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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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  Elk River’s two state tournament wrestlers, Garrett Caldon and A.J. Hannan, each won their first round matches Friday, with Caldon still in Class AAA medal contention at the end of the day and Hannan done. Caldon (24-8), 113-pound junior, pulled off an upset in the first round, throwing Tanner Cole (39-2) of Owatonna in [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Three of Rogers’ seven state wrestling tournament entrants — Connor Larson, Jordan Bond and Andrew Piehl — remained in Class AAA medal contention after Friday’s first three rounds. Larson, a senior, and Bond, a junior, each lost in the first round but won in wrestle backs to stay alive. [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor The Rogers Royals wrestling team just missed qualifying for the state team tournament on Feb. 15 but felt a lot better a week later by landing seven individuals in the big show. “It feels great to have seven going,” said junior Jake Owens, one of four Royals winning Section [...]

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  Three Spectrum sophomores — Ryan Killeen, Esteban Teigen and Luke Nolden — qualified for the state tournament at Section 4A on Saturday at LeSueur-Henderson. Killeen (30-3) rolled to the 120-pound title with two pins and a 9-1 win in the finals over Lake Crystal-Wellcome-Memorial’s No. 7 ranked Brandon Laborde (35-6). Killeen is Spectrum’s first [...]

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  Zimmerman has two wrestlers in the state tournament after Hunter Smith won a championship and Austin May was a runner-up in Section 6AA on Saturday in Becker. Hunter (32-7), a senior, pinned Litchfield’s Tyler Jones (30-3) in the 132-pound finals, after advancing with a bye, pin, and 5-2 decision over Annandales Joe Mosley (29-12). [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Elk River wrestlers A.J. Hannan and Garrett Caldon each qualified for the state tournament Saturday, extending their school’s streak to 41 straight years of having a presence at state. Hannan, a senior at 182 pounds, and Caldon, a junior at 113 pounds, were each runners-up in the Section 7AAA tournament [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor A breakout season by the Rogers wrestling team that started with a win over Maple Grove ended with a loss to the same Crimson team Saturday, one win short of state. The Crimson took a 27-0 lead over the top-seeded Royals and held on to beat them 38-28 in [...]

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