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Clark, Dravis receive all-conference honors

Despite not being able to wrestle at the Mid-State Conference tournament before a home crowd at the Century School gym on Jan. 25, Park Rapids senior Ashton Clark was recognized as the conference's Most Valuable Wrestler.

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Park Rapids' Cody Dravis, shown wrestling Staples-Motley's Owen Bjerga during the Mid-State Conference tournament on Jan. 25, received all-conference honorable mention honors after going 4-1 in the five conference matches. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

Despite not being able to wrestle at the Mid-State Conference tournament before a home crowd at the Century School gym on Jan. 25, Park Rapids senior Ashton Clark was recognized as the conference's Most Valuable Wrestler.

Clark was undefeated on the season with a 15-0 record before suffering a fractured fibula near his ankle during the Ogilvie tournament on Jan. 5. Clark was also rated No. 4 at 120 pounds in the latest state Class AA poll and surpassed 150 career wins earlier this season. The Park Rapids senior is hoping to return to the mats in time for the Section 8AA individual tournament at Hawley on Feb. 22.

In addition to Clark, Detroit Lakes' Fabyon Greer (who was rated No. 5 at 138 in the state Class AA poll and didn't wrestle in the tournament) was also an at-large selection to the all-conference team. The other wrestlers who received Mid-State Conference honors went undefeated during the six-team conference tournament.

That group featured Detroit Lakes' Cade Okeson at 106, Detroit Lakes' Cade Jackson at 113, Aitkin's Carson Kullhem at 120, Detroit Lakes' Brody Ullyott at 126, Detroit Lakes' Blake Weber at 132, Aitkin's Luke Pelorski at 138, Detroit Lakes' Blaine Henderson at 145, Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus' Jake Pohler at 152 and 160, Staples-Motley's Owen Bjerga at 152 and 160, Detroit Lakes' Isaiah Thompson at 170, Detroit Lakes' Noah Olds at 182, Detroit Lakes' Jordan Skadsem at 195, Crosby-Ironton's Taylor Eigenheer at 220 and Detroit Lakes' Charles Bennett at 285.

Joining Clark and Greer in the latest state Class AA poll are Okeson (No. 8 at 106), Thompson (No. 2 at 170), Olds (No. 7 at 182) and Skadsem (No. 9 at 195). Listed in the state Class A poll are Bjerga (No. 2 at 160) and Eigenheer (No. 7 at 220).

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Among wrestlers earning all-conference honorable mention honors for posting 4-1 records during the tournament was Park Rapids senior Cody Dravis, who was rated No. 7 at 160 in the latest state Class AA poll. Dravis wrestled at 160 during the conference meet, posting three pins and a major decision while dropping a 7-2 minor decision to Bjerga. Dravis currently has a 26-3 record this season.

The other honorable mention wrestlers were Detroit Lakes' Bradly Swiers at 120; Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus' Harley Lange at 145/152, Keenan Dahl at 182 and Josh Pettit at 220/285; Aitkin's Marshall Larson at 106, Tyler Spolarich at 145 and Quin Miller at 152; Crosby-Ironton's John Paul Fitzpatrick at 113, Adam Christopher at 126, Nate Williams at 132 and Kyle Blazek at 285; and Staples-Motley's Spencer Miller at 145. Christopher (No. 9 at 126), Williams (No. 8 at 132) and Miller (No. 3 at 145) were listed in the latest state Class A poll.

Detroit Lakes went 5-0 in the five dual meets to win the conference title. The Lakers, who were rated No. 8 in the latest in the state Class AA poll, defeated Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus (56-16), Aitkin (56-9), Crosby-Ironton (62-5), Staples-Motley (66-12) and Park Rapids (69-10) to repeat as conference champs and improve to 19-2 in dual meets.

Park Rapids only entered six wrestlers and forfeited the first seven matches in each dual in going 0-5 in the tournament. The Panthers were also defeated by Crosby-Ironton (48-24), Staples-Motley (45-21), Aitkin (48-30) and PLPRB (57-18).

PLPRB finished second with a 4-1 record with wins over Crosby-Ironton (47-28), Staples-Motley (42-28) and Aitkin (45-33). Aitkin defeated Staples-Motley (63-11) and Crosby-Ironton (43-29) to finish third with a 3-2 record while Staples-Motley defeated Crosby-Ironton (38-30) to place fourth at 2-3. Crosby-Ironton went 1-4 to finish fifth.

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Park Rapids senior Ashton Clark, who was undefeated on the season before suffering a fractured fibula near his ankle during the Ogilvie tournament on Jan. 5 and rated No. 4 at 120 pounds in the latest state Class AA poll, was named the Mid-State Conference's Most Valuable Wrestler. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

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