Three area wrestlers won matches in the opening round of the Class 2A state tournament Wednesday night at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Nic Harrison of Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus, ranked third at 135 pounds, pinned Ruben Hidalgo of St. Thomas Academy.
Top-ranked Cody Bue of Little Falls, at 160, opened with a pin against Adam Swenson of Princeton.
Class 2A wrestling
Highlights: Nic Harrison of PL/PR-B and Cody Bue and Charlie Wilczek, both of Little Falls, won their openers.
Next: Quarterfinals 6 p.m. Thursday, wrestlebacks 9 p.m. Thursday at Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul
Charlie Wilczek of Little Falls pinned Jake Kostik of North Branch at 2:59 to advance at 112 pounds.
Frank Wilczek of Little Falls, ranked sixth at 103, was pinned by second-ranked Nick Clobes of Hutchinson.
Area Class 2A Individuals
103: Nick Clobes, Hutchinson, pinned Frank Wilczek, Little Falls, 4:31
112: Charlie Wilczek, Little Falls, pinned Jake Kostik, North Branch, 2:59
130: Ryan Arne, Orono, maj. dec. Zach Humphrey, Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus, 9-0
135: Nic Harrison, Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus, pinned Ruben Hidalgo, St. Thomas Academy, 4:54; Tyler Mergen, Monticello, dec. Dillon Kifer, Little Falls, 7-1
160: Cody Bue, Little Falls, pinned Adam Swenson, Princeton, 3:16
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