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Hornets return as section faves

With the return of five state qualifiers and a good contingent of wrestlers back from the Class 1A third-place team from last year, the Frazee Hornets once again are being tagged as one of the top teams in Minnesota.

The Hornets will be able to flex plenty of muscle, made up of experience and lots of talent.

"We return a good crew and some young kids from last year," said Frazee head coach John Barlund. "They are battle tested."

The young wrestlers on the team came through at the perfect time last season when they beat Badger/Greenbush-Middle River in the section team tournament.

It was then that the "in" in inexperienced was dropped off those young grapplers.

"It was a coming of age type of match for us," said Barlund of the win over the Gators. "We pulled a few upsets in that duel and our guys showed some great character."

That propelled the Hornets to a strong showing in the Class 1A meet, where they defeated New York Mills in the third-place match 39-18.

All the way through the lineup, the Hornets are deep and talented -- with up to three wrestlers deep at each weight class.

Returning off of state appearances last year include senior Mike Lucero (125 pounds, sixth place), junior Jacob Schermerhorn (140), senior Cody Nunn (160) and sophomore Kody Lafreniere-Sorenson (171).

"I'm excited how our young guys stepped it up last year," Barlund said. "And we had a few who just missed making state."

Four placed third in the Section 8-1A meet, including sophomore Tanner Ellenberg (103), eighth grader Myrle Schermerhorn (103), sophomore Wade Huckriede (119) and junior Ben Lujan (junior).

The Hornets will be favorites in the section, along with B/GBMR, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton and Crookston.