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BHV matmen earn MWCA state berth

The Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders earned a trip to the Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association's state tournament Saturday by taking top honors in a 15-team seventh through ninth grade tournament at Mahnomen.

BHV wrestlers claiming titles were Hayden Truax (130), Nick Bennett (152), Dillon Card (160) and Andrew Bounds (171). Capturing runner-up honors were BHV's Dakota Finck (140), John French (189) and Dalton Baker (285).

State competition will be held Feb. 5 at Champlin Park High School.

The Raiders racked up 222 team while runner-up Frazee scored 204. Barnesville was third with 166.5. All three teams qualified for the 24-team state tournament.

Wadena-Deer Creek's team scored 40 points.