Logan Crosby, Craig Maas and Alex Johnson will shoot for individual championships of the Paul Bunyan Invitational in Brainerd today after the three Bemidji wrestlers posted 2-0 records in Friday's action.
Crosby, who placed fifth in this tournament last year, pinned Jake Zelinske of Brainerd in 2:28 and nipped Brandon Sullivan of Pierz 3-2 in four overtimes in the 126-pound class.
At 145 pounds, Craig Maas posted a 21-6 technical fall over Royalton's Kyle Lange and pinned Alex Felton of Virginia in 50 seconds.
Johnson, Bemidji's heavyweight who is currently ranked 10th in the state, collected a pair of pins Friday. He slammed James Weiss of Brainerd in 3:36 and stopped Curt Kent of Pequot Lakes in 49 seconds.
Dylon Sauceda split his two Friday matches at 120. Sauceda pinned his Osakis opponent in 5:03 but then was pinned by Keith Phell of Foley in 3:15.
The other Lumberjacks lost their openers and will have to work their way through today's consolation bracket to score team points.
Tyler O'Beirne was pinned at 106 as were John Seelye at 113, Robert Treuer at 132, Ryle Masterson at 138 Josh Dreyer at 170, Dustin Greenman at 182 and Cody Carter at 220. Kodi Craft lost a 7-2 decision at 152 and the Lumberjacks did not compete at 160 and 195.
Paul Bunyan Inv. (Brainerd)
First Day Scores
Foley 120.5, Becker 68.5, Frazee 63, Grand Rapids 46, Chisago Lakes 44.5, Pierz 44, Pequot Lakes 39, Little Falls 35, Moorhead 35, Bemidji 34.5, Brainerd 33.5, Royalton 33, Burnsville 22.5, Osakis 17, Virginia 4
106-Phillipson (PL) pin O'Beirne 0:39
113-Coyer (Osa) pin Seelye 3:27
120-Sauceda (Bem) pin Larson (Osa) 5:03; Phell (Fol) pin Sauceda 3:15
126-Crosby (Bem) pin Zelinske (Bra) 2:28; Crosby dec. Sullivan (Pierz) 3-2, 4OT
132-Dunlap (Fol) pin Treuer 3:59
138-Zupko (CL) pin Masterson 3:28
145-Maas (Bem) tech fall Lange (Roy) 21-6; Maas pin Felton (Vir) 0:50
152-Vekved (Becker) dec. Craft 7-2
160-Bemijdi did not enter
170-Smith (Becker) pin Dreyer 2:51
182-Lesedvre (Fol) pin Greenman 3:38
195-Bemijdi did not enter
220-Brandt (Fra) pin Carter 2:20
Hwt-Johnson (Bem) pin Weiss (Bra) 3:36; Johnson pin Kent (PL) 0:49