WRESTLING: Bemidji wins Paul Bunyan invite with 3 first-place finishers

The Bemidji High School wrestling team came out on top of the Paul Bunyan Tournament in Brainerd with 205 team points and three individual winners.

The Bemidji High School wrestling team won the Paul Bunyan Tournament, held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 10-11, 2021, in Brainerd. (Contributed)

BRAINERD -- The Bemidji High School wrestling team came out on top of the Paul Bunyan Tournament in Brainerd with 205 team points and three individual winners.

Seth Newby won the 170-pound bracket with a perfect 4-0 run featuring three pins and a major decision. Newby pinned his first-round opponent in 12 seconds, won by fall in 3:22 of the quarterfinals and advanced into the championship with a 14-1 MD. In the finals, Newby defeated Sam Nistler of Eden Valley-Watkins by fall in 1:54.

At 160 pounds, Thade Osborn conquered the bracket with a 3-0 run. After a first-round bye, he won by fall in the quarterfinals and through a 14-1 major decision in the semifinals. In the championship, Osborn defeated Caden Ruhoff of Foley 5-2.

Nate Schwinghammer, who also went 3-0, was the Lumberjacks’ other championship wrestler on the weekend. At 220 pounds, Schwinghammer won by fall in the quarterfinals and snuck through the semis on a 5-4 decision. In the title bout, Schwinghammer was a 9-2 victor over Mound-Westonka’s Sam Dioszeghy.

BHS also had four third-place finishers: Gabe Morin (106 pounds), Nick Strand (113), Coy Olsen (160) and Barrick Nelson (195).


The Bemidji girls also competed, highlighted by Tori Bahr’s first-place run in the 126-pound bracket. Macie Webb came in second in the 152-160 bracket, and Imrie Mistic placed third at 126.

On deck for the Jacks is a home match against Detroit Lakes at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, at the BHS Gymnasium.

Team Results

1-Bemidji 205; 2-Brainerd 165.5; T3-Foley 122; T3-St. Cloud Tech 122; T5-Grand Rapids 120; T5-Little Falls 120; 7-Pierz 118; 8-Sartell-St. Stephen 110; 9-Mound-Westonka 93; 10-Eden Valley-Watkins 89.5; 11-Frazee 87.5; 12-Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena 59.5; 13-Staples Motley 40; 14-White Bear Lake 39; 15-Chisago Lakes 7; 16-Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 0.

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