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Superior's Krueger, Northwestern's Smith win wrestling sectional titles

Superior’s Connor Krueger, left, holds onto Ashland’s Justin Defoe
Superior’s Connor Krueger, left, holds onto Ashland’s Justin Defoe as he tries to slip free during their match at 126 pounds in December 2021 in Superior. Krueger qualified for the state tournament in the 126-pound weight class.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

Superior's Connor Krueger and Northwestern's Ian Smith won WIAA sectional championships on Saturday and with it berths to the state tournament.

In Division 1 at Eau Claire North, Krueger, a junior wrestling at 126 pounds, defeated David Hughes of Chippewa Falls with a pin at the 2:29 mark to complete his qualification for the state meet beginning Thursday at the Kohl Center in Madison.

Smith, wrestling in Division 2 at Amery, won a 7-2 decision in the 182-pound final over Caden Weber of Regis/Altoona.

Northwestern's Tommy Brown took fourth at 113, one place out of qualification.

Northwestern’s Ian Smith, top, controls Bloomer-Colfax’ Brok McCann
Northwestern’s Ian Smith, top, controls Bloomer-Colfax’ Brok McCann during their match at 195 pounds Thursday evening, Jan. 6, 2022, in Superior. Smith qualified for the state tournament in the 182 pound class.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

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