Lehmann breaks Mellmer’s state pins recordWEST FARGO — Nothing can swing the momentum in a wrestling dual more than a pin.
By: Tom Mix, Forum News Service
WEST FARGO — Nothing can swing the momentum in a wrestling dual more than a pin.
Pins equal six points, and no high school wrestler in the state of North Dakota is better at picking up six than West Fargo senior Preston Lehmann.
Lehmann — a North Dakota State wrestling commit — broke the state’s all-time career pins record on Saturday when he pinned Williston’s Bret Sandberg 1 minute, 54 seconds into the first period.
The pin put Lehmann — who is listed No. 6 nationally in the InterMat Wrestling high school rankings at 182 pounds — at 166 career pins. That total breaks the mark of 165 set by Dickinson’s Marc Mellmer from 1998-2003.
“It is a great accomplishment,” Lehmann said. “I didn’t even know I was that close to the pins record until one of the parents on the team told me. I had no idea about it. Hopefully I can make it a little harder to beat.”
Lehmann, a two-time state champion, has posted 26 pins this season and is 34-0. He also owns the state’s single-season pins record with 42 during his junior season.
“It is an unbelievable accomplishment,” West Fargo head coach Kayle Dangerud said. “He has always been a good pinner. If there are 10 or 15 seconds left in a period or a match, he always digs deep and finds a way to get the pin. … When he gets guys on their backs, he doesn’t let them get back up.”
Lehmann, who has 204 career wins, transferred to West Fargo as a freshman from Fargo North, where he picked up a total of 30 pins during his seventh-and eighth-grade seasons.
The threat of a pin is always there when wrestling Lehmann.
One of his more memorable pins came as a sophomore when he pinned Webster, S.D., standout Logan Storley at the Lee Wolf Memorial Tournament in Aberdeen, S.D.
Down 15-2 against the eventual six-time South Dakota state champion Storley, Lehmann scored a quick takedown and seconds later the pin. Storley is now a sophomore at Minnesota and was an All-America wrestler for the Gophers as a freshman.
“I just stay aggressive,” Lehmann said of getting pins. “I stay on the guy and wear him down. … I’m aggressive out there and look to dominate my opponents.
“I just go out there looking to win every match, and if I get the pin, I get the pin.”