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Ben Donnelly, who entered the state competition unranked and ended his year with a 37-9 record, defeated Rochester Mayo sophomore Jake Hanson 3-1 in the fifth-place match to earn All-State honors in his second state tournament.

Year in Review 2011: Donnelly, Herold-Plakut make 'state'-ments


For Woodbury's Justin Herold-Plakut and Ben Donnelly, their second trip to the state wrestling tournament went much better than their first.

After losing their first matches at the 2010 state meet and being eliminated on the first day, Donnelly, as an eighth-grader, finished in fifth place and Herold-Plakut, then a freshman, went 2-2 in four matches at the state wrestling tournament in 2011.

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