WRESTLING: Bemidji sends three to state
BRAINERD – The Bemidji wrestling team is sending three athletes to the state meet as Brian Maas won the section title at 113 pounds, Logan Crosby claimed the crown at 126 and Kade Johnson topped the field at 170.
Just missing out on advancing to state were Craig Maas who finished third at 132 and Alex Johnson who was third in the heavyweight bracket.
“It was a bittersweet day for us,” said BHS coach Rance Bahr. “We’re excited to be sending three wrestlers to state but I thought we wrestled well enough to send a few more.
“Everybody wants to make it to state but not everybody can,” the coach added.
Brian Maas capped his 113-pound title with a pair of Saturday wins. In the championship match he pinned Drew Dienusd of Sartell in 2:07.
Crosby cemented his trip to the state with a 3-2 victory over Jacob Rositas of Moorhead in the title match.
Kade Johnson won all three of his section matches by pin, including a 3:22 fall of Tyler Gastecki of Little Falls in the final bout.
Craig Maas lost 7-5 to Kenny Mark of Moorhead in the championship match and also dropped a 7-5 decision to Austin Walls of Sauk Rapids in the battle for true second.
Al Johnson never had the opportunity to wrestle for true second but he ended his career on a positive note as he pinned Brody Jerome of Moorhead to capture third place.
Section 8-3A Wrestling
Bemidji’s Saturday Results
106: Brenner (Tech) dec. O’Beirne 8-4. O’Beirne did not place
113: B.Maas (B) dec. Rau (Sauk Rapids) 8-4; B.Maas pin Dienusd (Sartell) 2:07. B.Maas places first
120: Oldhausen (Alex) dec. Sauceda; Sauceda dec. VanLeet (Apollo) 4-3; Beack (LF) pin Sauceda 2:45. Sauceda places fourth
126: Crosby (B) pin Jenks (LF) 3:29; Crosby dec. Rositas (Moor) 3-2. Crosby places first.
132: C.Maas (B) dec. Babineau (Brain) 12-5; Mark (Moor) dec. C.Maas 7-5; Walls (Sauk Rapids) dec. C.Maas 7-5. C.Maas finishes third
138: Gast (B) pin Hanson (Moor) 2:35; Mottscke (Sartell) dec. Gast 3-1; Neinaber (Alex) pin Gast 2:43. Gast finishes sixth
145: Counter (Sartell) dec. Strain 8-7. Strain does not place
152: Martell (B) pin Lien (Moor) 2:20; Neu (Alex) pin Martel 2:40; Deuel (Sartell) dec. Martell 104. Martell places sixth
160: Peterson (B) did not wrestle Saturday and did not place
170: K.Johnson (B) pin Schluter (Alex0 1:45; K.Johnson pin Gastecki (LF) 3:22. K.Johnson places first
182: Vitale (Sartell) pins Dreyer 5:35; Dreyer dec. Kilanowski (Tech) 8-6; Berry (Moor) dec. Dreyer 4-3. Dreyer places fourth
195: Bemidji did not enter
220: Yoemans did not wrestle Saturday. Yoemans did not place
Hwt: Swanson (LF) dec. A.Johnson 6-3; A.Johnson dec. Klejeski (Sauk Rapids) 4-3; A.Johnson pin Jerome (Moor) 1:24. A.Johnson finishes third