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Wrestling: Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale-Parkers Prairie takes sixth at meet in Wadena

11 Raiders earned top-six finishes.

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The Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale-Parkers Prairie wrestling team began the 2022-23 season with a sixth place finish at the Wadena-Deer Creek Dennis Kaatz Memorial tournament on Saturday, Dec. 3 in Wadena.

The Raiders had 11 top-six finishers, led by runner-up finishes from Bennet Arceneau (132), Deagan Captain (145) and David Revering (152).

Arceneau pinned his first three opponents (2:58, 3:32 and 3:11) to get to finals where he fell to Brainerd’s Easton Dircks (1:55) who is the second-ranked wrestler in Class AAA at 132 by The Guillotine. 

Captain earned a win via technical fall in the first round (16-1, 3:00) and an 11-3 major decision in the semifinals. Captain, who is ranked No. 8 in Class A by The Guillotine lost in the finals on Saturday to No. 5 ranked wrestler, Colbe Tappe of Staples-Motley by an 8-1 decision.

The Raiders had third place finishes by Holden Traux (106) and Orran Hart (113).

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Traux picked up two wins via pins (5:13 and 3:00) and had a consolation semifinal win via forfeit.

Hart defeated teammate Justin Olson in the third place match at 113. Hart earned two wins via pin (0:49 and 2:13) and one via forfeit. Olson earned two pins en route to earning fourth.

Isaac Grabow (106) earned fifth place with a 3-2 win over Brainerd’s Jackson Berhow and Grabow had two pins earlier in the tournament.

Evan Jares won his fifth place match at 126 pounds with a pin of Owen Lund (Badger-GB-MR) in 51 seconds, his second pin of the day.

Rounding out the Raiders’ top-six finishers, Preston Captian earned sixth at 120 pounds, while Cayden Kimber and Hunter Strom did the same at 182 and 285 respectively.

Pequot Lakes-Pine River-Backus won the meet with 218 points. BHVPP had 125.5 points.

BHVPP wrestles at Underwood High School beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesday along with Sebeka (UNC) and Otter Tail Central.

Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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