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JCC wrestlers win section and first state tournament match

In one day, the Jackson County Central high school wrestling team captured its Section 3A championship and won its quarterfinal match in the state tournament.

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ST. JAMES -- In one day, the Jackson County Central high school wrestling team captured its Section 3A championship and won its quarterfinal match in the state tournament.

Due to Covid rules, the postseason wrestling regulations are different this year. JCC wasn't done when it defeated Minneota 33-28 for its sectional championship in St. James. The Huskies had to turn right around and wrestle the Section 2A champion, Kenyon-Wanamingo, in a quarterfinal state tournament match. They won that one, too, 45-30.

JCC will compete in the state semifinals Saturday, March 27, at St. Michael-Albertville High School.

Huskies head coach Nate Hanson said Saturday night that he was very happy at the way his matmen competed. "The guys did a great job. I was actually more concerned with our Section 3 opponent, Minneota, than I was about Section 2," he said, mentioning that he lost a pre-match flip to the Vikings, which gave the Vikings an edge in determining matchups.

Caleb Vacura, at 195 pounds, clinched Jackson County Central's victory over Minneota with a fall at 1:40 against the Vikings' Connor Sik. Other Huskies who won matches were Nolan Ambrose (106 pounds), Kie Anderson (113), Logan Butzon (126), Thomas Freking (132), Payton Handevidt (152) and William Freking (182). Ambrose, Thomas Freking and Handevidt pinned their opponents.

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In the match with Kenyon-Wanamingo, JCC won five of the first six weight classes. Ambrose, Anderson, Trey Rossow, Butzon, Thomas Freking, Matthew Haley, Handevidt, William Freking and Vacura were winners.

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