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Bemidji High School wrestling: Huber and Olson wrestle at state tournament Wednesday

Bemidji's Corey Huber (left) and Evan Olson (right) will begin wrestling at the state tournament this afternoon. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Corey Huber and Evan Olson will carry the Bemidji Lumberjacks banner to the state wrestling tournament which opens a four-day stand at the Xcel Energy Center at St. Paul today.

Huber won his second straight section 8-3A title last weekend while Olson advanced by taking the true second match.

It will be Olson's first trip to the state.

Last year Bemidji sent six to the big event and saw Brandon Bahr take third and Steve Masterson fifth.

A year earlier Greg Skerik and Kaleb Young finished third and Anderson fifth.

In 2005 the Jacks placed four with Chris Miller taking third, Anderson and Skerik fourth and Kenny Schmidt sixth.

While this year's numbers are down, both qualifiers are given a good chance of advancing to the place winners podium Saturday.

Coach Rob Whelan feels that both have good brackets offering them a good chance of going a long way into the meet.

The 3A individual tournament will open this afternoon at 4 with the first round matches in the field of 16.

Tomorrow at 4 the quarterfinals will be wrestled with the wrestlebacks at starting at 7.

Om Friday, the semifinals open at 4 along with the wrestleback quarterfinals.

The semifinals in the wrestlebacks will go to the mat at 7

Saturday's windups find the third and fifth place matches at noon and the individual championships at 3:30.

St. Cloud Apollo will represent the section in the team tournament, making its first trip to the state .

Bemidji has won the section five times in 2000, 01, 02, 04 and 05.

Huber takes a 29-4 mark to the state meet. Olson, who missed the 2008 season with a leg injury, is 22-8.

He will graduate this spring while Huber will return for his senior year in 2010.