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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor A year ago, Little Falls clinched a trip to the state wrestling tournament with four consecutive falls to close the Section 8AAA finals. This year, however, the second-seeded Flyers ran into an opponent equally strong in the upper weights in top-seeded Moorhead, dropping a 37-28 heartbreaker at home, Feb. 16. [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor Holdingford may have been able to snap Pierz’ 21-match win streak in a regular season dual two weeks prior. But with a third consecutive trip to state on the line in the Section 7A championship in Minneapolis, Friday, Pierz got the win it wanted most, topping the Huskers 39-18. “I [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor patrick.slack@mcrecord.com Top-seeded Holdingford, second-seeded Pierz and No. 5 Royalton-Upsala each posted convincing wins to advance past Tuesday’s Section 7A quarterfinals.   Huskers drop Mille Lacs 70-3 Only four matches went the distance as host Holdingford delivered a 70-3 pounding over eighth-seeded Mille Lacs Area. Seniors Kyle Kolstad and Bryan Scepaniak, [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor patrick.slack@mcrecord.com Little Falls pounded visiting Princeton 63-15 to wrap up a 22-6 regular season and hand head coach Mike Hendrickson his 300th career win, Friday. Seniors Connor Scherping, Tyler Gastecki, Joe Reis and Conor Swanson, juniors Dan Mushel and Trysten Ross, sophomore Logan Kapphahn, freshman Justin Jenks and seventh-grader A.J. [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor patrick.slack@mcrecord.com Holdingford will likely have to do it again Friday. But the Huskers proved it had the ability to contend with reigning Section 7A champion Pierz, Feb. 1, upsetting the seventh-ranked Pioneers 29-28 to end Pierz’ 21-match winning streak and claim a share of first in the Central Minnesota Conference. [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor patrick.slack@mcrecord.com Pierz bulldozed a pair of Central Minnesota Conference (CMC) foes at Tuesday’s Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (BBE) tri to move within one victory of an undefeated CMC season. The Pioneers opened the night with a 69-7 victory over Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (HLWW), then defeated BBE 46-25. Seniors Brad Meyer and Josh Lanners, juniors [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor Junior Mitch Lange pinned a ranked foe and pounded another 14-7 to lead the Royalton-Upsala wrestling team at its home quad, Tuesday. The Royals opened the night with a 63-6 victory over Ogilvie, then fell 43-29 to Aitkin before closing with a 57-9 win over Browerville. Lange received a forfeit [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor patrick.slack@mcrecord.com Little Falls withstood early double-digit deficits in both duals to sweep Bemidji (45-21) and Alexandria (41-33) at Tuesday’s Alexandria tri. Bemidji built a 15-0 lead after the opening three bouts before the Flyers answered by taking nine of the next 10 bouts, while Little Falls erased deficits of 18-0 [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor patrick.slack@mcrecord.com Royalton-Upsala split a pair of matches at Tuesday’s Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale tri, crushing Prairie Valley 63-15 before dropping a close 38-34 dual to the host Raiders. Junior Mitch Lange, sophomore Brady Moulzolf and freshmen Brad Kroll and Kyle Lange went 2-0 on the night for the Royals. Senior Cory Wensmann, juniors [...]

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