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Dickinson State rolls Doane College 37-6

CRETE, Neb. — The Dickinson State wrestling team started its season off with a win Friday night. The Blue Hawks easily swept past Doane College 37-6 with a roster practically made of newcomers.

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Senior Mack Chambers and sophomore Sean Elkins were the only two starters from last season to start in Friday’s dual. DSU head coach Thad O’Donnell was pleased to see his newcomers in action and how they’ve progressed since preseason began.

“If you looked at our lineup (of wrestlers) that were starters for us last year, it was a lot of new faces in the lineup. That’s something we were excited to see on the mat and all the things they did this fall and it worked out.”

The Blue Hawks lost only two bouts in the match, sophomore Jordan Delp lost 8-5 to freshman Ray Feigenbutz in the 141 weight class and junior Tyler Brown lost in overtime 18-14 to junior Austine Borne in the 174 weight class. Brown had Borne on his back, just shy of getting the pin, but allowed him to get away which caused DSU the bout in the end.

O’Donnell said both those bouts his team could have easily won, but some of his wrestlers weren’t focused on the match and more worried about today’s Dakota Wesleyan University Open in Mitchell, S.D. While most matches O’Donnell was impressed with, like Elkins earning a major decision at the buzzer or senior Brian Klevis, freshmen Devan Williams and Jon Solano and sophomore Lane Oversen getting pins, he said the biggest thing the team needs to work on is looking to score instead of looking at the score.

“Some guys were getting caught up thinking, ‘I’m ahead by three, I just don’t want to make a mistake,’” O’Donnell said. “We really try not to have that mentality. We’re going to lose some matches early because of being over aggressive and I’m fine with that.

“We’re trying to build them for the end of the year and there’s some guys that get stuck on trying to get by and win matches by one or two rather than going after it in the end, end up slipping and giving up a win here or there. It will help them in the long run if they keep that mentality because those matches will start turning around and they’re scoring a lot more points in the third period.”

125: Cade Coles, DSU, dec. Jesse Marek, 3-0; 133: Mack Chambers, DSU dec. Jon Larsen, 6-4; 141: Ray Feigenbutz, Doane, dec. Jordan Delp, 8-5; 149: Sean Elkins, DSU, maj. dec. Greg Eagle, 11-1; 157: Devan Williams, DSU, pin. Taylor Hancock, 1:40; 165: Jon Solano, DSU, pin. Carlos Toledano, 1:20; 174: Austin Borne, Doane, dec. Tyler Brown, 18-14; 184: Lane Oversen, DSU pin. Chandler Knight, 2:05; 197: Skyler Carroll, DSU, dec. Kyle Hofman, 3-1; HWT: Brian Klevis, DSU pin. Reid Melani, :44

Meaghan MacDonald

Meaghan is the sports page designer and copy editor for the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.  After graduating from James Madison University (Va.) in May 2013, she moved from New Jersey to North Dakota to start pursuing her career in sports journalism and was a sports reporter for the Dickinson Press and covered Dickinson State athletics. Meaghan has been working for the Forum since June 2015.