Sixth-seeded Moorhead shocked the No. 3 Brainerd Warriors 37-22 in the quarterfinals of the Section 8-3A team tournament Saturday at Brainerd High School.
The Spuds won the first four matches for a 16-point lead and allowed Brainerd to win only three of the first nine matches, five in all.
Brainerd had won 10 of its last 11 dual meets in the regular season and had thumped Moorhead 38-24 Jan. 14.
“A month ago we won all those matches we needed to win, and it didn’t happen today,” Warriors co-head coach Mike Boran said. “Today, they got rolling, they got a couple of big ones that turned things around. Once the train gets rolling like that it’s hard to stop, and we couldn’t get a stop.
“Looking back, I thought we had a good week of practice, I thought we worked hard and we were ready to go, but it didn’t go that way today. We didn’t come out ready to wrestle.
“Give (Moorhead) credit, they were ready. They got the matchups, they won the matches they needed to. Now we look to individuals next weekend (at Sauk Rapids).”
Moorhead 37, Brainerd 22
106: Grant Brendemuhl (M) dec. Andy Schlosser 12-7
113: Taylor Laidlaw (M) pinned Drew Breun 1:36
120: Kenny Mark (M) dec. Jake Zelinske 9-3
126: Jacob Rositas (M) maj. dec. Josh Schultz 11-3
132: Dan Babineau (B) tech. fall Nick Lorenzen 5:45
138: Shane White (B) tech. fall 5:35
145: Mike Zupan pinned Luke Boran 3:36
152: Joe Carpenter (M) dec. Nate Adams 6-0
160: Jeff Flickinger (B) dec. Tom Wychor 10-3
170: Ben Herbst (M) dec. Jace Engelmann 4-2
182: AJ Wheeler (M) dec. Levi Rubin 6-4 ot
195: Chase Morlock (M) pinned Casey Biever 5:23
220: Sam Adams (B) pinned Jens Hulden 1:02
285: James Weiss (B) dec. Branden Edner 2-1
Overall: Brd finishes 13-5. Next: Brainerd in Section 8-3A individual tournament, Friday-Saturday, at Sauk Rapids.
No. 8 Sauk Rapids 45, No. 9 Alexandria 18
No. 1 Little Falls 44, Sauk Rapids 23
No. 5 St. Cloud Tech 34, No. 4 Sartell 29
No. 2 St. Cloud Apollo 43, No. 7 Bemidji 30
No. 6 Moorhead 37, No. 3 Brainerd 22
Little Falls 57, Tech 13
Apollo 35, Moorhead 31
Little Falls 46, Apollo 24