The Bemidji High School wrestling team authored the latest chapter of history on Friday night in Sauk Rapids, rolling through the Section 8-3A Tournament to clinch the program’s 17th section championship.
“We’re just excited for the opportunity,” BHS head coach Rance Bahr said. “At least in the finals, we wrestled very, very well. We struggled a little bit in the first two rounds, and we were able to turn things around and give our best effort in the final. I’m really excited for the kids, being rewarded for all their hard work and effort throughout the year.”
The Lumberjacks defeated Willmar in the title bout for the second consecutive season, marking the first time Bemidji has won back-to-back section championships since the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons. Friday’s state-clinching victory was also the 27th win of the season for BHS, breaking the program record of 26 from 2014-15.
The Class 3-A team tournament begins at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, from the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. First, though, BHS will gun for more state berths with the Section 8-3A individual tournament at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, in Willmar.