The North Branch wrestling team took second place out of 12 teams with 191.5 team points, ahead of Hibbing with 162 points and behind Grand Rapids with 248 total team points in the Grand Rapids Skip Nalan Invitational Saturday, Jan. 28. The Vikings will compete in a triangular at Irondale High School in New Brighton beginning at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9.
The North Branch Ninth Grade and Under Wrestling League (NGUWL) team took sixth place out of 13 teams with 113 points ahead of Irondale with 111 points and behind Forest Lake with 157.5 points in the Region 5 Individuals held at Chisago Lakes Area High School. Maple Grove won the tournament with 284.5 total team points. Cameron Sampson qualified for the NGUWL state individual tournament by placing in the top two at 132 pounds. The tournament will be held at Champlin Park High School beginning at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4.