Bemidji boys wrestling kicked off its new season with resounding 55-9 and 74-6 wins over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton and Grand Rapids respectively, while the new Bemidji girls team debuted with a 30-13 victory over Mora on Thursday evening at the Bemidji High School Fieldhouse.
Bemidji boys 55-9 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton
Three consecutive victories by fall kicked off a comfortable match for the Lumberjacks against DGF in the evening’s first match for the hosts.
Gabriel Morin started the dual with a victory by fall at 106 lb. in a match that took just 1:28 of total time.
Nick Strand took just a second longer to win via pin at 113 before Brody Castonguay went even quicker at 120 lb, winning by fall in just 1:02.
A 6-3 decision for Alec Newby at 132 lb. was wedged between a pair of decision losses for the Lumberjacks, but Ricky Wuori Jr. kicked off a run of four straight wins by securing a pin at 145.
Dane Jorgensen (fall), Thade Osborn (major decisoin), and Seth Newby (decision) followed up with victories, and Barrick Nelson used a strong takedown to progress to a 12-7 decision at 195 lb.
The quickest fall of the bout was posted by Nate Schwinghammer at 220 lb. He took the victory in just 33 seconds, setting up Dylan Headbird for one more win by fall at 285.
Bemidji boys 74-6 Grand Rapids
Pins were in abundant supply for the Lumberjacks in their second match of the night, as they ran away from the Thunderhawks thanks to ten wins by fall.
The falls were frequently preceded by good takedowns, as evidenced by one from Nick Strand on his way to another win by fall at 113 that followed Morin’s forfeit victory in the prior bout.
Castonguay (120 lb.) and Hunter Heim (126 lb.) in a mere 10 seconds followed with two more pins to lead into a lengthy 5:01 win by fall for Alec Newby at 132.
After Ricky Wuori Jr. picked up a pin at 145, Dane Jorgensen used a strong fireman’s carry to power his way to a 16-0 technical fall at 152 lb.
15 seconds was all Osborn needed to win by fall at 160 and Coy Olsen battled to a pin in the next bout after 3:49.
Logan Willard, Nelson, and Jared Frenzel all won their matches in pins before Headbird finished the night with a 6-2 decision in the 285 lb. match.
The Bemidji boys will immediately travel south to face St. Michael-Albertville in their next match tonight.
Bemidji girls 30-13 Mora
The first-ever match for Bemidji’s varsity girls team featured another strong supply of wins by fall to take the Lumberjacks to a win against a team of seven wrestlers from Mora.
The Mustangs had two wrestlers compete in multiple matches–including a three-match night for Aspen Anderson–with Nora Houglum winning at 105 and 120 lb. to help build a 10-0 lead. But Bemidji picked up five consecutive wins by pin–Imrie Mistic (125), Tori Bahr (130), Jayden Kelly (135), Kylie Donat (140), and Elizabeth Oster (150)–that took them to an insurmountable lead.
Several of the bouts required lengthy battles to secure the fall victory, as Mistic, Kelly, and Oster all were winners after matches that took over five minutes.