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BCLB’s Daven Staples works for a takedown against Minnewaska’s Ryan Stottler during Saturday’s Class A 170-pound semifinal. Staples finished fifth at his weight class. MICHAEL VOSBURG | Forum News Service

Wrestling: Staples finishes fifth, Bode sixth at state meet

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Wrestling: Staples finishes fifth, Bode sixth at state meet
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ST. PAUL — Daven Staples of Blackduck-Cass Lake-Bena completed a tremendous season with a fifth-place finish at the Class A state wrestling tournament.


The BCLB senior ended his winter with a 35-4 record. His final win came in Saturday’s 170-pound fifth-place match when he pinned Sam Swanson of Trinity in 5:50.

After winning twice on Friday and advancing to the championship semifinals, Staples saw his dream of a state tournament title dashed when he dropped a 6-2 decision to Ryan Stottler of Minnewaska.

In the consolation semifinals Staples fell 8-5 to Jesse Slater of Adrian but he bounced back to pin Swanson.

Teammate Tanner Templin posted a 1-2 state record at 195 pounds. After splitting two matches on Friday Templin faced Jake Denn of Madelia in the wrestlebacks and Denn outgunned Templin 9-8.

Templin finished his season with a 32-8 record.

Alexi Bode of Fosston-Bagley captured sixth place in the 145 division of Class 2A. On Saturday Bode nipped Cody Ferris of Becker 3-2 in the wrestlebacks but then lost 8-4 to Mason Swegarden of UCB. In the battle for fifth place, Bode lost 7-1 to Aaron Sweeney of Watertown-Mayer.

Bode ended his season with a 39-8 record.

State Wrestling Meet

Class A

BCLB’s Saturday Results

170: Ryan Stottler (Minnewaska) dec. Daven Staples (BCLB) 6-2. Consolation: Jesse Slater (Adrian) dec. Staples 8-5. Fifth place: Staples pin Sam Swanson (Trinity) 5:50

195: Wrestlebacks: Jake Denn (Madelia) dec. Tanner Templin (BCLB) 9-8

Class 2A

Fosston-Bagley’s Saturday Results

145: Consolation: Alexi Bode (F-B) dec. Cody Ferris (Becker) 3-2; Mason Swegarden (UCB) dec. Bode 8-4; Fifth place: Aaron Sweeney (Watertown) dec. Bode 7-1

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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