2 Midgets finish runner-up at ClassicThe Dickinson High wrestling team learned the mental toughness aspect of wrestling three consecutive days.
By: Royal McGregor, The Dickinson Press
The Dickinson High wrestling team learned the mental toughness aspect of wrestling three consecutive days.
The Midgets had 12 placers including two runner-ups and finished in a tie for sixth place with 141.5 points on Saturday at the Dickinson Classic at the DHS gymnasium.
“It wasn’t anything above and beyond, but it also wasn’t terrible,” Dickinson co-head coach Pete Dobitz said. “We wrestled alright.”
Austin Hutzenbiler, a 113-pound sophomore, and junior 126-pounder Devin Berger both placed runner-up.
Marlo Bell, a Fargo South junior ranked No. 1 at 113, defeated Hutzenbiler in a 4-2 decision. The Dickinson sophomore felt he had a chance in the third period, but he said there’s a reason why Bell is ranked first in the state.
“I felt like if I pushed the pace in the third I could have won,” Hutzenbiler said. “I nearly got the takedown, but he’s a pretty quick and solid wrestler.”
Berger finished fourth at the Class A state tournament last year and has high hopes for this season. Unfortunately, he ran into Mandan’s Curt Zachmeier, who is ranked No. 2 in the state at 126. Zachmeier beat Berger by a 14-3 major decision. Berger was pleased with his two-day performance, but he said first place would have made the day brighter.
“Zachmeier is a really good kid and I’ve seen him work in the offseason,” Berger said. “We’ve wrestled in the past and it’s been close each match. He’s a pretty good kid and I knew I had a challenge.”
Turtle Mountain won the tournament with 199.5 points. Mandan finished in second with 171 points, while Minot took third with 165.
Turtle Mountain didn’t fair too well in DHS gymnasium on Thursday, suffering a 36-31 West Region dual loss to Dickinson. However, Dobitz said the magic of the dual win for his boys might have already subsided.
“I think maybe the Turtle Mountain effect wore off by the time Saturday came around, because we didn’t have a lot of fire early on,” Dobitz said. “It’s just like the first round of a tournament. You have to be ready to go and if not you’re in consolation instead going for third or fourth.”
Jaret Lee (113) wrestled unattached for Dickinson, but the freshman finished in third taking a 7-6 decision over Bismarck’s Alex Hoffman. Clayton Tangen (145) ended in fourth place against Dillon Beeler.
The Midgets also had junior Jace Dukart (182) in fifth as he defeated Bismarck’s Willie Sam in a 7-4 decision.
Caden Haugen (106), Michael Dobitz (152), Jacob Brooke (170) and Ashton Schatz (heavyweight) all finished in sixth. Dillon Clark (145) took eighth, while Dickinson junior Michael Cherwinski and senior Jacob Shypkowski battled for seventh at 160. Cherwinski won by a 4-2 decision.
Dickinson continues its season, hosting its final two duals of the season against Bismarck High at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Mandan at 6 p.m. Thursday.
“We talked about physical and mental toughness on Friday and the physical part is going to play a factor again,” Pete Dobitz said. “We get a few days off before Tuesday and then a day off in between for Thursday. We’re going to be able to use this as a learning experience on how and what to expect when you are in two or three days of wrestling, because that what happens when you get to the state tournament.”
Team scores: 1, Turtle Mountain 199.5, 2, Mandan 171, 3, Minot 165, 4, Williston 162, 5, Hardin (Mont.) 149, T6, Dawson County (Mont.) 141.5, T6, Dickinson 141.5, 8, Fargo South 134, 9, Bismarck St. Mary’s 103.5, 10, Lemmon (S.D.) 86, 11, Bismarck 82.5, 12, Watford City 69, 13, Custer County (S.D.) 19, 14, Belle Fourche (S.D.) 17, 15, Wolf Point (Mont.) 10, 16, Circle (Mont.) 0.
Championship match: Taylor Nein, Bismarck, pin. Marvin Berry, FS, 4:54. Third place: Dirk Wolf, Lemmon, pin. Ryan Zachmeier, Mandan, 1:38. Fifth place: Jonathan Fraase, unattached, dec. Caden Haugen, D, 4-2. Seventh place: Austin Luther, W, pin. Dustin Baker, TM, :43. Semifinals: Berry, FS, pin. Zachmeier, Mandan, 1:30. Nein, Bismarck, dec. Wolf, Lemmon, 11-6.
Championship match: Marlo Bell, FS, dec. Austin Hutzenbiler, D, 4-2. Third place: Jaret Lee, D, dec. Alex Hoffman, Bismarck, 7-6. Fifth place: Christopher Longie, TM, pin. Caydon Cymbaluk, Mandan, 1:47. Seventh place: Trey Sokoloski, unattached, maj dec. Bailey Lawrence, BF, 20-8. Semifinals: Bell, FS, maj. dec. Lee, unattached, 16-3. Hutzenbiler, D, tech. fall Hoffman, B, 19-2.
Championship match: Tate Barnhardt, SM, pin. Terry LaVallie, TM, 5:40. Third place match: Brandon Zachmeier, Mandan, dec. Patrick Wilson, Lemmon, 5-3. Fifth place match: Cody Bilbrey, DC, dec. Logan Gumke, WC, 10-4. Seventh place match: Chandler Metcalf, Hardin, pin. Patrick Farrell, W, 3:53. Semifinals: LaVallie, TM, pin. Zachmeier, Mandan, 3:20. Barnhardt, SM, tech. fall Wilson, Lemmon, 18-2.
Championship match: Curt Zachmeier, Mandan, maj dec. Devin Berger, D, 14-3. Third place: Grant Laducer, TM, pin. Logan Boese, Bismarck, 2:02. Fifth place: Beau Bergeron, W, maj dec. Austin Huck, SM, 13-2. Seventh place: Rashidi Kikopa, FS, tech. fall Coleton Jore 16-1. Semifinals: Zachmeier, Mandan, tech. fall Boese, Bismarck, 17-1. Berger, D, dec. Laducer, TM, 11-9.
Championship match: Tyler Forcella, unattached, dec. Dillon Tennant, DC, 7-6 (OT). Third place: Jesse Hoffart, Minot, dec. Michael Bell, FS, 13-10. Fifth place: Cayne Cymbaluk, Mandan, pin. Taylor Tupper, BF, 1:49. Seventh place: Britten Hausman, W, pin. Shawn Leidholt, Custer, 1:45. Semifinals: Tennant, DC, pin. Bell, FS, 3:36. Forcella, unattached, dec. Hoffart, Minot, 8-4.
Championship match: Layne Lantis, DC, dec. Dane Fischer, SM, 5-0. Third place: Eugene Fleetwood, TM, dec. Sam Maisey, W, 9-7. Fifth place: Bryant Dorn, Hardin, dec. Gabe Nehlsen, Minot, 1-0. Seventh place: Jon Lemon, Hardin, pin. Damon Silveira, unattached, 1:45. Semifinals: Lantis, DC, dec. Maisey, W, 10-3. Fischer, SM, dec. Fleetwood, TM, 8-4.
Championship match: Tyler Kinn, DC, maj dec. Cody Haugen, Minot, 13-5. Third place: Dillon Beeler, unattached, pin. Clayton Tangen, D, 3:35. Fifth place: Cole Campbell, Hardin, dec. Austin Garmann, WC, 5-0. Seventh place: Logan Rhode, FS, pin, Dillon Clark, unattached, 4:40. Semifinals: Kinn, DC, pin. Garmann, WC, 1:20. Haugen, Minot, maj dec. Beeler, unattached, 14-1.
Championship match: Adam Stein, Mandan, pin. Myrone Bell, FS, 4:32. Third place: Robert Richter, SM, dec. Brian Rabe, Minot, 5-1. Fifth place: Geraldo Fox, TM, pin. Michael Dobtiz, D, 1:35. Seventh place: Kegan Thompson, WC, dec. Travis Kaufman, DC, 13-7. Semifinals: Bell, FS, dec. Richter, SM, 6-5. Stein, Mandan, pin. Dobitz, D, 3:57.
Championship match: Paul Michaelson, W, pin. Cole Bilbrey, DC, 2:33. Third place: Levi Butkay, Hardin, pin. Joe Nelson, WC, :27. Fifth place: Trey Grumann, SM, pin. Zach Nagel, Minot, :47. Seventh place: Michael Cherwinski, D, dec. Jacob Shypkowski, D, 4-2. Semifinals: Bilbrey, DC, dec. Butkay, Hardin, 11-4. Michaelson, W, pin. Nelson, WC, :35.
Championship match: Konnor Peterson, Mandan, dec. Markus Noeske, W, 8-2. Third place: Ron Azure, TM, pin. Casey Fredericks, Hardin, 3:30. Fifth place: Tanner Delp, Hardin, pin. Jacob Brooke, D, 1:21. Seventh place: Tyler Kutzler, DC, bye. Semifinals: Noeske, W, pin. Azure, TM, 5:40. Peterson, Mandan, tech. fall Fredericks, Hardin, 15-0.
Championship match: Dayne Haman, Minot, pin. Steven Keeten, Hardin, 1:15. Third place: Brandon Rodriguez, TM, by forfeit over Alex Haaland, W. Fifth place: Jace Dukart, D, dec. Willie Sam, Bismarck, 7-4. Seventh place: Jake Solem, FS, maj dec. David Hopson, Wolf, 11-3. Semifinals: Haman, Minot, dec. Dukart, D, 7-2. Keeten, Hardin, dec. Haaland, W, 1-0.
Championship match: Joe Murdock, Hardin, pin. Brett Sandberg, W, 5:13. Third place: Waylon DeCoteau, TM, pin. Zach Corneliusen, unattached, 3:24. Fifth place: Kolton Hall, WC, pin. Benaiah Simburger, 2:22. Seventh place: Joey Beach, Custer, pin. Austin Nagel, Minot, :26. Semifinals: Murdock, Hardin, pin. Corneliusen, unattached, 1:27. Sandberg, W, dec. DeCoteau, TM, 3-1.
Championship match: Brody Peterson, Lemmon, pin. Demetreus Roby, Minot, 4:28. Third place: Brandon Sandberg, W, pin. Cody Nielson, FS, 1:42. Fifth place: Alex Spilman, Mandan, dec. Jesse Rodriguez, TM, 4-1. Seventh place: Chris Mann, unattached, pin. Jackson Grad, SM, 2:59. Semifinals: Roby, Minot, dec. Nielson, FS, 1-0. Peterson, Lemmon, dec. Sandberg, W, 7-0.
Championship match: Nick Nesdahl, Minot, pin. Isaiah Crowe, unattached, :36. Third place: Tyson Keplin, TM, maj dec. Garrett Clark, Lemmon, 10-2. Fifth place: Hunter Herbaugh, DC, pin. Ashton Schatz, D, 2:01. Seventh place: Ramero Salenas, Bismarck, pin. Robert Becker, Hardin, 3:35. Semifinals: Nesdahl, Minot, pin. Clark, Lemmon, 1:30. Crowe, unattached, pin. Herbaugh, DC, 5:47.