Three State medals for C-I Wrestlers, Braham girls rip RC

Saturday Sports: Cambridge-Isanti wrestlers Clayton Jennissen, Travis Holt and Cody Skog worked through their respective State Wrestling brackets to all come with medals after Day 2 was held at the Xcel Center.

Jennissen placed 3rd at 182 lbs. by stringing together three wins in the wrestlebacks, including shutting down Henry Sibley’s Rabiu 5-0 in the 3rd-place match Saturday evening. Jennissen, who medaled three straight years at State, closed the 2012 season with a 44-4 record.

At 160, Holt placed 5th with a 3-1 run in the wrestlebacks, getting the 5th-place medal when Lakeville North’s Kalista forfeited because of a strained knee. On Saturday, Holt earned a 5-4 decision over SC Tech’s Amundson, then dropped a match by fall to Albert Lea’s Westerlund.

At 152, Skog finished in 6th-place after having to forfeit his final match while dealing with the after-effects of getting slammed to the mat in the prior 5-2 loss to Apple Valley’s Manville. In the consolation quarterfinals, Skog shut out Irondale’s Weinmann 4-0.

Section 7AA Playoffs: Braham Girls 82, Rush City 50

The Bomber forced several Rush City turnovers to build an early lead, then kept rolling to a 32-point win over the Tigers in the 7AA quarterfinals March 3 at UMD. Braham owned a large rebounding edge and hit 7-of-16 three-pointers to sweep all three games against Rush City this season.

Becca Dahlman, shrugging off a knee ding which occurred in the opening-round win over Hinckley, led Braham with 36 points and 12 rebounds. More leading scorers for the Bombers were Kelsey Sorenson-Giffrow (20 points, 5 rebounds), Austyn Eng (7 points), Becca Cuda (6 points), and Kayla Nickles (6 points).

All four top seeds won in the 7AA quarterfinals. No. 1 South seed Braham will take on North No. 2 International Falls in the Tuesday, March 6 semifinals back at the UMD gym (6 p.m.). Playing in the 8 p.m. semis will be North No. 1 Esko and South No. 2 Mora. The 7AA championship will be Thursday, March 8 at UMD (7 p.m.).

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