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Shane Novak's bid to repeat as a two-time state champion was thwarted 9-7 by Louie Sanders in the final. Photo by Robert Williams/FOCUS

Novak falls 9-2 in state championship final


ST. PAUL -- No. 2-ranked Louie Sanders, of Lake Crystal/Wellcome-Memorial, got up on New York Mill's No. 1-ranked Shane Novak early and stalled out late in the match for a 9-7 victory in the Class A 120-pound state championship match.

Sanders came out shooting and got a quick takedown and two-point near fall to lead 4-0 in the initial seconds of the match. Novak scored an escape and Sanders followed it up with another takedown for a commanding 6-1 lead after the first period.

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Robert Williams
Robert has been the Sports Editor for the Focus since 2010 covering multiple state and national championship teams and is a mainstay at state tournaments each season covering the successful, athletic programs of Perham and New York Mills High Schools.
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