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Area Mat Rats going to state tournament

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The Mat Rats of Pine River-Backus and Pequot Lakes have a lot to celebrate as they send four students to the state tournament Saturday, April 6, in Rochester.

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The following four Mat Rats placed third or higher in the regional tournament March 23 in Bemidji to advance: Dalton Myer took the championship for the kindergarten 70-pound class; Owen Carlson was second in the 60-pound weight class; Nathan Nelson placed third in the 60-pound weight class; and Connor Tulenchik finished third in the 70-pound weight class.

Fourth- through sixth-place finishers were invited to compete for a trophy at the state tournament, though they will not compete for a title. These Mat Rats included Max Trumpold, Logan Carlson and Caleb Swenson.

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