Cardinals survive Little Falls to win fifth-straight section title
WILLMAR -- After jumping out to a 31-9 lead, Willmar narrowly survived Little Falls' comeback attempt, holding on for a 34-30 win in the championship round of Saturday's Section 8AAA Wrestling meet.
Following three pins and a decision, the Flyers had trimmed Willmar's lead to 31-30 heading into the heavyweight match.
Luckily for the Cardinals, Brady Reigstad, the state's second-ranked wrestler in the heavyweight class, was there to finish the job, as he topped Gage Blechinger 4-1 for the decisive win.
The victory secured a fifth-consecutive section crown for the Cardinals. Willmar reached the finals with a 42-34 win over Sartell-St. Stephen and a 41-24 victory over Brainerd earlier in the day.
A full recap and photo gallery will be available in the Monday, Feb. 15 edition of the West Central Tribune.