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Klevis takes 1st, Blue Hawks perform well

JAMESTOWN — After a disappointing performance Wednesday against Minnesota State Moorhead, the Dickinson State wrestling team is back on track.

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Saturday the Blue Hawks competed in the University of Jamestown Open and placed 12 of its 15 in wrestlers in the top six or better in each respected weight class. Head coach Thad O’Donnell didn’t attend the tournament, while assistant coach Justin Schlecht took charge in his absence.

“We talked a lot to the guys — me and coach O’Donnell — about making some adjustments after Wednesday night’s dual about continuous wrestling and kind of the relentless style of wrestling and being really aggressive,” Schlecht said. “They did a great job of making those adjustments.”

To start off the tournament, the Blue Hawks had three wrestlers place in the top four in the 125-pound weight class. Freshmen Brian Gorsling (2-2) placed fourth and had two pins on the day as Cade Coles (3-1) took third and Deshun Haynes (2-1) topped it off at runner-up. Haynes lost in a 7-4 decision to Shane Novak of MSUM.

DSU’s only first place finish was at the heavyweight level with senior Brian Klevis topping region rival junior Antonio Lopez from Jamestown. In the bout, Klevis “tweaked” his knee and had to take a medical timeout. But Kelvis finished the bout to defeat Lopez in a 4-0 decision. Schlecht said he was very pleased with Klevis’ bout and his toughness to battle through the pain in his knee.

“That was just showing some of Brian’s smart wrestling and being aware of the situation and knowing he’s going to have to change how he’s going to wrestle a little bit because with that knee being tweaked and a little sore,” Schlecht said.

The Blue Hawks return to the mat as they travel to the University of Regina (Saskatchewan) at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Schlecht said this will be a good dual to transition his team into Thanksgiving break and get back into action in Great Falls, Mont., with the Battle of Rockies duals on Dec. 6 and the University of Great Falls Open on Dec. 7.