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Chris Donnay’s third season as Rogers wrestling coach brought by far the best results the Royal program has  ever had. His peers noticed, and voted him the Section 5AAA Coach of the Year honor. The Royals had their first winning season, 18-6, and seven state qualifiers this year. Donnay, a world history teacher, is a [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports Editor Austin May was a wrestler with 53 career losses two months ago when something convinced him he should aim for a high state finish, maybe even a championship. The Zimmerman junior upset No. 2-ranked Tyler Midas of Foley 7-1 in a dual meet Jan. 10, his first signature win. “After [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Zimmerman junior Austin May entered the state wrestling tournament with little notoriety, but emerged as the first state champion from District 728 in seven years on Saturday evening. May, a first-time state entrant, ground out three close decisions Friday and Saturday, then took charge of the championship match right [...]

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The breakout season by the Rogers Royals wrestling team did not end with any podium finishes at the state tournament. The Royals, with an 18-6 record, section runner-up finish and seven state qualifiers, had by far the best season in the program’s 10-year history. However, their final goal of adding state medals to their only [...]

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  Elk River wrestler Garrett Caldon came home from the state tournament with two wins and no medal. Caldon was nipped by Jake Bergeland of Centennial 5-4 in the 113-pound wrestle backs on Saturday. Caldon (25-9) had opened with a 4-3 upset of Owatonna’s Tanner Cole (39-2) on Friday, then lost to Bemidji’s Brian Maas [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Zimmerman’s two state wrestling tournament entrants had a banner first day Friday, with Austin May advancing to the Class AA semifinals and Hunter Smith winning two of three to remain in medal contention. “This is just what I was hoping for,” said May, a junior after pulling out two [...]

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