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Wrestling: Kelly Johnson and Blaze Nelson both reach 100 career wins in Fergus Falls

Nelson and Johnson were part of five wrestlers who went 3-0 on the night as the Cardinals finished 2-1 as a team.

Kelly Johnson wrestling
Alexandria junior Kelly Johnson, top, wrestles in a match against Pequot Lakes on Dec. 14, 2021. Johnson earned his 100th career win in a match against Ottertail Central that was wrestled at the Fergus Falls quad on Feb. 4, 2022. He went 3-0 on the night to help Alexandria finish 2-1 as a team.
Eric Morken / Alexandria Echo Press

FERGUS FALLS — The Alexandria wrestling team went 2-1 at a quad in Fergus Falls on Friday night, beating Ottertail Central 63-18 and Fergus Falls 60-15 around a 46-36 loss to Sartell.

Alexandria juniors Blaze Nelson and Kelly Johnson both secured their 100th career wins in the match against OTC.

Blaze Nelson
Blaze Nelson

“This is a huge accomplishment in a wrestler’s career and shows the tremendous effort and commitment these two young men have to the sport of wrestling and the Alexandria program,” assistant coach Andrew Kratzke said.

The Cardinals (12-8) wrestled Sartell in their final match of the day, and they knew it would come down to a few close matches to get the team win.

“Going into the last weight, the dual was up for grabs and whoever won that match would likely win the dual,” Kratzke said. “Unfortunately, we came up just a little short in that last match but the effort and energy tonight was tremendous from all the wrestlers. They gave themselves a chance and put themselves in a position to win each and every match. It was great to see that effort and energy as we begin the stretch run before section tournaments.”

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Nolan Fettig, Mason McGrane, Nelson, Johnson, and Mason Teaser all went 3-0 on the night to help lead Alexandria.

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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