WRESTLING: Seven Bemidji wrestlers move to semis
BRAINERD – Seven Bemidji High School wrestlers will compete in semifinal matches today after a successful quarterfinal round at the Section 8-3A individual tournament in Brainerd.
Opening-round winners included Brian Maas at 103, Dylan Sauceda at 120, Logan Crosby at 126, Craig Maas at 132, Kade Johnson at 170, Josh Dryer at 182 and Alex Johnson at heavyweight.
Due to the nature of the bracket, Crosby had to win two matches to advance to the semifinals, but did so easily, pinning Sam Kravel of Sartell in 2 minutes, 34 seconds, then defeating Tristan Johnson of Alexandria in a 9-3 decision.
Brian Maas, last year’s section champion at 106, pinned Little Falls’ AJ Jenks in 1:29 to advance at 113.
At 170, Kade Johnson pinned Hodari Johnson in 4:34. Dryer, at 180, pinned Dylan Viat at 5:20. Al Johnson also pinned his opponent, Moorhead’s Brody Jerome, in just 1:05 to advance to the next round.
In all, 11 Lumberjack wrestlers will return to the mat tomorrow.
The competition is a double-elimination format so even wrestlers with one loss can come back to medal.
The semifinals and consolation quarterfinals are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., while the consolation semis begin at 1 p.m., fifth and sixth place matches will be held at 3 p.m. and the finals will be held at 4 p.m.
Section 8AA Individual Tournament
At Brainerd High School
Teams: Alexandria, Bemidji, Brainerd, Little Falls, Moorhead, St. Cloud Apollo, St. Cloud Tech, Sartell, Sauk Rapids Rice.
103: Kraft (LF) def. O’Bierne (B) 3-2.
113: B.Mass (B) pinned Jenks (LF), 1:29. Today’s semifinal: Mass vs. Schlosser (Brain)
120: Sauceda (B) def. Fernholz (Sar) 10-4. Today’s semifinal: Sauceda vs. Olhausen (Alex).
126: L.Crosby (B) pinned Sam Krauel (Sar), 2:24; def. Johnson (Alex) 9-3. Today’s semifinal: Crosby vs. Jenks (LF).
132: C.Maas (B) def. Schlizking (Alex), 7-1. Today’s semifinal: Maas vs. Babineau (Brain).
138: Schlosser (Brain) def. Gast (B) 11-7.
145: McMahon (LF) pinned Strain (B) 2:44.
152: Keske (SR) def. Martell (B) 17-3.
160: Z. Peterson (Sar) def. N.Peterson (B) 9-1; Yorek (LF) pinned N.Peterson (B) 4:21.
170: K.Johnson (B) pinned H.Johnson (Sar) 4:34. Today’s semifinal: K.Johnson vs. Schluter (Alex)
182: Dryer (B) pinned Viat (SR), 5:20. Today’s semifinal: Dryer vs. Vitale (SR).
195: No Bemidji wrestlers.
220: Cumberbatch (Alex) pinned Yeomans (B) 0:35; Gessell (Alex) pinned Yeomans (B) 2:14.
HWT: A.Johnson (B) pinned B.Jerome (Moor) 1:05. Today’s semifinal: A.Johnson vs. Swanson (LF)