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Published February 25 2012

Frazee has strong showing at Class 1A, Section 8 wrestling meet

GLYNDON, Minn. – Frazee wrestling coach John Barlund said sometimes it is about looking at the positives.

Saturday provided him and his team with plenty of positives. Frazee had four wrestlers take first place at the Minnesota Class 1A, Section 8 meet at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton. In all, Frazee will send six wrestlers to the Minnesota state wrestling tournament next week at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

“I was really pleased with the way things went,” Barlund said. “We felt we had a chance to send somewhere between five and eight guys to state. Any time we can get that many kids there, we are happy.”

Frazee’s four section winners are freshman Byron Beyer (106 pounds), junior Bruce Lemon (138), senior Rij Koenen (152) and senior Rick Brandt (220). Barlund said Brandt’s section-clinching victory was the 200th of his career. Freshman duo Austin Skillings (113) and Hunter Sorenson (132) will join their teammates after finishing second in their respective weight classes.

Frazee’s last individual state champion came last season when Kody Sorenson won in the 189-pound weight class.

Barlund said having six wrestlers go to state was extremely rewarding given how difficult the year was for the Hornets. The team lost wrestler Myrel Schermerhorn, who died in December from complications suffered due to a car accident.

“We have to look at the positives. Not only with the tragedy, but we had three kids we were relying upon this year get injured,” Barlund said. “There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes people didn’t see and it was a challenging year. We have to be proud of what we’ve accomplished this year.”

Mahnomen/Waubun wrestler Garrett Hoffner will also advance to the state tournament. Hoffner won the 145-pound weight class and is now 38-0 this season.

106: Championship, Beyer, Frazee, dec. Lundeen, Fosston-Bagley, 5-1. True second, Lundeen, FB, dec. Becker, Badger-Green Bush-Middle River, 10-6.

113: Championship, Dostal, BGBMR, dec. Skillings, FRA, 7-5. True second, Skillings, FRA, maj. dec. Tellers, United North Central, 14-1.

120: Championship, Novacek, BGBMR, pin Lefebvre, Mahnomen-Waubun, 4:20. True second, Lefebvre, MW, dec. Jepson, FRA, 10-4.

126: Championship, Malone, UNC, dec. Waage, BGBMR, 3-1.

132: Championship, Hasbrouck, BGBMR, dec. Magnell, Red Lake Count Central, 8-2. True second, Sorenson, FRA, maj. dec. Magnell, RLCC, 13-5.

138: Championship, Lemon, maj. dec. Hamernik, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, 13-0. True second, Ortloff, Deer River, maj. dec. Hamernik, DGF, 13-2.

145: Championship, Hoffner, MW, maj. dec. Wiemann, Walker-Hack-Akeley-Nevis, 12-0. True second, Wiemann, WHAN, dec. Sogge, DGF, 7-5 OT.

152: Championship, Koehnen, FRA, dec. Wicks, WHAN, 1-0.

160: Championship, Anderson, WHAN, dec. Pajari, UNC, 6-4. True second, Pajari, UNC, dec. To. Ingle, BGBMR, 5-3 OT.

170: Huckbody, WHAN, dec. Wojchowski, BGBMR, 10-8.

182: Championship, Ti. Ingle, BGBMR, pin Nygaard, DGF, 2:24.

195: Championship, Zimmer, WHAN, dec. Brodeur, Blackduck-Cass Lake, 13-7.

220: Championship, Brandt, FRA, dec. Carlson, UNC, 5-3. True second, Carlson, UNC, pin Solie, Fertile-Beltrami, 5:41.

285: Championship, Yeager, BGBMR, pin Goodwin, BCLB, :44.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Ryan S. Clark at (701) 241-5548.

Clark’s Force blog can be found at slightlychilled.areavoices.com