WRESTLING: Two Jacks advance in Class 3A consolation bracket
ST. PAUL -- Bemidji High School senior Hunter Schoenborn and junior Chance Hinrichs survived through day one of the Class 3A individual state wrestling tournament Friday, each suffering just one loss to put them in the consolation bracket at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
At 195 pounds, Schoenborn dropped his first match to Buffalo’s Jacob Scherber in a 5-1 decision before beating Carson Ties of Rochester Mayo 4-2.
Hinrichs went 2-1 on the day in the 152-pound bracket, starting with a 15-3 major decision over Rogers’ Jake Born before losing in a technical fall against Alex Lloyd of Hopkins.
He then went on to take a win-or-go-home match by pinning Joe Jeans of Blake in 4 minutes, 41 seconds.
“I think think things are going probably as expected,” BHS head coach Rance Bahr said. “We had several kids down here who haven’t had the experience of being down to the state tournament. We sent seven from our section, so we were excited about that. We still have two kids going in the consolation bracket tomorrow. They both need to win one more to place.”
Also picking up wins before being eliminated was Seth Newby (106), who pinned Eden Prairie’s Bryce Dagel in 5 minutes, 49 seconds.
“We’d have liked to maybe win a few more matches, but it’s a great experience for the kids, great opportunities for them,” said Bahr. “We’re looking forward to what we can do in the future. Next year, we’ll have six returning state entrants, so we’re really excited about that. We’ve got a lot of depth and a lot of numbers in our room. We have a lot of talent, so it just raises the bar, raises the expectations for next year.”
Schoenborn opens this morning’s consolation session against New Prague’s Brennan Rutt, while Hinrichs takes on Simon Bryce of Little Falls, both at 9 a.m.