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Frazee wrestling coach John Barlund shouts instructions to one of his wrestlers during the 2013 MSHSL State Wrestling Tournament in St. Paul, Minn. Barlund was placed on paid administrative leave by the Frazee-Vergas School District. Brian Wierima/DL Newspapers
Frazee wrestling coach John Barlund shouts instructions to one of his wrestlers during the 2013 MSHSL State Wrestling Tournament in St. Paul, Minn. Barlund was placed on paid administrative leave by the Frazee-Vergas School District. Brian Wierima/DL Newspapers

Frazee-Vergas wrestling coach on administrative leave

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Grand Forks North Dakota 375 2nd Ave. N. 58203

FRAZEE, Minn. -- Frazee-Vergas High School head wrestling coach and gym teacher John Barlund has been placed on paid administrative leave, pending an investigation.

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The district can’t release any other information at this time, said Frazee-Vergas High School Principal Rob Nudell. He wasn’t sure how long the administrative action would last.

Longtime assistant wrestling coach Marty Aho will serve as head coach while Barlund is on leave, Nudell said. Two other assistant coaches “will help as they can,” he said. “All three have done a nice job of stepping up.”

The Frazee-Vergas wrestling team is ranked No. 2 in state Class 1A.

The team sectional tourney starts Feb. 15 in Thief River Falls, and Frazee-Vergas will be looking to defend its section championship from last year.

Under Barlund’s leadership in the last half-dozen or so years, the Frazee-Vergas wrestling team has made multiple trips to the state tournament and clinched one state title.

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