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Some Wrestlers Took Snowmobiles to Section Tournament

Created: 02/21/2014 6:34 PM KAALtv.com
By: Sean Boswell

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The only battles that were supposed to be fought Friday were in high school sports. Two Rochester high school hockey teams decided to turn around rather than make the trip north for their games.

On the mats, the sectional qualifying wrestling tournament in Rochester turned into a battle within itself for many Minnesota high schools.

     

"Very different," said Goodhue High School wrestler Mariano Biglak. "We couldn't see anything, the drift was just pretty bad."

The Goodhue High School wrestling team was just one school that had a very unique journey to Rochester.

"Most of us took snowmobiles down here, to get to the school, and then we had three Suburban’s from there, three or four pick us up and then we rode all the way from the school to Rochester," said Biglak.

A few miles on a snow mobile wasn't the problem for the Northfield team. For the players, an extra night at a hotel was necessary.

"We got a bunch of seniors on our team so it'd be heartbreaking for them not to be down here," said Northfield coach Chad Johnson.

"A variety of ways to make this happen today," said tournament manager Mark Kuisle.

Kuisle said the tournament needed to happen on Friday.

"We moved some things back, gave the teams an extra two hours to get here, and we condensed some things so that we could get this tournament back on track," said Kuisle.

     

The team from La Crescent had its own struggles.

"The bus company actually called and wanted us to come back and wait until the roads were cleared, but we were already halfway here by the time they called and we just said we're not turning around for this," said La Crescent coach Alex Kahler.

The tournament itself featured 32 schools from around Minnesota all competing to go to the state championship.



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