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Sam Haas of Dawson-Boyd/Lac Qui Parle Valley, top, tries to maintain control of Orono's Joey Falde during their 152-pound Class AA match Wednesday during the state wrestling tournament at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Falde won 9-7. (Photo special to the Tribune by Michael Vosburg, Fargo Forum)

22 area matmen win on first day at state

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ST. PAUL -- Twenty two of the Tribune area's 41 wrestlers opened the state individual wrestling tournament with a win on Wednesday at Xcel Energy Center.

Two of three defending state champions from the area were victorious in the first round; Ryan Thompson of Benson at 152 pounds and Joel Bauman of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at 189 pounds, both in Class A. However, Ryan Swenson of Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley was pinned in his opening match at 135 pounds in Class AA.

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