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BCLB takes down Mahnomen-Waubun and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis

BCLB’s Lucas Reiplinger pins Tyler Hausken of Walker-Hackensack-Akeley-Nevis. (Jennifer Parker | Special to the American)1 / 3
BCLB’s Hunter Wilcowski pins Kolby Hamblin of Walker-Hackensack-Akeley-Nevis. (Jennifer Parker | Special to the American) 2 / 3
BCLB’s Trever Janssen defeats Garret Eiynk of Mahnomen-Waubun by a major decision, 10-1. (Jennifer Parker | Special to the American) 3 / 3

After a string of victories last week, the Blackduck-Cass Lake-Bena Bears continued to pick up the pins and wins, most recently taking down Mahnomen-Waubun and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis in Mahnomen on Thursday, Dec. 21.

The Bears defeated the Mahnomen-Waubun Cougars 64-6 and the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis Wolves 52-22.

Those wins come after an impressive string of victories last week, when the Bears defeated Roseau, Thief River Falls and Grand Forks (N.D.) Red River.

Blackduck-Cass Lake-Bena 64,

Mahnomen-Waubun 6

At the 106-weight class, Christian Pater pinned Will Olson in 1:27. The Bears took a double forfeit at 113 in a show of good sportsmanship, then Trever Janssen took to the mat at 120 to win in a major decision over the Cougars’ Garret Eiynck by a score of 10-1. The Cougars dealt the Bears their first loss of the evening when Kris Cukla defeated Landon Gross with a fall at 3:49, leaving the score standing at 10-6 for the Bears. At 132, Michael Staples came back with a major decision on Sam Olson, 21-8, and Trenten Juelson won in a technical fall over Mahnomen-Waubun’s Adam Syverson at the 138-weight class.

Lucas Reiplinger took home a forfeit at 145, as did Logan Dobmeier at 152, and Mijakwad Johnson at 160. The Bear’s Ian Frenzel pinned the Cougars’ Quanah Tonihkain 5:51, and Mason Smid and Hunter Wilcowski both won by forfeit at the 170- and 182-weight classes,  respectively. The Cougars put up their final fight at 220, but Nick Potlack fell to the Bears’ Saige Humphrey in a 1-0 decision. BCLB’s heavyweight, Jacob Nattress, won by forfeit giving the Bears a dominant 64-6 win over the Mahnomen-Waubun Cougars.

Blackduck-Cass Lake-Bena 52,

Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis 22

The Walker-Hackensack-Akeley-Nevis Wolves didn’t sacrifice quite the number of matches to forfeit as the Cougars -- but still laid down the first two weight classes with a forfeit to Pater at 106 and to Janssen at 113. At 120, the BCLB Bears’ Christian Schmidt pinned the Wolves’ Gavin Damar at the buzzer, ending round one of the match-up. Landon Gross took a fall at 2:53 in the 126-class to Zach Stevensen, bringing the score to 18-6 in favor of the Bears. At 132, the Bears’ Staples won a major decision by a score of 12-3 over Carter Rettke.

Walker-Hackensack-Akeley-Nevis’ Dillon McGee took the next match, a 6-1 decision over BCLB’s Xayvion Rodgers at 138 -- but the next two Bears followed up with a pair of falls: Reiplinger taking down Tyler Hauskin at 145 in the second round and Logan Dobmeier pinning the Wolves’ Kenner Bell in just 44-seconds, bringing the score to a 34-9 Bears. Johnson followed up the two pins with one of his own in the 160-weight class over the Wolves’ Colton Jacob, and Frenzel took a forfeit from the Wolves at 170. In the 182-weight class, the Wolves’ Austin Smith won a tough match-up 4-3 over Smid, bringing the score to 46-12. A total of 35-seconds was all it took for the BCLB Bears Hunter Wilcowski to pin Kolby Hamlin at 195. Then the Wolves dominated the last two matches of the night, with Kyle Schmidt winning an 8-0 major decision over Humphrey at 220, and Liam Andress pinning the Bears’ Brayden Rose in 2:24 at heavyweight. The last-minute rush by the Wolves couldn’t catch the Bears, who ruled the night with a 52-22 victory.

The BCLB Bears are on a roll so far this season, and they’ll be hitting the mats again on Jan. 5 and Jan. 6 at Pine-River and then at Foley.