Hutzenbiler, Lee win West Region titles for MidgetsMINOT — Austin Hutzenbiler and Jaret Lee have been practicing against each other in the Dickinson High wrestling room all season. It has helped them more than they ever imagined.
MINOT — Austin Hutzenbiler and Jaret Lee have been practicing against each other in the Dickinson High wrestling room all season.
It has helped them more than they ever imagined.
Hutzenbiler and Lee had their biggest days of the season Saturday as both won West Region Tournament individual championships.
“We always talk about, to become a state champion and do well, you have to have good wrestling partners,” Dickinson co-head coach Pete Dobitz said.
Hutzenbiler and Lee both scored title victories on two-point decisions over Bismarck High opponents.
Lee claimed a 4-2 decision against Taylor Nein at 106 pounds. Hutzenbiler defeated Kael Knowlen 6-4 at 113 pounds.
Hutzenbiler has defeated several top-ranked wrestlers from North and South Dakota in the past month and Dobitz believes he will now take the No. 1 seed into next weekend’s Class A state tournament.
“Confidence is a pretty dang good thing in the sport of wrestling and right now his confidence is pretty dog gone good,” Dobitz said.
Dickinson had one fourth-place finisher, two take fifth place and four in sixth place.
Devin Berger lost by a forfeit to Turtle Mountain’s Tanner Bickford in the 126-pound third-place match. Berger, who had missed seven days of school due to illness in the past two weeks, pinned Bickford in the opening round but had met his tournament limit of five matches, forcing him to forfeit.
Clayton Tangen pinned teammate Dillon Clark in 48 seconds of the 145-pound fifth-place match while Jace Dukart won at 182 by a forfeit.
Caden Haugen (106), Collin Thielen (138) and Michael Cherwinski (152) all finished sixth.
Three wrestlers took seventh place: Jacob Shypkowski pinned Logan Usher in 4:02 at 152, Michael Dobitz won by a forfeit at 160 and Dual Keck picked up a 5-0 overtime decision over Jamestown’s Mark Reynolds at heavyweight.
Class A, West Region Tournament
At Minot State Dome
Championship: Jaret Lee, Dickinson, dec. Taylor Nein, Bismarck, 4-2. Third place: Mason Schulz, Century, dec. Tyler Kress, C, 2-0. Fifth place: Dillon Spalding, B, dec. Caden Haugen, D, 4-3. Seventh place: Matthew Schaffner, Bismarck St. Mary's, won by injury walkover over Ryan Zachmeier, Mandan.
Championship: Austin Hutzenbiler, D, dec. Kael Knowlen, B, 6-4. Third place: Nathan Humann C, maj. dec. Christopher Longie, Turtle Mountain, 14-3. Fifth place: Alex Hoffman, B, won by forfeit over Paxton Mewes, Jamestown. Seventh place: Caydon Cymbaluk, Man, maj. dec. Casey Loeks, BSM, 10-0.
Championship: Adam Blees, B, maj. dec. Tate Barnhardt, Minot, 13-0. Third place: Jorey Bartsch, Min, dec. Brandon Zachmeier, Man, 10-3. Fifth place: Hunter Eckert, C, won by forfeit over Terry LaVallie Jr., TM. Seventh place: Jaden Fettig, B, maj. dec. Tyler Strandberg, Min, 13-0.
Championship: Grant Laducer, TM, dec. Chris Willits, C, 13-6. Third place: Tanner Bickford, TM, won by forfeit over Devin Berger, D. Fifth place: Logan Boese, B, won by forfeit over Cayne Cymbaluk, Man. Seventh place: Beau Bergeron, W, pinned Bobby Edick, C, 1:38.
Championship: Curt Zachmeier, Man, dec. Jaden Horsted, J, 13-6. Third place: Jesse Hoffart, M, dec. Lane Kaseman, 11-7. Fifth place: Sammy Maisey, W, won by forfeit over Tanner Crissler, TM. Seventh place: Austin Huck, BSM, dec. Austin Wetsch, C, 11-6.
Championship: Dane Fischer, BSM, maj. dec. Forrest Pifer, B, 11-3. Third place: Brandon Domagala, C, dec. Eugene Fleetwood Jr., TM, 5-3. Fifth place: Mitch Ova, J, won by forfeit over Collin Thielen, D. Seventh place: Gabe Nehlsen, Min, dec. Jason Lepp, C, 5-3.
Championship: Cody Haugen, Min, dec. Tate Hoffman, B, 9-3. Third place: Matthew Elder, C, dec. Jacob Schwab, BSM, 5-3. Fifth place: Clayton Tangen, D, pinned Dillon Clark, D, :48. Seventh place: Rowan Horswill, W, pinned Justin BearRunner, TM, 4:57.
Championship: Zach Braun, J, pinned Adam Stein, Man, 3:20. Third place: Hunter Babeck, C, dec. Josh Brilz, B, 5-3. Fifth place: Robert Richter, BSM, pinned Michael Cherwinski, D, 1:49. Seventh place: Jacob Shypkowski, D, pinned Logan Usher, W, 4:02.
Championship: Ryan Blees, B, maj. dec. Hunter Bondeson, C, 19-10. Third place: Brian Rabe, Min, pinned Samuel Ravnass, Man, 4:03. Fifth place: Brandyn Harr, J, pinned Geraldo Fox, TM, 4:15. Seventh place: Michael Dobitz, D, won by forfeit over Paul Michaelson, W.
Championship: Ricky Galindo, B, dec. Konner Peterson, Man, 5-1. Third place: Landon Schmidt, C, dec. Eathan Gumke, J, 3-1. Fifth place: Markus Noeske, W, tech. fall over Ronald Azure, TM, 15-0. Seventh place: Caleb Ellingson, J, dec. Kimani Benjamin, Min, 9-2.
Championship: Dillon Pierce, C, pinned Triston Shipley, J, 5:58. Third place: Brandon Rodriguez, TM, dec. Alex Haaland, W, 2-1. Fifth place: Jace Dukart, D, won by forfeit over Willie Sam, B. Seventh place: Nicholas Boechler, BSM, pinned Trevor Peterson, Man, 4:26.
Championship: Dayne Haman, Min, dec. Trace Moravec, C, 12-10 (OT). Third place: Drew Kary, B, dec. Bret Sandberg, W, 7-0. Fifth place: Zach Corneliusen, W, won by forfeit over Jesse Rodriguez, TM. Seventh place: Alexander Spilman, Man, dec. Austin Barunagel, BSM, 8-2.
Championship: Waylon DeCoteau, TM, pinned Tommy Moravec, C, 3:17. Third place: Brandon Sandberg, W, dec. Demetreus Roby, Min, 4-2 (OT). Fifth place: Jackson Grad, BSM, won by forfeit over Chris Mann, W. Seventh place: Tommy Sease, B, pinned Kyle Anderson, J, 2:33.
Championship: Nick Desdahl, Min, dec. Shawn Greenwood, C, 5-2 (OT). Third place: Tyson Keplin, TM, dec. Tristan Hall, 3-1. Fifth place: Anthony Mann, W, pinned Isaiah Crowe, Min, 3:37. Seventh place: Dual Keck, D, dec. Mark Reynolds, J, 5-0 (OT).