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Century gets hot, tops Dickinson

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson High eighth-grader Todd Irwin, top, pins Bismarck Century’s Lucas Wetsch at 106 pounds during a West Region dual on Thursday at DHS gymnasium. The Patriots defeated the Midgets 40-24.

When Dickinson High senior Chris Sickler takes the mat at heavyweight, he’s giving up anywhere between 50 to 70 pounds.

Sickler’s trick to winning matches is to rely on quickness rather than brute strength.

The Dickinson senior picked up a pin at 4 minutes, 7 seconds against Bismarck Century’s Tanner Krefting during the heavyweight match.

“You just have to go out there and hope you are in better shape than the other guy,” he said with laugh. “You just have to wear them out.”

Despite the Midgets collecting three pins in the match, the Patriots swung together five straight wins to take a 40-24 West Region dual victory on Thursday at DHS gymnasium.

“We weren’t disappointed at all,” Dickinson co-head coach Adam Orton said. “We wrestled tough. We wrestled close matches.”

The Patriots win marked the first West Region dual loss for the Midgets. Century is now 6-0 in the West Region, while Dickinson is 5-1.

Pins were tough to come by for Century. The Patriots received just one at 220 pounds when senior Shawn Greenwood pinned sophomore Dual Keck in 2:47.

Though Century only had one pin, the team collected 12 points on a pair of Dickinson forfeits. The Patriots’ forfeit wins came from Nate Humann (113) and Hunter Babeck (170), who are ranked No. 1 and No. 3 in their respected weight classes.

“Pins were hard to come by,” Century head coach Jerald Lemar said. “Kudos to both teams for staying off their backs and working for every ounce they could get. The pins and forfeits we did get helped us with the margin of victory. I feel pretty lucky coming out of here with the victory that we got.”

Jaret Lee (126) and Todd Irwin (106) supplied the Midgets’ two other pins. Lee, who is ranked No. 2 at 120 pounds, pinned Bobby Edick in 2:54, while Irwin finished the match with 14 seconds remaining. Dickinson’s Austin Hutzenbiler (132) and Raphael Lopez (182) won by decision.

Hutzenbiler, who is ranked No. 2 at 113 pounds, opened the dual with a 4-3 win over Chris Willits. Lopez, who moved up a weight class from 170 to 182, defeated Chandler Aarfor in a 4-2 decision. The Dickinson sophomore scored the match-winning takedown in the final 13 seconds.

“I knew it was going to be tough,” Lopez said. “I knew I had to go to work (in the last 30 seconds). He was getting tired. I just had to keep shooting and I would eventually score.”

The Midgets have a quick turnaround and travel to the two-day Belle Fourche Tournament beginning at noon today. Orton said the team is going to focus on the fundamentals.

“Sometimes what you forget as the season goes on is some of the most important stuff,” he said. “That’s what we struggled with (on Thursday). We had the effort, hustle and drive. But, some of our fundamentals were kind of slipping.”

106: Todd Irwin, D, pin. Lucas Wetsch, 5:46. 113: Nate Humann C, by forfeit. 120: Clay Roberts, C, maj. dec. Caden Haugen, 9-1. 126: Jaret Lee, D, pin. Bobby Edick, 2:54. 132: Austin Hutzenbiler, D, dec. Chris Willits, 4-3. 138: Hunter Eckert, C, dec. Devin Berger, 7-0. 145: Brandon Domagala, C, dec. Michael Cherwinski, 6-3. 152: Jacob Rader, C, maj. dec. Jose Dimas, 12-1. 160: Matt Elder, C, maj. dec. Clayton Tangen, 13-0. 170: Hunter Babeck, C, by forfeit. 182: Raphael Lopez, D, dec. Chandler Aarfor, 4-2. 195: Trace Moravec, C, maj. dec. Justin Meyer, 11-3. 220: Shawn Greenwood, C, pin. Dual Keck, 2:47. HWT: Chris Sickler, D, pin. Tanner Krefting, 4:07.