North Branch wrestling

The Minnesota individual state wrestling tournament opened its Class AA competition at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Xcel Energy Center. North Branch seniors Reid Johnson, Aaron Senne, Tristan Labelle and Seamus Hunter represented the Vikings in St. Paul. Johnson kicked things off at 132 pounds, but ran into trouble early. Logan Axford of Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, [...]

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Three individual section titles for NB wrestlers The Section 7AA wrestling meet was a successful showing for the North Branch wrestling team, which earned three sections champions and will be sending four individuals to the state tournament. Senior Reid Johnson was the first Viking grappler to earn a state bid at 132 pounds by taking [...]

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NB takes third, RC places fourth The North Branch wrestling team held an eight-team invite Friday night, where the Vikings placed third overall with 186 points, followed by Rush City/Braham in fourth place (100 points). Centennial took first place with 233.5 points, followed by Grand Rapids with 222.5 points. The Vikings had five grapplers compete [...]

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Vikings earn first dual win on road The North Branch wrestlers faced the No. 5 team in the state (Class AAA), Cambridge-Isanti, at home last Thursday. The Vikings fell, 43-27, despite the Bluejackets not wrestling three of their five state-ranked grapplers. The Vikings fell behind early on, 19-0, before senior Alex Fitchka put his team [...]

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Hunter takes heavyweight title Despite taking eighth of eight teams at the Cambridge-Isanti Invite over the weekend, the North Branch wrestlers racked up some highlights. Senior Seamus Hunter, ranked No. 10 in the state (Class AA) as of Dec. 13, stole the show on Saturday in the heavyweight class and moved up another spot in [...]

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The North Branch wrestling banquet on April 5 recognized the team earning the Academic Gold Award. Named All-Conference were seniors Eric Bergstrom, Jake Pilz and Zack Sundly, along with juniors Reid Johnson and Aaron Senne. Senior Sam Peltier earned All-Conference Honorable Mention. Pilz was awarded the team Viking Award, and Bergstrom earned the Honey Badger [...]

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