United North Central returns to state tournament

The Warriors rally to defeat Frazee and defend Section 8A title.

FERTILE – A dramatic finish sent the United North Central wrestling team back to the state Class A tournament.

The Warriors trailed top-seeded Frazee 21-16 before winning three of the final four matches to rally for a 31-24 victory in the Section 8A championship match on Friday, Feb. 17. That win enabled UNC to repeat as section champions and qualify for the state Class A tournament for the second time in school history.

“We had plenty of people tell us we wouldn’t be able to make it again without last year’s seniors, but it’s not who you lose, it’s who do you replace them with. We have a group that works really hard, so we knew we could do it again,” said UNC head coach Jacob Oyster. “I think most of our wrestlers believed we could at the beginning of the season and all of them knew we could by the end. To go back to back with a new team is another step in the right direction. It feels really good.”

Rhett Anderson’s 9-4 decision at 113 pounds, Conrad Koll’s 13-0 major decision at 120 and Zach Hendrickson’s 7-1 decision at 126 gave the Warriors a 10-3 lead. Hank Tellers’ pin in 3:39 at 145 provided a 16-9 advantage before Frazee responded by winning the next three matches to take the lead. Toby Isola’s forfeit win at 182, Cooper Hasbargen’s 12-8 decision at 220 and Marcus Peterson’s pin in 1:30 at 285 rallied the Warriors to the win and another state berth as Frazee ended the season with a 23-6 mark. Continue reading at parkrapidsenterprise.com →