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Eagles Park Region Conference - North Division favorites

Front row L-R: Tori Paavola, Karlie Pikula, Madison Friedrichs, Alexis Rankka, Victoria Selander, Hailey Holtti. Second row: Kyle Curtis, Tanner Paavola, Mariah Novak, Brooklyn Frost, Kyle Vorderbruggen, Maison Roberts, Shane Novak, Kendal Salo, Kori Salo, Jett Saewert, Zach Frost. Third row: Head Coach Eric Niemi, Max Carlson, Tyler Ehnert, Michael Meyer, Andrew Mindermann, Noah Pesola, Gunner Flynn, Andrew Perala, Taylor Ericksrud, Coach Doug Salo. Fourth row: Coach Mike Weller, John Flynn, Taylor Thom...

The Park Region Conference will have a different look this season and the New York Mills are favorites to take the North division, along with Bertha-Hewitt Verndale.

The conference breakdown:

North: New York Mills, United North Central, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale, Ottertail Central, Parkers Prairie.

South: Royalton, Osakis, Browerville/Eagle Valley, West Central Area, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle.

The Eagles return nine experienced wrestlers, including state runner-up Shane Novak, who is ranked #2 at 120 pounds.

Two other Eagle wrestlers are Class A state-ranked: Noah Pesola, fifth at 182 pounds; and Tyler Patron eighth at 195 pounds.

Pesola brings state experience from last year's meet.

Eric Niemi returns to coach a team that went 14-5 in duals last season.

The Eagles have their first matches Friday, Dec. 9 at the Staples-Motley triangular with the hosts and D-G-F.