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WRESTLING: Bemidji hands out awards at end-of-year banquet

The Bemidji High School wrestling team recently held its postseason banquet and handed out awards for its stellar performers this season.

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Bemidji senior Nate Schwinghammer wrestles United North Central’s Cooper Hasbargen in a 220-pound match on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, at the Rick Lee Invite at BHS.
Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI – The Bemidji High School wrestling team recently held its postseason banquet and handed out awards for its stellar performers this season.

Nate Schwinghammer was named the boys Most Valuable Wrestler, capping a season with 41 wins and 225 team points, both team highs. Kylie Donat was named the girls Most Valuable Wrestler after helping the girls team win the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association’s distinction as state champion in the program’s first year.

Dane Jorgensen and Elizabeth Oster were named the Most Improved Wrestlers on the boys and girls teams, respectively.

Barrick Nelson and Jadyn Kelly were honored with the Steve Castagna Dedicated Wrestler Award and had their names engraved on the award’s annual plaque for display.

Seth Newby (27 pins) and Tori Bahr (9) earned the JimBob Graves Most Falls Memorial Award, while Logan Willard was given the Offseason Dedication Award.

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The Bemidji boys finished the season with a record of 33-3, while the girls sent three individuals to state in their inaugural season.

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