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Wrestling: Maas, Johnson win titles at Brainerd Invitational

BRAINERD — Brian Maas and Kade Johnson captured individual titles Saturday at the Paul Bunyan wrestling tournament hosted by Brainerd.

Maas received a bye in Friday’s first round of the 113 division and the top-seeded wrestler in the weight class won three straight matches to claim the crown.

On Saturday the junior defeated Lee Schmalz of Mound 5-0 and Cole Jones of Grand Rapids 6-2 in the title match.

Johnson went 4-0 in the 182-pound class. After winning twice on Friday the senior duplicated that result on Saturday. He pinned Joseph Grove of Moorhead in Saturday’s semifinals and also pinned Bryan Tierney of Mound in the championship match.

Both of the falls came in the opening period.

Dylon Sauceda finished sixth in the 132-pound class. After splitting a pair of bouts on Friday the junior went 2-2 on Saturday. He won his first two matches, the first with a second-period pin and the second a 9-0 decision, but he dropped his next two. In the battle for fifth place Sauceda was edged 6-5.

Brody Wilander also placed sixth at 195, splitting two matches on Saturday.

Gannon Strain placed seventh after winning two of his three Saturday matches in the 160 pound class.

Bemidji’s other place winner was Tyler Maas at 126 who finished eighth. Maas went 2-2 on Saturday, taking his first two matches but dropping his final two.

The Lumberjacks are off until Friday when they head to the Big Bear Invitational hosted by Cass Lake-Bena.

Paul Bunyan Invitational (Brainerd)

Saturday’s Bemidji Results

106 - Schauer (Grand Rapids) pin Hinrichs 2:44. Hinrichs did not place

113 - B.Maas (Bem) dec. Schmalz (Mound) 5-0; B.Maas dec. Jones (Grand Rapids) 6-2. B.Maas places first

120 - Richards (Pequot Lakes) dec. Farris 7-4. Farris did not place

126 - T.Maas (Bem) dec. Young (Armstrong) 6-3; T.Maas def. Sillbrant (Brainerd) injury default; Palik (Grand Rapids) dec. T.Maas 11-0; Schock (Moorhead) dec. T.Maas 5-1. T.Maas places eighth

132 - Sauceda (Bem) pin Geis (Frazee) 2:45; Sauceda dec. Sollid (Moorhead) 9-0; Schmalz (Mound) dec. Sauceda 5-1; Sistrunk (Chisago Lakes) dec. Sauceda 6-5. Sauceda places sixth

138 - Mushel (Little Falls) dec. Treuer 4-2 (OT). Treuer did not place

145 - Gast (Bem) dec. Held (Royalton) 11-2; Jenks (Little Falls) dec. Gast 12-1. Gast did not place

152 - O’Neal (Bem) had a bye; Kummet (Pierz) dec. O’Neal 6-5. O’Neal did not place

160 - Strain (Bem) dec. Derosier (Brainerd) 6-1; Kapsner (Pierz) pin Strain 3:41; Strain dec. Harrison (Pequot Lakes) 4-1. Strain places seventh

170 - Stewart (Brainerd) pin Peterson 2:13. Peterson did not place

182 - Johnson (Bem) pin Grove (Moorhead) 0:45; Johnson pin Tierney (Mound) 1:27. Johnson places first

195 - Wilander (Bem) pin Wheeler (Becker) 4:32; Wilander pin Brandt (Frazee) 4:42; Schock (Moorhead) pin Wilander 2:54; Smude (Pierz) dec. Wilaner 2-0. Wilander places sixth

220 - Bemidji did not enter

Hwt - Weiss (Brainerd) pin Yoemans 3:53. Yoemans did not place

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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