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WRESTLING: Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association crowns Bemidji girls state champs

The Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association has named the BHS girls team its 2022 state champion, a distinction reserved for the team that scores the most points in the individual state tournament.

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Bemidji sophomore Kylie Donat, left, is declared the winner of a 132-pound semifinal bout in the girls individual state tournament on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The victory marked the BHS girls program's first-ever state win.
Joe Brown / Forum News Service

BEMIDJI -- There’s a new banner to be hung at Bemidji High School.

The Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association has named the BHS girls team its 2022 state champion, a distinction reserved for the team that scores the most points in the individual state tournament.

The Lumberjacks had three state participants in Minnesota’s inaugural girls state tournament on Saturday, March 5. Kylie Donat placed second and earned 10 points, while Jadyn Kelly and Elizabeth Oster both placed third and earned nine points.

Bemidji’s 28 points were just enough to edge Hastings’ 27 points for top honors. Wrestlers earned points through placing rank, major decisions, technical falls and falls.

The Minnesota State High School League, the official organization that runs high school sports in Minnesota, only held an individual tournament for the girls and did not crown a girls team state champion this year.

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BHS had 13 girls come out for wrestling this year, the most of any school in the state. They were Tori Bahr, Rebecca Bullington, Makaya Gotchie, Kiera Hagman, Brenalen Fredriksen-Holm, Amber Kremper, Allie Lillquist, Imrie Mistic, Misha Montgomery, Macie Webb, Donat, Kelly and Oster.

A formal award ceremony is scheduled for the Minnesota Wrestling Hall of Fame banquet in May.

Team Results (Top 10)

1-Bemidji 28; 2-Hastings 27; 3-Eastview 25; T4-Northfield 22; T4-Owatonna 22; T6-Apple Valley 20; T6-Centennial 20; T8-Chisago Lakes 18; T8-Forest Lake 18; 10-Shakopee 17.5.

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The Bemidji High School girls wrestling team placed second out of 30 teams at an all-girls tournament in Pine Island in February.
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