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Clark, Schmidt earn medals at state wrestling tournament

Ashton Clark, right, of Park Rapids wrestles Nate Garceau of Foley in their Class-2A 113-pound individual semifinal match of the Minnesota Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, March 3, 2018, in St. Paul. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Park Rapids' Ashton Clark and Nevis' Kyle Schmidt earned medals from the Minnesota state high school wrestling tournament.

Both wrestlers were guaranteed medals after winning both their matches during Friday's opening rounds at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Clark advanced to the championship match in the Class AA 113-pound bracket with a 5-3 decision over Foley's Nate Garceau during Saturday morning's semifinals. The Park Rapids junior was denied a state title for the second year in a row with a 10-3 loss to Fairmont/Martin County West's Jaxson Rohman in Saturday night's championship match. Clark, who was the No. 1 seed, concludes the season with a 38-1 record while Rohman, the No. 2 seed, finished 48-2.

Schmidt, who defeated two ranked wrestlers on Friday, was thrown into the consolation bracket after suffering a 9-2 loss to WEMJWP's Will Storch (the No. 3 seed) during Saturday's semifinals in the Class A 220-pound division. The Nevis senior rebounded to defeat Paynesville's Grant Ludwig 8-2 during Saturday's consolation semifinals and capped off a 38-10 season with a 6-5 double-overtime victory over Frazee's Luke Tweeton in the third-place match. Both wrestlers had escapes in the first overtime before Schmidt escaped in the second overtime to end his state debut with a third-place medal.

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