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Hornets hungry to start another streak

To say the Frazee wrestling team is motivated for the 2012-13 season, is an understatement.

After losing to Badger/Greenbush-Middle River in the Section 8-1A championship match, thus breaking a six-year state reign by the Hornets, the goal of making it back to state is in their sites.

"Yes, the guys want to recapture the section title," said Frazee head coach John Barlund. "They are hungry and chomping at the bit to get the season going."

This year, the Hornets are as balanced as they have been in many years and they will have the ability to finish each dual match strong.

The Class 1A No. 6 ranked Hornets have three wrestlers ranked in the top 10 of their respective weight classes.

Sophomore Byron Byer is No. 9 at 113 pounds, while seniors Bruce lemon is No. 6 at 145 and Wadena-Deer Creek transfer Tony Reurink is No. 2 overall at 220.

Overall, the Hornets boast of six wrestlers who have qualified for state in the past.

"We have spread out talent throughout the lineup," Barlund said. "We have good depth with a lot of kids back in the mix."

Austin Skillings returns at 126, while Jordan Ketter returns to hold down the 132 slot. Tyler Ziegler and Hunter Sorenson each are former state qualifiers in the middle of the lineup, while Evan Wendt and Brett Gildersleeve and Garrett Malstrom will make a great compliment to Reurink up top.

"Tony is a great fit up top for us, so we should be able to finish strong," Barlund said.

As usual, the Hornets field a top-notch schedule, so they will be tested repeatedly throughout the season.

"I believe we have a tough kid at every weight," Barlund said. "Hopefully that balance will be key for us this season."

Wrestling Schedule

Date Time Opponent Site

12/13 7:30PM Pelican Rapids Pelican Rapids HS

12/15 11:00AM Multiple Schools Frazee HS

12/18 5:00PM DGF DGF HS

12/28 TBD Fargo Fargodome

12/29 TBD Fargo Fargodome

1/4 TBD Central Cass Casselton, ND

1/4 TBD Bismarck Bismarck HS

1/5 TBD Central Cass Casselton, ND

1/5 TBD Bismarck Bismarck HS

1/8 7:30PM Fergus Falls Fergus Falls HS

1/11 4:00PM Mahnomen Mahnomen HS

1/15 7:30PM Perham Frazee HS

1/22 7:30PM Barnesville Barnesville HS

1/26 TBD Hawley Hawley HS

1/29 7:30PM Blackduck Frazee HS

2/2 9:30AM Alexandria Alexandria HS

2/5 7:30PM United North Central Frazee HS

2/8 7:30PM Detroit Lakes Detroit Lakes HS

Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.