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Bemidji HS wrestlers Huber, Norton still alive at state tournament

Bemidji's two representatives stayed alive in the state wrestling tournament Thursday, though both are in the wrestlebacks.

Corey Huber bowed 8-4 to Kevin Bright of Lakeville South in the 160 pound quarterfinals but came back with a second period fall over Tyler Jakes of Mankato West in his first wrestleback.

Dale Norton remained alive when Tyler Stevens of Elk River, who defeated him in Wednesday's opener, also defeated Hieu Kovar of Champlin Park.

Norton then beat Kovar 9-3.

He will go today against Jamie Brazil of Robbinsdale Cooper in the 5 p.m. round, needing one win to reach the top six.

Huber faces Jordan Campa of SMA, also needing one win to place.

Bright scored a first period takedown in Thursday's match. He expanded the lead to 5-0 in the second period with an escape and takedown before Huber gained a late escape to trail 5-1.

From the down position, the Bemidji grappler matched the escape and takedown to open the third period to slice the lead to 5-4.

But Bright used an escape and last minute takedown to pull away to his 8-4 win.

It was a different story in the wrestlebacks.

Huber had a takedown for the only points in the opening period, then from the top position, put Jakes away at 2:36 of the second.

His foe today will be Jordan Campa of SMA the defending state champion.

He was second seeded in this year's bracket to Steve Keogh of Apple Valley, the 2A state champ last year before transferring from Thief River Falls to the traditional state 3A champion Apple Valley team.

Norton opened his match with Kovar with a first period takedown. Kovar executed a second period escape to trail 2-1. But from the down position in the third, Norton scored an escape and takedown to lead 5-1, yielded an escape, then scored another takedown and near fall for a 9-2 bulge before Kovar escaped at the end for his final point in the 9-3 decision.

Huber raised his record to 37-5. Norton is now 33-8. They will be the only two seniors to leave the program this year.

In Wednesday's opening round, Huber led from the start, expanding a 3-0 lead into an 8-0 win with a pair of near falls in the third period.

He scored a first period takedown, then added a stalling point in the second with Centennial's Ron Custer on top.

Huber rode out Custer in the third period adding his final five points to pull away.

It was a different story for Norton who fell to state ranked Tyler Stevens of Elk River 7-1.

Stevens put two takedowns around an escape for a 4-1 first period lead, rode out the second period, then executed an escape and third takedown for his final three points in the third.