DSU wins final 2 matches, beat Jimmies
Pins were scarce and the score was tight throughout the wrestling dual between Dickinson State and the University of Jamestown.
“We knew it was going to be a tight dual,” DSU head coach Thadd O’Donnell said. “They’re definitely a solid team and obviously we like to beat Jamestown. They’re a rival school, they’re close, they’re the only other NAIA school in North Dakota so it’s definitely good to get the win.”
Jamestown forfeited at the 133 weight class and the 184 weight class, giving DSU an automatic 12 points for a cushioned lead. The Blue Hawks picked up their first points at 141 as Seth Ehlang won in a 12-0 major decision to put the team up 10-3.
The Jimmies outscored DSU 12-4 from 149 to 174 weight classes to put them ahead by a point. But the team forfeited at 184 and senior Jesse Hellinger (197) recorded DSU’s only pin of the night over freshman Demetreus Roby and sophomore Meyer Bohn sealed the match with a 5-0 decision over Alejandro Ruelas at heavyweight.
Bohn faced Ruelas in the Tyler Plummer Classic last weekend and beat in overtime.
“I didn’t think I was going to wrestle him today because they have another starter so I pretty much focused, because I lost to that guy, on how much better I could get in a week to face this guy,” Bohn said. When it came to facing his backup, I felt pretty confident going into the match and knew I had to create angles and take my shots.”
Like the rest of the season has been going, DSU head coach Thadd O’Donnell saw highs and lows in every match but overall improvements.
The highlight of the match was senior Jon Morales holding senior Pat Nord — who has pinned every opponent he’s met this season — to a 3-0 decision.
“The Nord kid has pinned everybody he’s wrestled this year and pinned his way through our tournament last week,” O’Donnell said. “So we had to go into that close and Jon did a great job. He wrestled a great match and exactly the way he asked him to and moved really well.”
Another wrestler who impressed O’Donnell Friday night and has just improved overall is sophomore Sean Elkins. Since switching from 149 to 157, he has been able to focus on wrestling and worry less about making weight.
Elkins defeated Jevon Schnaubert in an 11-0 major decision and said the lack of mental stress has helped his game.
“It was mentally challenging for me every time and I didn’t make it the last two times,” Elkins said about missing weight. “I decided I just needed to go up because I was getting tossed around out there and since I went up I was able to perform better physically. It was a better move.”
The four-match home stint is over for the Blue Hawks and they go back on the road next week for two more matches. They travel to face Concordia (Minn.) College Thursday night and take part in the North Country Open at St. Johns University Saturday.
DSU will be considered the underdogs at both and try to wrestle above their level. Concordia finished in second at the national duals on Jan. 11 and ranked second in the nation at Division III and schools like St. Cloud State (Minn.) and Augsburg (Minn.) will be competing in the tournament.
The Blue Hawks can only physically prepare so much for their competition, so the team will be primarily focusing on the mental game and aggression.
“Just getting mentally ready to perform because Concordia, we haven’t really dualed them since I’ve been here,” Elkins said. “St. Johns is a really big tournament, I know I had eight matches there last time so it gets long.”
125: Andre Aguinaga, J, dec. Brice Gorsline, 10-3. 133: Cade Coles, DSU, win by forfeit. 141: Seth Ehlang, DSND, maj. dec. Edward Wilson, 12-0. 149: Dillon Kifer, J, pinned Manny Reyes, 5:42. 157: Sean Elkins, DSU, maj. dec. Jevon Schnaubert, J, 11-0. 165: Patrick Nord, J, dec. Jonathan Morales, 3-0. 174: Jaykob Miller, J, dec. Jon Solano, 5-2. 184: Lane Oversen, DSU, win by forfeit. 197: Jesse Hellinger, DSU, pinned Demetreus Roby, J, 4:33. 285: Meyer Bohn, dec. Alejandro Ruelas, 5-0.