BBE is area’s best state bet

Willmar, United, Paynesville and KMS also are serious state tournament contenders as teams gear up for section meets

In just a month, the field will be set for the state wrestling tournament.

Section meets get underway in mid-February, with team tournaments kicking things off, followed by the individual tournaments.

In the Jan. 12 rankings from The Guillotine, only one West Central Tribune area team is ranked, with Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa coming in fifth in Class A. But, there’s plenty of teams on the cusp of being ranked with Willmar in Class AAA, Dawson-Boyd/Lac qui Parle Valley/Montevideo in AA, and Paynesville and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg in A. Twenty-six area wrestlers are currently ranked, but that could change Thursday when new rankings are released.

The season comes to a head at the Xcel Energy Center, with the team tournament on March 2 and the individual tournament on March 3-4. Continue reading at →

No easy road for Willmar

Ranked Cardinals look to be battle-tested throughout ‘the 22-’23 season

WILLMAR — The Willmar wrestling team isn’t going to make anything easy on itself this season.

The standards remain high for the Cardinals. They are ranked 12th in the Class AAA preseason poll in The Guillotine, a statewide wrestling publication. Willmar’s looking to win its 10th straight Central Lakes Conference championship and extend its 73-dual match win streak in the CLC.

And along the way, they’ll wrestle high-caliber teams with the goal of making a state-wide impact.

“We have a whole bunch of tough matches scheduled for our guys,” said Willmar head coach Ed Oehlers. “We stuck in some duals that have a good balance and have tough teams like ours.” Continue reading at →