North Dakota Team Exposed to Raccoon Pulled from Tournament

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By Aaron Hepker

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A raccoon has ended a North Dakota team's bid for a fourth consecutive regional championship in high school wrestling.

The Carrington High School team was pulled from Saturday's tournament when officials discovered the athletes had been exposed to a live raccoon.

Grafton Police Sgt. Anthony Dumas says the team picked up what members thought was a dead raccoon on the way to the tournament in Grafton and stowed in the storage area of their bus. Dumas says when the compartment was opened later, the raccoon "just trotted away."

He says no one was scratched or bitten by the animal.

The Grand Forks Herald reports that school officials decided to bring the team home as a precaution. State health officials say there's no health risk to athletes who competed against Carrington.

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