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Reurink places third among ninth-graders

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Reurink places third among ninth-graders
Wadena Minnesota 314 S. Jefferson 56482

Wadena-Deer Creek's Tony Reurink decisioned RCW's James Mertens 4-1 for third place honors in the 275-pound weight class Saturday at the Ninth Grade State Wrestling Tournament in Champlin Park.

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Competing in the state tournament for the second straight year, Reurink pinned first round opponent Cass Herzog of Willmar in just 50 seconds. Reurink then scored a 7-0 decision over Colton Hines of Fairmont to reach the semifinals.

Apple Valley's James Horton handed Reurink his only tournament loss by edging the WDC wrestler 3-2. Horton scored a late takedown in the first period. After Reurink scored a second period escape to close the gap to 2-1, Horton posted a third period escape for 3-1 bulge. Reurink earned a third period point for stalling.

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