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The Bears wrestling team is pouring it on strong as it gears up for sectionals, hoping to earn a spot in the state tournament for the second time in Bear history.

Currently ranked ninth in the state, the team chalked up four victories and one loss, making its record 15-5.** All five losses have been to teams ranked in the top seven in the state.

On Feb. 5 the Bears traveled to the Armstrong tournament in Plymouth where they came out 3-1.* Their loss to the No. 1-ranked team in the nation, Apple Valley, was not a surprise (nine of its wrestlers are ranked No. 1 in their weight classes).* The Bears didn?t let the loss dampen their spirits or confidence as they went on to overcome the next three teams ? a 50-18 win over East View, an 80-0 sweep over Mankato West and a tight 45-33 triumph over Fridley.

During the weekend tournament, Donny Longendyke (No. 1 @ HWT) tied the school record of 172 wins with his varsity record of 172-24 (117 being pins).

Going into this week the Bears prepare to host two section opponents on Friday, Feb. 11.* That will be an important match-up that will affect the seeding for the sectional tournaments Feb. 19 in which Stillwater is the team?s No. 1 contender.* Coach Craig Nasvik notes that match-ups and individual performance is everything.

Complete Story at Vadnais Heights Press by Kristi Abbott