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Nevis' McGee, Schmidt qualify for state wrestling tournament

It's been a memorable senior year for Nevis' Dillon McGee and Kyle Schmidt.

Last fall, that duo helped lead the Tigers to the state 9-man football championship game.

On Friday night at Cass Lake, that duo earned trips to the state Class A wrestling tournament.

McGee, who entered the Section 7A tournament rated No. 8 in the latest state Class A poll, captured the section title at 132 pounds by pinning Deer River's Trey Fairbanks in 5:31. Fairbanks was rated No. 7 in the latest state poll. McGee received a bye in the quarterfinals before advancing to the finals with a 4-2 overtime decision over Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena's Trenten Juelson in the semifinals.

Schmidt qualified for his first state trip with a runner-up finish at 220. Schmidt pinned Rush City's Masyn Longren in :15 in the quarterfinals and pinned Mille Lac's Macen Hagberg in 1:03 in the semifinals. Schmidt was denied the section title with a 3-0 loss to Royalton's Jason Kasella, who was rated No. 2 in the state.

McGee returns to state with a 32-6 record while Schmidt will carry a 34-9 mark into his state debut. McGee, who placed sixth at 113 last season, will face Minneota's Teddy Pesch, who is rated No. 6 in the state, in the first round. Schmidt drew Zumbrota-Mazzeppa's Jarret Haglund, who is the top-rated wrestler at 220. The state Class A tournament begins Friday morning at 9 a.m. at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Also placing for Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis at the section meet were Gavin Damar (fifth at 113), Carter Rettke (sixth at 126) and Kenner Bell (sixth at 138).

Hintzman returns to state

United North Central's Toby Hintzman earned a return trip to the state Class A tournament by winning the Section 8A title at 152 pounds Saturday at Crookston.

Hintzman, who is rated No. 3 at 152 in the latest state poll, received a bye in the quarterfinals before pinning Crookston's Luke Trandem in 1:57 in the semifinals. Hintzman claimed the section title with a 4-2 decision over Frazee's Hudson Hiemenz in the championship match. Hintzman, who placed fifth at 160 at last year's Class A meet, will carry a 32-2 record to state. Hintzman will open against Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale/Parkers Prairie's Gideon Ervasti.

Also placing for the Warriors at the Section 8A meet were Ethan Hendrickson (third at 106), Isaac Tellers (third at 113), Ethan Trout (fifth at 126), Dakota Meech (fifth at 160), Mason Bradley (fifth at 195), Brock Kako (fourth at 220) and Jared Seibert (third at 285).