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Providing leadership for the Park Rapids wrestling team this season will be seniors (front from left) Robert Borger, Brock Fritze, Zach Steffen, Jeff Hemenway; (back) Forrest Drury, Cole Tretbar, Brandon Ritter, Rylee Smith, Caleb Abraham.

New weight classes could be advantage for Panthers

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Matt Clark isn't concerned about a new weight system and a new section for the Park Rapids wrestling team.

Minnesota high school teams will now wrestle at 14 different weight classes: 106 pounds, 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220 and 285. Last year, the weights were 103, 112, 119, 125, 130, 135, 140, 145, 152, 160, 171, 189, 215 and 285.

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That change could benefit the Panthers, who have enough wrestlers to fill the upper weights.

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