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Wadena-Deer Creek's Sam Waln defeated Prairie Valley's Tom Leeseberg in a 126-pound match at the Section 6A individual wrestling tournament Feb. 22. Photo by Brian Hansel, Pioneer Journal

Four area matmen qualify for Class A state tournament

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Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale's Dillon Card earned a return trip to state Feb. 23 as the sophomore grappler claimed the 182-pound championship in the Section 6A individual wrestling tournament in Wadena.


Class A's third-ranked wrestler pinned Prairie Valley's Eric Brauch in 36 seconds and pinned Pelican Rapids' Felix Barragan at the 3:41 mark to reach the finals against New York Mills' Noah Pesola. Card posted a 3-1 decision against the senior with a 32-6 mark.

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