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Mighty Mustang wrestlers rumble at meets


The Mighty Mustang youth wrestling program from International Falls had a number of its members compete in another state qualifier in Bemidji, Mn. on Sunday.

Placings there included Pre-Kindergarten wrestlers Brantley Herbert and Victor Schermerhorn in third while Jace Krueger took fourth.

First-grader George Boe took third while Jenika Schermerhorn finished in fourth.

Second-grader Teagan Green and third-grader Layla Reller both took fourth spot.

Third-grader Vai Lockman (Fort Frances) and fourth-grader Rodger Dueck both took second place while sixth-grader McKenna McTavish (Devlin) finished in fifth.

Meanwhile, eighth-grader Hudson Mann, who is originally from Fort Frances, wound up in first in the 140-pound division at the Rumble on the Rum in Princeton, Mn.

The Mustangs have eight total qualifiers for the Jaycees State tournament in April, including Zayne Basaraba (Fort Frances), Lockman, Dueck, Green, Boe, Jack Wolfe, Herbert, and Victor Schermerhorn.

The squad also was in action at the Jaycees State qualifier in Grand Rapids, Mn. two weekends ago.

Zayne Basaraba nabbed a first-place finish there, with other finishers including Boe (Grade 1, third place), Jenika Schermerhorn (Grade 1, fourth place), Hendrix Basaraba of Fort Frances (Pre-K, third place), and Krueger (Pre-K, third place).

Lockman went 4-0 to place first at the North Shore Classic in Proctor, Mn. that same weekend.

Last Saturday, Mann took part in the Anoka MNUSA Qualifier, where he had a pin and a tec-fall to take first.

The weekend prior, he took part in Gopher Nationals held in Monticello, where he finished 2-2 and did not place.

“Hudson pinned the No. 3 seed to move to the semi-finals, where he lost to the eventual champion,” noted his father, Jeremy, who also is an assistant coach for the Mighty Mustangs.

“His wrestling looked good," he noted. ”He was real aggressive and had some good shots.

“It's coming down to some kids are older and stronger,” he reasoned.

“Now it's on to some opens in Wisconsin and southern Minnesota,” Jeremy Mann added.

“We will be working on getting to a better fighting weight,” he added.

“The MNUSA State Tournament then is the second weekend in March.”

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