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Published March 02 2012

Area's Class 1A wrestlers open first round with strong showing

The area's Class A wrestlers rolled in the first round Friday individual competition at the Minnesota state wrestling tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

Breckenridge/C-T's Conrad Kondos got the ball rolling with a 10-3 win in the 106-pound class. His teammates, Greg and Stephen Erlandson, also picked up victories.

New York Mills star Shane Novak had a dominant 12-2 win in the 113-pound class while Barnesville's Stuart Brandt picked up a 2-1 win.

Brandt has now won four straight matches at state going back to Thursday's team competition.

Frazee duo Rij Koenen and Bruce Lemon picked up pins in the opening round. Their teammate, Rick Brandt, also won for his 201st career victory.