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Wrestlers heading to Rochester for The Clash this weekend

The Clash is certainly one of the nation's top dual-meet wrestling tournaments. And it's finally here.

This weekend, the Hastings wrestlers will travel to Rochester for the tournament.

Hastings is the No. 4-seeded team in its bracket. There are 32 teams in the meet.

Included in the field are Apple Valley (No. 3 nationally), Simley (No. 8), Montini Catholic, Ill. (No. 17), Wisconsin Rapids (No. 25), Wausau, Wis., West (No. 26), Hastings (No. 27), Park Hill, Mo. (No. 30), Grand Island, Neb. (No. 34), Roseburg, Ore. (No. 37) and Waverly-Shell Rock, Iowa (No. 38).

The other 22 teams? They're not too bad, either. Included in the field are five schools that won state titles last year.

One of those schools, Skutt Catholic from Nebraska, is Hastings' first-round opponent. They aren't ranked nationally, but won the Class B state title last year.

Apple Valley is the No. 1-ranked team in the tournament. The top-ranked team in Hastings' 8-team bracket is Montini Catholic.

Should the Raiders advance past Skutt Catholic, they'd face Montini in the second round.

Hastings faced Montini last year and beat them. The Raiders ended up placing eighth last year.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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