Barrick Nelson’s run at a state title came to an end Thursday.
The Bemidji High School sophomore was eliminated from the Class 3A Individual State Wrestling Tournament, falling in the quarterfinals at St. Michael-Albertville High School.
Competing at 182 pounds, Nelson was the lone Lumberjack to advance out of last Saturday’s state prelims and qualify for the final eight in his weight class. The sophomore earned All-State honors by virtue of his top-eight finish.
In the state quarterfinals, Nelson faced Little Falls senior Gabe Nagel, who entered the day at 33-0 and ranked No. 2 in the state. Nagel won by pin in 50 seconds.
Shifting to the consolation bracket, Nelson attempted a comeback on Wayzata freshman Dominic Heim, ranked No. 10 in the state with a 33-6 record. Heim held on for a narrow 9-8 decision that ended Nelson’s tournament. Finishing the year with a 24-8 record, Nelson is set to return for his junior season in 2021-22.
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Barrick Nelson clinched All-State honors and punched his ticket to the next round of the Class 3A Individual State Wrestling Tournament on Saturday.
Wrestling at 182 pounds, the Bemidji High School sophomore was victorious in his true second-place match at the individual state preliminaries held Saturday in Coon Rapids. Competitors from Sections 7-3A and 8-3A were on hand to whittle the field down to the top two in each weight class.
Nelson advanced into the final eight and will continue his pursuit of a state title in the quarterfinals Thursday, March 25, at St. Michael-Albertville High School.
For seniors Bahr, Leffelman, Roth, Solum and Hinrichs, Saturday marked the end of their high school wrestling careers. The group helped lead the Lumberjacks to the team section finals and broke a program record for single-season wins with 29.
The season will continue for a number of Bemidji High School wrestlers, as eight Lumberjacks earned state berths at Wednesday’s Section 8-3A Individual Tournament at the BHS Gymnasium.
Hunter Heim (113 pounds), Noah Leffelman (138), Seth Newby (152), Darren Roth (160), Hoyt Solum (170), Barrick Nelson (182), Colton Hinrichs (195) and Caleb Bahr (285) all qualified for the Class 3A state preliminaries.
The Class 3A Individual State Tournament begins with a preliminary round at noon Saturday, March 21, in Coon Rapids. Section 8 and Section 7 will be paired together in an eight-wrestler field for each weight class, with first place and true-second advancing.
The rest of the state tournament is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, March 25, at St. Michael-Albertville High School.