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Somerset wrestlers notch third straight Middle Border Conference dual win

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Finishing the Middle Border Conference dual meet season with three straight wins gives the Somerset wrestling team some momentum heading into this Saturday's conference tournament.

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The 2013 MBC wrestling tournament will be held Saturday at New Richmond High School, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The Spartans finished their MBC season last Thursday with an exciting 40-36 win at Prescott. That came on the heels of victories over Osceola and Durand.

Somerset finished fifth in the MBC dual standings, but Spartan coach Mitch Flandrick has higher goals for the team in the conference tournament.

"Our goal is to place third or fourth. We'd need to have a great tournament to get past New Richmond, that would be a huge accomplishment," he said.

Somerset senior Bobby LeRoy is a defending MBC champion, winning the 120-pound title a year ago. Somerset's Gabe Flandrick and Max Praschak were second place finishers in last year's conference tournament.

The Spartans closed their regular season with last Thursday's win at Prescott, where both teams jostled their lineup to get the best matchups wherever possible.

The evening started at 113 pounds, with the first three classes all ending in forfeits. Somerset won the first two matches that reached the mat, with Logan Peterson winning 2-0 at 132 pounds and LeRoy winning 9-4 at 138 pounds. LeRoy had battled Prescott's Nick Opdahl to a 1-0 final at the Northern Badger Invite, so the Spartan coaches were pleased that LeRoy could win comfortably this time.

The teams traded wins through the next four classes, with Bailey White and Flandrick getting Somerset's wins.

Prescott reached the 195-pound match with a 30-22 lead, but Somerset would lock up the team victory with wins in the next three weight classes. A huge win for the Spartans came at 195 pounds, where Cole Martinsen was on the attack from the opening whistle, scoring a pin in 33 seconds. The Spartans received a forfeit at 220, giving them a 34-30 advantage.

The Spartans needed one more win to lock up the victory. Senior Zane Von Holtum did that in convincing style, pinning Prescott's Rocky Blomker 59 seconds into the 285-pound match.

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