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Hayden Truax goes for a pin in his 160-pound wrestling match Tuesday against West Central Area's Braedon Long. Truax scored a pin at the 2:37 mark. Truax and his Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale teammates won the Section 6A team wrestling title by defeating WCA 39-26 and Border West 44-31. The Raiders will compete in the Class A state team tournament Feb. 27 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

The Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders won the final four weight classes Saturday en route to a 44-31 victory over Border West in the Section 6A team championship match at Pelican Rapids.

The Raiders, will now take a 15-match winning streak into the Class A state wrestling tournament Feb. 27 at the Xcel Energy Centre in St. Paul. The Raiders will be making their first appearance in the state team tournament since 2002.

"We had our full lineup first time this season," BHV head coach Steve Techam said following Saturday's action. "It was the best time to peak. We lost some matches we would usually win but other wrestlers picked it up. We got some big wins in the upper weights."

Trailing Border West 31-23, the Raiders got pins from John French at 182, Dillon Card at 220 and Dalton Baker at 285 and a major decision from Andy Bounds at 195.

The Raiders won five of the last six matches as they rallied past West Central Area 39-26 in the semifinals.

Down 22-12, the Raiders got victories from Hayden Truax and Nick Bennett along with French, Card and Baker.

The Raiders will now compete in the Section 6A individual wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday at Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/Senior High.

Section 6A Team


Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 44,

Border West 31

106 Kaden Spindler (BW) pinned Jarret Kveton (BHV) :51

113 Anthony Kern (BHV) maj. dec. Dylan Menge (BW) 10-0

120 Justin Gordon (BHV) pinned Jason Martinez (BW) 3:05

126 Cameron Sykora (BW) tech. fall Marshall Willis (BHV) 5:11

132 Trace Lee (BW) maj. dec. Zack Waln (BHV) 13-4

138 Holton Truax (BHV) pinned Josh Stueve (BHV) 3:06

145 Ethan Kimber (BHV) pinned Eric Schwagel (BW) 3:44

152 Dylan Pullis (BW) pinned Andrew Cihlar (BHV) 5:47

160 Carter Behrens (BW) tech. fall Hayden Truax (BHV) 5:10

170 Austin Maanum (BW) pinned Nick Bennett (BHV) 2:51

182 John French (BHV) pinned Zac Adelman (BW) 1:43

195 Andrew Bounds (BHV) maj. dec. Comick Combellick (BW) 9-0

220 Dillon Card (BHV) pinned Braden Krump (BW) 3:22

285 Dalton Baker (BHV) pinned Chris Kleindl (BW) :20

Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 39,

West Central Area 26

106 Jake Nohre (WCA) pinned Jarret Kveton (BHV) 1:01

113 Levi Larkin (WCA) dec. Anthony Kern (BHV) 3-1 OT

120 Justin Gordon (BHV) dec. Keaton Long (WCA) 7-0

126 Wyatt Olson (WCA) won by default

132 Zack Waln (BHV) pinned Tyler Onstad (WCA) 4:44

138 Jake Larkin (WCA) dec. Holton Truax (BHV) 8-2

145 Ethan Kimber (BHV) dec. Kyle Mickelson (WCA) 4-0

152 Royal Crow (WCA) maj. dec. Andrew Cihlar (BHV) 14-3

160 Hayden Truax (BHV) pinned Braedon Long (WCA) 2:37

170 Nick Bennett (BHV) pinned Koel Seifert (WCA) 2:55

182 John French (BHV) dec. Sid Kamrath (WCA) 5-4

195 Hunter Fick (WCA) maj. dec. Andrew Bounds (BHV) 8-0

220 Dillon Card (BHV) pinned Theodore Waskosky (WCA) :46

285 Dalton Baker (BHV) pinned Anthony (Buzz) Miller (WCA) :56

BHV 67, Pelican Rapids 9

The Raiders won 12 of 14 weights Tuesday in crushing Pelican Rapids in Section 6A team wrestling action at Bertha.

The victory was BHV's 13th in a row and improved Steve Techam's No. 2-ranked Raiders to 14-2 overall.

Scoring pins for the Raiders were Anthony Kern, Jarrett Kveton, Zack Waln, Nick Peterson, Holt Truax, John French and Dillon Card.

Danny Franco and Hobert Diaz were Pelican's only winners.

BHV 67, Pelican Rapids 9

106 Anthony Kern (BHV) pinned James Furey (PR) 1:48

113 Danny Franco (PR) pinned Braydon Bertram (BHV) 2:42

120 Jarret Kveton (BHV) pinned Zane Brosowski (PR) 1:09

126 Justin Gordon (BHV) maj. dec. Alejandro Romero (PR) 12-3A

132 Zack Waln (BHV) pinned Dakota Pixley (PR) 1:27

138 Nick Peterson (BHV) pinned Casey Kulsrud (PR) 1:11

145 Holt Truax (BHV) pinned Josh Klovstad (PR) 1:53

152 Brady Baker (BHV) dec. Alex Diaz (PR) 12-10

160 Hobet Diaz (PR) dec. Andrew Cihlar (BHV) 3-1

170 Nick Bennett (BHV) won by forfeit

182 John French (BHV) pinned Nick Thompson (PR) 2:30

195 Andy Bounds (BHV) won by forfeit

220 Dillon Card (BHV) pinned Eddie Ramos (PR) 4:38

285 Dalton Baker (BHV) by forfeit