Saturday, February 15, 2020

Section runners-up

The B-B-E Jaguars wrestling team finished as Section 5A runners-up after going 1-1 in the Final Four last night at Minnewaska Area. They finish the team portion of the season with a 20-4 record, tying the record for most overall wins in a season (set in 2017-2018).

In the semifinals against No. 3-ranked Minnewaska Area, the Jaguars defeated the Lakers 38-23. The match was decided quite early, after Dylan Kampsen earned an 11-2 major decision at the 160-pound class over Ryan VanLuik. The Lakers finished 24-7 this season.

In the Section 5A finals, the Jaguars lost 33-18 to No. 1-ranked Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville, the odds-on favorite to win the Class 1A state title for the second straight year. The Wolves are 31-3 overall and advance to state for the third straight season. They placed fourth at state in 2017.

B-B-E competed in their first wrestling section final since 2017 and fifth overall in school history. They also advanced to the section finals in 1998, 1999, 2015.

Back to the drawing board for next week's Bonanza Valley Voice issue.

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