State wrestling: Bahr will go for third, Masterson for fifth
Brandon Bahr and Steve Masterson will bring home the hardware from the state wrestling tournament. The pair will be the last Bemidji grapplers in action today when they wrestle at noon in the third and fifth place individual finals. Both dropped ...
Brandon Bahr and Steve Masterson will bring home the hardware from the state wrestling tournament.
The pair will be the last Bemidji grapplers in action today when they wrestle at noon in the third and fifth place individual finals.
Both dropped their noon semifinal matches Friday to bow out of the championship bracket.
Bahr, at 171 pounds, came back with an afternoon win in the consolation semifinals while Masterson, at 215 pounds, lost.
Bahr pinned Luke Erickson of Bloomington in 59 seconds. He will face Logan Hansen, Albert Lea senior, for third place.
Hansen advanced with a 3-1 decision over Mitch Hauge of Elk River after losing in the semifinals to Matt Jeska of Buffalo who Bahr pinned in the Section 8-3A title match.
Masterson lost in the consolation semis 2-1 in overtime to Jason Engstrom of Coon Rapids.
He goes for fifth against Andrew Hanske of Minnetonka who he pinned in the quarterfinals.
Hanske won two wrestlebacks before bowing to Brian Leonhardt of Spring Lake park 4-2.
The noon draw was Black Friday for Bemidji as all five remaining wrestlers lost.
For three it ended their season one win short of placing.
For Bahr and Masterson it ended their dreams of winning a state title.
That pair dropped into the consolation semifinals where they could still place between third and sixth.
Colton Doty ended an exceptional year for an eighth grader at 103 pounds, bowing to Matt Luchsingrer of Tartan on a TF 18-3 in the second period.
Doty went 2-2 at the big meet to end 26-14 on the year.
Corey Huber (152 pounds) also ended 2-2 bowing to Craig Kelliher of state champion Apple Valley 11-2.
The sophomore ended another fine year at 35-9.
Jake Sorby (189 pounds) closed at 33-7 after a 3-2 loss to Ed Cotton of Champlin Park. Like Doty and Huber, he finished 2-2 at the state meet.
Bahr was beaten in his semifinal match 14-4 by sophomore Tyler Lehmann of Apple Valley.
Masterson dropped a 7-4 decision to Tony Nelson, a Cambridge junior.