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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.

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.