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Bemidji HS wrestling: Jacks renew old rivalries tonight

The Bemidji High wrestling team says hello to two old rivals tonight, hosting a triangular meet at the Field House.

Bemidji and Bagley-Fosston will open at 5 with the Brawlers meeting BCLB at 6:39 and Bemidji closing at 8 against the Blackbuck-Cass Lake combo.

While Bemidji once wrestled three of the four schools, it has been many years and probably the first since they combined into two.

Friday, Bemidji hosts St. Cloud Tech and Moorhead in its final meet of the year.

The Jacks are coming off a 1-4 weekend, dropping two matches Friday at Apollo and going 1-2 at the Blaine team tournament Saturday.

That lifted them to 4-14, the four wins matching last year's final total. They hope to top that figure this week.

Saturday, Bemidji dropped its opener 56-18 to Coon Rapids forfeiting four weights.

It also gained one forfeit. Corey Huber recorded a fall and Craig Maas and Brenden Fredrickson decisions.

Bemidji then beat Irondale 45-30.

Jake Crosby, Kade Johnson, Huber, LeRoy Pacheco and Alex Johnson recorded falls and Dale Norton a decision. Bemidji also gained two forfeits.

The Blaine match for fifth place went into the final three matches before the Bengals pulled out a 36-35 decision on a 7-7 match split.

Bemidji led 29-24 when the host team scored back to back falls to pull away, just enough to cover closing pin at heavyweight by Alex Johnson.

Pacheco also had a fall while Logan Crosby and Norton had majors and Maas a 12-11 decision. Bemidji also had forfeits to Jake Crosby and Huber.

Milaca beat Coon Rapids 43-10 for the team title, Elk River stopped Rosemount 39-33 for third and Irondale beat Spring Lake Park 34-30 for seventh.

The opening round included 78-0 and 71-4 routs by Elk River and Milaca.

Friday bouts

Friday, Bemidji was overmatched against the top two teams in the CLC.

Apollo shaded Brainerd 30-29 for the championship between Bemidji's two matches.

The Jacks fell to Brainerd 50-14, forfeiting at 130 with neither team entering a wrestler at 215.

Huber and Jake Crosby had majors and Alex Johnson a pin at heavyweight.

Apollo closed with a 51-24 win leading 36-3 after seven bouts. Cody Thoring and Huber had pins, Jake Crosby and Pacheco decisions and Fredrickson won by forfeit.

Coach Rance Bahr plans to use much the same lineup tonight.