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Frazee wrestling places three in Class 1A state meet

After finishing fourth in the Class 1A team tournament, the Frazee wrestling team had six wrestlers in the individual portion of the tournament Friday and Saturday inside the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Unfortunately, the Hornets had none of their six individual qualifiers make it through the first day in the championship bracket, including Tanner Reetz – ranked third at 113 pounds – who had to forfeit before wrestling for not making weight.

Garrett Malstrom, Austin Skillings and Kody Van Den Eykel were able to end the Hornets’ trip on a positive note with three placements.

Malstrom (285 pounds) and Skillings (138) finished third, and Van Den Eykel (185) finished fifth.

“We worked really hard to get here,” Skillings said. “It’s nice to see people placing.”

Byron Byer went 1-2 at 120 pounds, while Grant Jepson also went 1-2 at 126.

Class 1A state individual wrestling meet at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Friday-Saturday, Feb. 28-March 1.

Frazee state placers:

138: Third place match: Austin Skillings (Fraz) def. Dylan Boettcher (St. Clair) 9-1.

182: Fifth place match: Kody VanDenEykel (Fraz) def. Nathan Brinker (Holdingford) fall 2:42.

HWT: Third place match: Garrett Malstrom (Fraz) def. Cole Grinsteinner (Crosby-Ironton) 3-2.

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