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Eden Prairie junior Sam Brancale (H.M. @ 119) brought home a bronze medal from the state AAA individual wrestling tournament March 4-5 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Brancale defeated Tyler Isaacson of Forest Lake 8-3 in the third-place 119-pound match Saturday night.

The Eagle standout finished the season with a 38-2 record. Brancale opened tournament competition by pinning Austin Jordan of Stillwater in 2:44.

However, Brancale lost 1-0 to eventual state champion Mitch Bengston (No.11 @ 119) in the quarterfinals.

In wrestlebacks, Brancale pinned Austin Jordan of Stillwater and Andy Underhill of Burnsville before earning a 7-3 decision over Mark Voss of St. Michael-Albertville.

That win set up Brancale?s win over Isaacson in the third-place match. Brancale advanced to state after placing first in the Section 6AAA tourney.

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