State Wrestling Tournament 2012 at the Xcel Energy Center
View from above during 2012’s state tournament at Xcel Energy Center. (Photo - Mitch Mehrwerth)

In late November, hundreds of area kids stepped foot inside their school’s wrestling rooms with aspirations of making it to the state tournament, at the Xcel Energy Center, in March.

After three months of long practices and tournaments, the time for them to do so has finally come. Tonight and tomorrow many area schools will look to punch their ticket to the state wrestling tournament.

In section 8AAA, top-seeded Moorhead will roll into Little Falls with the goal of walking out the champions. However, the defending champion, and 2nd seeded, Little Falls Flyers will look to make it two section titles in a row.

In section 6AA, the Foley Falcons will try and bring home yet another team title. Foley, who is ranked 3rd in Class 2A, will be challenged right out of the gate by 5th seeded Annandale/Maple Lake. Second-seeded New London-Spicer will look to meet the winner in the finals, but first must get through the battle tested Bulldogs from Becker. Other local teams like Pierz, Royalton, and Kimball will also look to win their respective sections and make it to the Excel.

Take a look below to see a full list of teams competing, their section seeds, and where you can catch their matches.



8AAA - Saturday, February 16th at Little Falls High School starting at 10:30 a.m.
High School Wrestlers
Sauk Rapids’ Chris Keske and Brainerd’s Luke Boran battle for a takedown at a dual earlier this month (Photo - Shelly Keske)

#1 Moorhead
#2 Little Falls
#3 Brainerd/Pillager
#4 Sartell-St. Stephen
#5 Alexandria
#6 Bemidji
#7 St. Cloud Apollo
#8 Sauk Rapids-Rice
#9 St. Cloud Tech

My Prediction: #3 Brainerd over #1 Moorhead in the finals



6AA - Friday, February 15th at Big Lake High School starting at 6:00 p.m.

#1 Foley
#2 New London-Spicer
#3 Becker
#4 Big Lake - ELIMINATED
#5 Annandale/Maple Lake
#6 Litchfield - ELIMINATED
#7 Princeton - ELIMINATED
#8 Dassel-Cokato - ELIMINATED
#9 Zimmerman - ELIMINATED
#10 Sauk Centre-Melrose - ELIMINATED
#11 Albany - ELIMINATED

My Prediction: #1 Foley over #2 New London-Spicer in the finals



7A - Friday, February 15th at Minneapolis Patrick Henry High School starting at 6:00 p.m.

#1 Holdingford
#2 Pierz
#3 Atkin
#4 Minneapolis Patrick Henry - ELIMINATED
#5 Royalton/Upsala
#6 Crosby-Ironton - ELIMINATED
#7 Washington Technology - ELIMINATED
#8 Mille Lacs - ELIMINATED
#9 Columbia Heights - ELIMINATED
#10 Ogilvie - ELIMINATED

My Prediction: #2 Pierz over #1 Holdingford in the Finals



5A - Friday, February 15th at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa High School starting at 6:00 p.m.

#1 Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City
#2 Kimball Area
#3 Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (BBE)
#4 Paynesville Area
#5 Osakis - ELIMINATED
#6 Long Prairie-Grey Eagle - ELIMINATED
#7 Eden Valley-Watkins - ELIMINATED
#8 Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted - ELIMINATED
#9 Minnewaska Area - ELIMINATED
#10 Browerville - ELIMINATED

My Prediction: #1 ACGC over #2 Kimball in the Finals

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