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Mustang Wrestlers Win Section Crown

Monday, February 23rd, 2009 at 6:32 am

No one is better than the Mora Mustangs on the mat, in their section.  The Mustangs wrestling team claimed the section title with wins over Milaca and Hibbing, Friday.  Mora advances to the state tournament which kicks off March 2nd at the Xcel Energy Center.

A busy day on the college hardwood.  Both the Gophers and Badgers in action, both in pivotal late season match-ups.

Tuby Smith’s Gophers route Northwestern  72-45 at the Barn, in a game that keeps Minnesota’s NCAA tournament dreams alive.  Lawrence Westbrook led U of M with 17 points including four triples.  Not one Wildcat scored in double digits.   Minnesota used some stingy defense to pick up their eighth conference win.  Gophers are at 16th ranked Illinois, Thursday.

The Badgers got their crack of a ranked team on the road, Sunday.  Despite holding a double digit lead in East Lansing, Wisconsin falls to fifth ranked Michigan State 61-50.  Trevon Hughes dropped 12 in the loss, but was out done by Spartans big man Goran Suton, who poured in 16 points and 10 boards.  The loss in the first for Wisconsin since January 31st.  It also ends a five game win streak.  Badgers host Michigan Sunday.

The Al Jefferson-less T-wolves gave the Western Conference’s best team a run for their money at Target Center, but in the end Kobe Bryant and the Lakers hold on for a 111-108 win.  The Lakers big three did damage.  Bryant  scored 28, Pau Gasol chipped in 25 as did Lamar Odom, who also added 14 boards.  Sebastian Telfair continues his solid play with 20 points and five dimes.  T-wolves have lost 10 of 12.  They are in Toronto, Tuesday.

The T-wolves are sliding, the Wild are gliding.  Minnesota’s icers drop two of the Western Conferences top four teams on back-to-back nights.  After smoking Detroit 5-2, Saturday, the Wild respond in Chicago beating the Blackhawks 2-1.  Peter Olvecky scores the game winner in the third period.  Minnesota now has 64 points and are clinging to the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference.

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