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Area to send 45 prep wrestlers to state individual tournament

Led by Section 5A runner-up Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City with 9 entrants, the area will be sending 45 prep wrestlers to the state individual tournament that starts Friday, March 2 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Willmar, the Section 6AAA team champion, had 7 individuals qualify for the state tournament after the two-day qualifying tournament ended Saturday at Hopkins High School. The Cardinals wrestle state-power Apple Valley in their first-round match of the team tournament on Thursday.

Also sending 7 wrestlers is New London-Spicer, the Section 6AA runner-ups. The Class AA brackets will also feature 5 wrestlers from Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley and another 3 from Morris Area/Hancock/Chokio-Alberta.

The Class A field will have 4 wrestlers from Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, 3 each from Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and Benson, and one each from BOLD, Minnewaska, Paynesville and RCW/MACCRAY.

Brackets can be found on the Minnesota State High School League's website.