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(HD VIDEO) Jaguar wrestlers win first-ever section title, fall short of State Final Four berth

 

March 18, 2021

RANDY OLSON

Coach Jack Mueller showed his excitement just as his Jaguars clinched their 28th win of the season in the Section 5A championship against defending state champion Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville on Saturday, March 13 in Barrett.

The Class 1A state tournament Final Four was oh-so-close to including three teams from the Central Minnesota Conference, but it was not meant to be. Unfortunately, the No. 2-ranked Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Jaguars wrestling team is not one of the two CMC teams who advanced to the state semifinals, but it was not for a lack of heart or desire to get there.

On Saturday in the Class 1A state quarterfinals, the Jaguars suffered just their fourth loss of their unforgettable, record-breaking season. They fell 33-30 to Bertha-Hewitt/Parkers Prairie/Verndale, winners of the Section 6A title.

The state semifinals will include Section 7A champion Royalton/Upsala, Section 3A champion Jackson County Central, Section 6A champion BH/PP/V and Section 4A champion Kimball Area.

RANDY OLSON

(HD VIDEO) This video clip is taken during the Class 1A state quarterfinals, starting at 170 pounds, in the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa vs. Bertha-Hewitt/Parkers Prairie/Verndale match at West Central Area high school in Barrett on March 13.

To earn their first trip to the state tournament, the Jaguars gave a tremendous performance to knock out two-time defending state champion Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville 33-23 in the Section 5A championship.

Both matches on Saturday were hosted at the West Central Area high school in Barrett.

The BH/PP/V Raiders defeated No. 6-ranked West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville 44-33 to advance to the state quarterfinals. WCA/A/B-E staged a late comeback after falling behind 26-0 through the 132-pound weight, but it fell short. The Raiders won Section 6A for the third straight season.

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