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State wrestling: Norton goes for fifth place at state meet today

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State wrestling: Norton goes for fifth place at state meet today
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Dale Norton carries Bemidji's final hopes into the last day of the state wrestling tournament today after dividing a pair of wrestlebacks Friday.


Corey Huber lost his first wrestleback to be eliminated from further action one match shy of placing once again.

Norton opened with an 8-2 win over Jamie Brazil, of Cooper. Taking a 4-1 lead in the second period on a reversal and takedown after Brazil executed an escape.

Brazil had another escape to open the third but Norton countered with a takedown and near fall for an 8-2 decision.

In his next match, however, he fell to Colton LaChance of Hastings 9-7.

Norton used a takedown and escape around a LaChance reversal to lead 3-2 after one.

But the Cooper matman had an escape and takedown n the second to go ahead 5-3 and added two takedowns around two Norton escapes and final takedown to preserve his 9-7 margin.

Norton will face Tyler Stevens of Elk River for fifth place today. Stevens defeated him in the first round 7-1 Wednesday.

Huber went against defending state champ Jordan Campa of SMA in his first wrestleback who scored a takedown and near fall to take a 5-0 first period lead.

He added an escape and takedown in the second while Huber gained a point for an illegal hold but trailed 8-1.

Huber had another escape in the third period but came no closer.

Both Bemidji wrestlers are 2-2 in the state meet.

Pioneer staff reports