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Border West too strong for NY Mills in Section 6A finals

Shane Novak's win at 103 pounds was the high point of the 6A Championship for NY Mills as they lost to Border West, 47-19, Saturday at the Mills Sports Center.

It was a disappointing finish to a fantastic season for the New York Mills wrestlers. The Eagles team season came to an end Saturday at the Mills Sports Center in a 47-19 loss to Border West in the Section 6A championship match.

The Eagles did take a 3-0 lead in the title match, after a 2-0 win by Shane Novak over No. 9 Gus McCarthy. But Border West won the next four matches to go up, 19-3.

Jordan Novak broke the Buccaneer run with a 18-5 major decision over Austin Grey at 135 pounds. That was followed by a good fight from Peter Stark at 140 pounds, but he came up short, losing 8-3.

Border West rolled after that, winning the five matches with three coming by fall. The Bucs secured the championship at 171 pounds, where a major decision win gave them an insurmountable 41-7 lead.

Mills finished the match with a pair of pins by Jarrod Norton at 215 pounds and Landyn Saewert at heavyweight.

Border West, a co-op of Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley, Herman-Norcross and Wheaton high schools, will be making their second trip to State. They went 0-2 at last year's tournament.

Mills advanced to the finals with a 54-16 win over No. 6 Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale in the semifinals earlier Saturday afternoon.

The Eagles stormed out of the gate, winning the first seven matches to go up 39-0. They finished the match with six pins, three coming in the first period.

Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale had upset No. 3 Wadena-Deer Creek, 36-33, in the quarterfinals.

Individuals ahead

New York Mills will also host the Section 6A Individual Tournament at the Sports Center Feb. 26-27.

First round matches on Friday will begin at 12:30 p.m. with the semifinals scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Wrestling will begin on Saturday at 11 a.m. with the wrestleback round. Fifth place matches are scheduled for 2 p.m. with the championship round set for 3 p.m. True second matches will be immediately following the last round.

Both Shane and Jordan Novak are defending section champs. Shane at 103 pounds, Jordan at 135. Jordan went on to finish second at State, while Shane finished fifth.

Saewert also qualified for State last year as the section runner-up. He went 1-2 at State. Other place winners at Sections last year were: Tommy Selander (5th, 112), Maison Roberts (6th, 119), Seth Hofland (4th, 145) and Jarrod Norton (6th, 215).