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Frazee advances to class 1A state wrestling finals

Frazee 140-pounder Rij Koehnen gets Zumbrota-Mazeppa's Grant Kyllo on his back during their match in the class 1A team championship semi finals Friday afternoon at the Minnesota State Wrestling Meet in St. Paul. Koehnen won the match 9-5. Brian Basham/DL Newspapers

ST. PAUL - Frazee needed Kody Lafraniere-Sorenson to step things up a notch.

The senior 189-pounder did just that, dominating his match at 215 pounds to send Frazee into the Class 1A team championship.

The Hornets downed Zumbrota-Mazeppa 29-18 at Xcel Energy Center on Friday, clinching the win when Lafraniere-Sorenson wrestled up a class and scored a 15-1 major decision over Stu Raasch.

Raasch is a state qualifier at 215.

"I thought I was going out at 189, but it didn't matter to me," Lafraniere-Sorenson said. "I just wanted to wrestle and get my job done.

"As a captain, I knew I was in a position to put us into a state championship match."

Frazee won eight of the first nine matches to set up a 25-3 lead. But Zumbrota-Mazeppa boasts state qualifiers in the final five weight classes.

"We thought we would be favored in our first six matches, but we knew what they had coming," Frazee coach John Barlund said. "We were winning the matches, but we weren't getting the extra points to put them away."

Colby Mehrkens (160) and Chad Matthees (171) scored decisions, and then Ben Dahl got a pin at 189 when the Hornets saved Lafreniere-Sorenson for 215.

That put the lead at just 25-15 with two matches to go.

"We thought we'd play the percentages, because we thought Kody would have a great shot at 215 when we hammered out our game plan," Barlund said. "It worked out for us."

Lafraniere-Sorenson's bid for an individual title was derailed yesterday when he lost in the 189-pound quarter-finals.

But he said that wasn't that big of a deal.

"The team thing is all that matters," Lafraniere-Sorenson said. "The strength is in the team. As an individual you're weak, but we come together as a team. That's the biggest thing to all of us."

Frazee will take on Jackson County Central in today's title match at 7 p.m. The Huskies downed Minneota 28-26 in the other semifinal.

The Hornets have not won a team title since 2002.

Kerry Collins is a reporter at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.

103: Stilke, F, dec. Prodzinski, 10-4.

112: Watkins, ZM, dec. Ketter, 10-6.

119: Ellenberg, F, dec. Majerus, 5-0.

125: Lemon, F, maj. dec. Stier, 10-1.

130: M. Schermerhorn, F, dec. Highet, 12-7, OT.

135: Huckriede, F, dec. Bennett, 7-1.

140: Koehnen, F, dec. Kyllo, 9-5.

145: Nunn, F, dec. Klindworth, 7-5.

152: J. Schermerhorn, F, dec. Anderson, 8-2.

160: Mehrkens, ZM, dec. VanWaterMulen, 11-6.

171: Matthees, ZM, dec. Brandt, 10-3.

189: Dahl, ZM, pin Sandberg, 2:50.

215: Lafraniere-Sorenson, F, maj. dec. Raasch, 15-1.

285: Arndt, ZM, dec. Moltzan, 3-2.