Dickinson High needs young guys to come through at stateDickinson High wrestling coach Cody Wolf said he’s just hoping his young group can make some noise at the Class A state tournament, which starts today at the Bismarck Civic Center.
By: Chris Aarhus, The Dickinson Press
DICKINSON - Dickinson High wrestling coach Cody Wolf said he’s just hoping his young group can make some noise at the Class A state tournament, which starts today at the Bismarck Civic Center.
“We’ve got some young kids who are capable of picking up some
upsets,” Wolf said. “It depends on how they come out and
The Midgets are sending 11 wrestlers to the tourney, which is
tied for sixth-best in the West Region. Defending state champion
Bismarck High is sending a region-best 17 grapplers.
Though Dickinson, which didn’t qualify for the state dual
tournament, has an outside shot at a top five or even a top 10
finish in the individual tournament, Wolf said he still expects
strong performances from certain individuals.
Ben Brown (135), the team’s lone state placer from last season,
is back and is hoping to better his sixth-place finish.
“He’s definitely capable of top six,” Wolf said. “He had a rib
injury last weekend, so hopefully that doesn’t affect him.”
Brown, a senior, is seeded seventh and matches up against
Belcourt freshman Leonard Eller in the first round.
He is one of four seeded wrestlers for the Midgets, who have
just four seniors on the team.
Dickinson’s highest seed is Justin Brown at the 119-pound class.
He puts his 19-7 record on the line against Jamestown freshman
Brent Mittleider, who is 16-23.
Also seeded are freshmen Alex Brown (eighth) at 103 and Colton
Schaeffer (seventh) at 112.
“We’re going to have to have some positives out of some
situations,” Wolf said.
According to Wolf, it would be nice to see some upsets, though
it shouldn’t be expected.
“We don’t expect these kids to go into weight classes and have
the muscle maturity to battle with seniors,” he said.
Five of the Midgets’ state qualifiers are freshmen or younger.
“They made the first step by making it here,” Wolf said. “We’ll
work on putting one step in front of the other and building on
the positive things we have started.”
Bismarck High is going for its ninth consecutive state dual
championship and is favored to do so.
The Demons are also hoping to get back on track in the
individual tournament as Bismarck won four consecutive state
titles from 2002-05, but has lost the last two to West Fargo
(2006) and Wahpeton (2007).