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Blue Hawks qualify 6 for nationals

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MITCHELL, S.D. — The Dickinson State wrestling team will have a strong presence at the NAIA national championships in March.

Six Blue Hawks qualified for nationals at the North Region Saturday. Seniors Jesse Hellinger and Brian Klevis will represent DSU along with junior Tyler Johnson, sophomores Skylar Carroll and Sean Elkins and freshman Seth Ehlang.

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Hellinger won first place at 197 pounds and was named the region’s outstanding wrestler after pinning Hastings College (Neb.) Grant Harill at 4 minutes, 12 seconds at 197 pounds. Carroll finished in fourth place. Tyler Johnson took third place at 157, Klevis came in at fifth place for heavyweight, while Ehlang and Elkins rounded out at sixth place at 141 and 157, respectively.

The wrestlers have two weeks before traveling to compete. Nationals will be held in Topeka, Kan., starting at 8 a.m. March 7.

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