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Willmar, Minn., loses to Apple Valley, White Bear Lake in state wrestling

Cass Herzog, left, of Willmar struggles with Zach Martens of Apple Valley during the quarterfinal round of the Minnesota Class AAA team wrestling tournament Thursday, March 1, 2012, in St. Paul. Herzog won the match by decision. Photo by Michael Vosburg, Forum Communications.

ST. PAUL -- White Bear Lake knocked the Willmar Cardinals from the Class AAA state wrestling meet early this afternoon 31-30 in the consolation semifinals at the Xcel Energy Center here.

The Cardinals (20-7) won 8 of the 14 matches, including the first five weight classes and the last two, but the Bears (21-8) picked up enough bonus points in their six victories from 138- to 196-pounds for the one-point win.

The Bears will face Little Falls in the consolation final at 5 p.m. today.

Willmar won three matches against 6-time defending champion and top seed Apple Valley (27-1) which came away with a 58-12 win in the quarterfinals.

Colten Carlson at 138 pounds, Martin Cabrera at 220 and Cass Herzog at 285 picked up the Willmar points.

Cabrera and Herzog both were 2-0.

Willmar also made state in 1998 and 2005.

Willmar has 7 wrestlers competing in the individual tournament that begins at 9 a.m. Friday with the Round of 16.

Rand Middleton
Tribune photographer/videographer. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime news/sports beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 
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