Joe Hoeve of Farmington later today.

Staples fell 6-2 in the Class A 170-pound semifinals to Ryan Stottler of Minnewaska and lost his consolation semifinal 8-5 to Jesse Slater of Adrian. Staples will face Sam Swanson of Trinity in the fifth-place match.

In Class 2A, Alexi Bode of Fosston-Bagley will also wrestle for fifth place later today against Aaron Sweeney of Watertown-Mayer in the 145-pound division.

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