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WRESTLING: Bemidji wins Frazee rematch 33-25

Bemidji High School freshman Robby Strand pins Frazee's Christian Carlson in the 106-pound match Thursday at BHS. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)

BEMIDJI -- Less than two weeks ago, the Bemidji High School wrestling team was topped by Frazee during the Rick Lee Invitational. But in Thursday’s rematch with the Class A No. 2 Hornets, the Lumberjacks flipped the script for a 33-25 win at the BHS Gymnasium.

“This time around, we won some close matches. We also had five or six different matchups,” Bemidji head coach Rance Bahr said. “We moved some kids around and got different matchups that we felt benefitted us and gave us the upper hand. The kids really came through, wrestled hard all the way through their matches and looked really good.”

Robby Strand opened the dual at 106 with a pin of Christian Carlson in the third period, which Bahr said set the tone for the night.

“(He) pulled out a huge pin to start the dual off,” he said. “That’s always huge to start out 6-0. That was a match he was only winning 1-0 at the time in the third period.”

Frazee followed with three straight wins -- all by top-4 wrestlers in Class A. At 113, No. 4 Michael Miller defeated Seth Newby by a 9-2 decision, and 120 No. 3 Landon Byer followed with a last-second 2-0 decision over Bryce Golden. At 126, No. 3 Tanner Schermerhorn then tallied another win for the Hornets with a 13-4 major decision over Joe Hudson.

The Lumberjacks returned to the winning column, though, as Jon Solum (132) and Nate Golden (138) came out with 9-3 and 5-0 wins, respectively. Colton Hinrichs pinned Ricky Roforth at 145 in 4 minutes, 48 seconds, as well, adding another six points to the BHS cause.

Bemidji took its largest lead at 24-10, and Nic Geiger and Peter Moen helped cement the win. At 170, Geiger earned a 7-3 decision over Logan Wacker, and Moen pulled off a dramatic third-period pin over Gabe Drewes at 195.

“Colton Hinrichs, another freshman for us, pulled out a pin in the third period. That was big,” Bahr said. “Nic Geiger reversed an earlier loss to the kid that he was wrestling, Logan Wacker, so that was huge.

“Overall, everyone did a great job and wrestled well… A lot of great matches.”

BHS will return to the mat at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20, for a tournament in Thief River Falls.

Bemidji 33, Frazee 25

106: Robby Strand (BEMI) over Christian Carlson (FRAZ) (Fall 4:20)

113: Michael Miller (FRAZ) over Seth Newby (BEMI) (Dec 9-2)

120: Landon Byer (FRAZ) over Bryce Golden (BEMI) (SV-1 2-0)

126: Tanner Schermerhorn (FRAZ) over Joe Hudson (BEMI) (MD 13-4)

132: Jon Solum (BEMI) over Kaden Hiemenz (FRAZ) (Dec 9-3)

138: Nate Golden (BEMI) over Carter Shipman (FRAZ) (Dec 5-0)

145: Colton Hinrichs (BEMI) over Ricky Roforth (FRAZ) (Fall 4:48)

152: Alan Wuori (BEMI) by forfeit

160: Tanner Eischens (FRAZ) over Chance Hinrichs (BEMI) (Dec 7-6)

170: Nic Geiger (BEMI) over Logan Wacker (FRAZ) (Dec 7-3)

182: Brett Graham (FRAZ) over Ryan Yang (BEMI) (Dec 7-3)

195: Peter Moen (BEMI) over Gabe Drewes (FRAZ) (Fall 5:43)

220: Luke Tweeton (FRAZ) over Hunter Schoenborn (BEMI) (Dec 6-3)

285: Tony Malikowski (FRAZ) over Kaleb Beam (BEMI) (Fall 1:06)

Micah Friez

Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Lumberjack and Beaver updates.

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