High Schools: Willmar gets top seed in Section 8AAA

Cardinals will host two rounds of playoffs Wednesday at the Big Red Gym.


Section 8AAA team wrestling seedings were announced Thursday and the Willmar Cardinals got what was expected: the top seed.
Willmar, ranked third in the state, will wrestle at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the section quarterfinals against the winner of No. 8 Moorhead and No. 9 Sauk Rapids.

Moorhead and Sauk Rapids wrestle on Monday in Moorhead. Also wrestling at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Willmar will be No. 4 Buffalo and No. 5 Little Falls. The 6 p.m. winners meet immediately following their matches.

That's the South Sub-Section.

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In the North Sub-Section, No. 2 Bemidji is host at 6 p.m. to No. 7 Sartell. Also in Bemidji, No. 3 Brainerd wrestles No. 6 St. Cloud Tech, with the two winners wrestling immediately afterward.


The winners Wednesday in the two sub-sections meet Saturday at Sauk Rapids at a time to be determined, with the top two teams emerging from Section 7AAA also involved.

Tickets are $10. Host sites will set ticket limits and provide equal share opportunities for each school.

Bemidji is two-time defending section champion, having beat Willmar in the final last year. The teams have split their two matches this season.

The state individual tournament is March 20 at multiple sites, with the finals in three classes, plus the individual state tournament, set for March 25-27 at St. Michael-Albertville High School. Class AAA is scheduled for March 25.

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