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Benson wrestlers fail to place at state tourney

Jared Knutson (top) was one of five Benson wrestlers competing at the State Tourney.  He lost his first match, 3-2, and did not have a chance at another match.  He ended his career with a second-best 138 career wins.

Five Benson wrestlers competed at the Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament this past weekend at the Excel Centre in St. Paul.  It was the most wrestlers Benson has sent to state in many years.

Competing at the state tourney were senior Hunter Mondor at 120 pounds, senior Wyatt McGee at 152, senior Jared Knutson at 160, senior Dylan Stewart at 182 pounds, and eighth-grader Thomas Dineen at 195.

All five of the Benson wrestlers had placed second at the Section 5A Tourney the previous weekend at Minnewaska Area High School.

Mondor and Stewart also qualified to state last year, while Knutson qualified to state as a ninth-grader, but came up just short the last two seasons.

During the state tourney, Mondor, McGee, Knutson, and Dineen all lost their first-round matches and were eliminated, while Stewart went 0-2.

The Benson wrestling team went 13-10 overall this season, earning a berth in the “Final Four” section tournament in Benson.

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06
Mar
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Gunderson goes 4-2 to earn fourth place at State Wrestling Tournament

Coy Gunderson (top) went 4-2 at the State Tourney, Friday and Saturday, placing fourth at 106 pounds.

Coy Gunderson and Jared Carlson competed at the Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament this past weekend at the Xcel Center in St. Paul.  Gunderson went 4-2 at  106 pounds during the state tourney to place fourth overall, while Carlson went 0-2 at 145 pounds and failed to place.

The KMS wrestling team was knocked out in the quarterfinal round of the Section 5A Team Wrestling Tournament with a 46-19 loss to the BBE Jaguars.  Long Prairie-GE-Browerville went on to earn the section team title and also placed first at the Class A State Tourney.

Gunderson, a ninth-grader, has been ranked among the top 10 wrestlers at state all season.  He won 30 matches last season and ended this year with a 41-5 record, giving him 71 career victories with three years of high school wrestling to go.

Carlson reached 100 career victories late this season and ends his great wrestling career at KMS with 108 career victories.  He was 32-9 this season.

Wed
27
Feb
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Braves win thriller over Redwood in OT

Will Enderson (left) goes up for a block attempt against Ethan Hauge during a win by Benson last week.

The Benson boys basketball team is peaking at the right time after going 2-1 last week with wins over KMS (61-49) and Redwood Valley (90-88 in overtime) sandwiched around a 72-49 loss at Lac qui Parle.

The Braves ended the regular season with a 7-17 overall record, which includes a 3-11 mark within the WCC to place seventh.

Coming up is the start of the Section 3AA Boys Basketball Tournament, and the Braves were seeded seventh of the nine teams in the section and were set to play at second-seeded Minnewaska Area at 7 p.m., Saturday in the section opener.

The section tourney continues March 7, 9, and the championship at 5 p.m., Thursday, March 14 at SMSU...

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Wed
27
Feb
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Benson girls fall on last- second shot in 3AA opener

Claire Ricard goes up for a shot against Litchfield.  She ended the game with 20 points and three rebounds.

The Benson girls basketball team played one of its best games of the season, but still had its season end with a 61-60 loss at Litchfield during the opening round of the Section 3AA Girls Basketball Tournament, Saturday.

The Braves led for most of the first half before Litchfield hit a long three-pointer to go into halftime with a 28-27 advantage.  Benson also held the lead late in the second half after scoring the go-ahead basket with under 30 seconds left.  However, the Dragons hit the winning shot with about 15 seconds left and the Braves were unable to answer at the other end.

Benson closed out the 2018-19 season with a 7-18 overall record, which includes a 3-10 mark within the WCC to finish sixth overall.  Sauk Centre was 14-0 to repeat as league champion.
Seniors lost to graduation from this year’s Benson girls basketball team are Gracie Lenz, Jacqui Hanson, Katelyn Tolifson, Katelyn Young, Matilyn Short, Olivia Hoffman, and Paige Cain...

Tue
26
Feb
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Ahrndt has high finish of 18th at State Gymnastics

Mariah Ahrndt competed in her second-straight State Gymnastics Meet this past Saturday at the University of Minnesota campus.  Above, she performs on the floor exercise where she placed 18th, and at right, she performs on the uneven bars, in which she placed 32nd.  She was also 35th on the beam.

Benson junior Mariah Ahrndt competed at the State Gymnastics Meet, Saturday at the University of MN, Maturi Pavilion.

Ahrndt qualified to state in the floor exercise, balance beam, and uneven bars, earning her second-straight trip to state this winter.

At the State Meet, Ahrndt had a high finish of 18th on the floor exercise with a score of 9.4.  She was also 32nd on the uneven bars with a score of 8.45, and was 35th on the balance beam with a score of 8.65.

Ahrndt just missed out on also qualifying to state in the all-around after finishing fourth at the Section 6A Meet.

“It was another great experience at the state meet,” coach Kathy Ahrndt said.  “Nearly all the varsity and JV team members were along for a fun-filled weekend.  As a team, we also watched the A and AA team competition the day before.”

Tue
26
Feb
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Five Braves and two Saints to state!

Among the wrestlers qualifying to state from KMS and Benson are Coy Gunderson (left), who won the title at 106 pounds, Hunter Mondor (top, right), who placed second at 120 pounds, and Dylan Stewart, second at 182.
Among the wrestlers qualifying to state from KMS and Benson are Coy Gunderson (left), who won the title at 106 pounds, Hunter Mondor (top, right), who placed second at 120 pounds, and Dylan Stewart, second at 182.

The Benson wrestling team qualified five wrestlers to the state tournament and KMS added another two state qualifiers during the Section 5A Individual Wrestling Tournament, Saturday at Minnewaska Area.

KMS’ Coy Gunderson won an individual title at 106 pounds for KMS, while Jared Carlson earned second at 145 pounds.

Benson meanwhile, had five wrestlers finish second overall and a total of 11 wrestlers that finished in the top six during one of the best days of wrestling for the Benson wrestling program in many years.

Placing second for Benson and earning state berths were senior Hunter Mondor at 120 pounds, senior Wyatt McGee at 152, senior Jared Knutson at 160, senior Dylan Stewart at 182 pounds, and eighth-grader Thomas Dineen at 195.

Mondor and Stewart also qualified to state last year, while Knutson qualified to state as a ninth-grader, but came up just short the last two seasons.

Wed
20
Feb
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Storm fall in double OT to PC in section opener

Brady Goff (20) grabs a loose puck from behind the MBA net as Will Breuer (5) battles with an opponent.  MBA lost to PC in the section opener.

The MBA Storm fell to Prairie Centre in the Section 6A opener, Saturday night in Sauk Centre, 5-4 in double overtime.  The Storm were seeded 10th in the 10-team section, while Prairie Centre was seeded seventh.

The Storm trailed 3-1 after two periods, but rallied with three goals in the final period.  However, PC scored 12 seconds into the second overtime to earn the victory and move on to the quarterfinal round.

Earlier in the week, the Storm had two games canceled to close out the regular season.  MBA was scheduled to play Breckenridge-Wahpeton last Tuesday and play at Marshall, Thursday, but both of those games were called off due to weather.

MBA lost to Prairie Centre twice earlier this season, 9-3 and 4-1, but this time, the Storm were up to the challenge, falling just short of the upset win.

Wed
20
Feb
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Braves fall to Morris Area-CA, 72-56

Will Enderson (left) uses a pick by Devon Liles (44) to get around an opponent and drive the lane during a recent game in Benson.

The Benson boys basketball team fell to 5-16 overall with a 65-46 loss at Morris Area-CA, Friday night.  The Braves, who are 3-11 in the WCC with one conference game to go, were also supposed to play at Ortonville last Tuesday night, but that game was cancelled due to weather.

Benson finished the season in seventh place in the WCC.  Melrose is 12-1 with one game to go, while BOLD is 10-1 with three league left to play.  This week, the Braves close out the regular-season with a home game against KMS, Monday, a game at Lac qui Parle, Tuesday (yesterday), and a game at home, Friday against Redwood Valley.

The Section 3AA opener is set for 7 p.m., Saturday, March 2 and it appears Benson will open up section play at Redwood Valley or Minnewaska Area...

Wed
20
Feb
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Calls lead KMS to win over MACCRAY

Alex Call (right) goes up a shot during a recent game in KMS.  Call had 18 points during a recent 63-52 win by the Saints.

The KMS boys basketball team had three games scheduled for last week, but was able to get just one game in due to weather.  The Saints won at MACCRAY, Friday, 63-52, raising their record to 9-9 and 6-5 in the Camden North Conference.

The battle for the Camden North title has turned into a battle as Lac qui Parle leads the conference with a 9-5 league mark, followed by RCW (8-5), Prinsburg (7-6), KMS and Dawson-Boyd (both 6-6) and MACCRAY (4-8).

The Saints have five games left on the regular-season schedule, including four this week.  KMS was set to play at Benson, Monday, host MACCRAY, Thursday (tomorrow), entertain LQP, Friday, and host Prinsburg, Saturday...

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Wed
20
Feb
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Ahrndt earns return trip to State Gymnastics Meet

Mariah Ahrndt earned her second-straight State Gymnastics berth at the Section 6A Meet, Saturday.

Mariah Ahrndt earned her second-straight trip to the State Gymnastics Meet after qualifying to the state meet in the uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise at the Section 6A Meet, Saturday at NLS High School. 

Ahrndt missed out on qualifying in the all-around, too, after scoring a 36.125 in the all-around to place fourth overall.

Willmar won the team title by almost five points over perennial power Melrose Area, while NLS was third, Litchfield-DC fourth, and Benson-KMS fifth of the 10 competing teams.

Benson-KMS’ score of 130.65 was the seventh time in 11 meets the Fighting Braves have scored 130 or more points.  The State Gymnastics Meet is set for Feb. 22-23 at St. Paul...

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