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DHS survives, beats Jamestown

Press Photo by Meaghan MacDonald Dickinson junior Clayton Tangen tries for a pin against Jamestown’s Drew Topp at 152 pounds on Thursday at DHS gymnasium. Tangen finished off Topp with a pin in 1 minute, 30 seconds as the Midgets won 42-35.

The win between the Dickinson High and Jamestown wrestling teams came down to a pair of seventh-graders.

With the Midgets leading 36-35, Dickinson’s Todd Irwin pinned Brandon Dallman in 2 minutes, 46 seconds at 113 pounds for the 42-35 West Region win on Thursday at DHS gymnasium.

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Dickinson avenged a 37-34 dual defeat from last year. However, the Midgets’ co-head coach Adam Orton was hoping for a bigger margin of victory.

“I was hoping for much more revenge than this because it turned out to be a nail-biter again,” he said. “They slipped passed us and slipped passed us again this year. I’m glad we got the win, but it was way too close for comfort.”

Dickinson started the dual strong with a pair of pins from Caden Haugen (120) and Devin Berger (132). Jaret Lee (126) collected six points on a win by forfeit. But in the 145 weight class, momentum started to swing in Jamestown’s favor.

After Paxton Mewes pinned Dickinson’s Tom Irwin at 138 pounds, Jamestown’s Jakob Browning (145) battled back and forth with Jose Dimas. With the bout at 10-8 and seconds left, Dimas struggled to turn over Browning as the Blue Jays started to close the gap 18-9.

“For us to keep the dual close, that was a momentum swing for us because knowing if we could get the win at (145), it was a close match,” Jamestown head coach Larry Eslick said. “I wasn’t too sure going up against a senior but the win was huge. Once we got that win, I figured towards the end we would have a shot at being close.”

Dickinson returned the favor with back-to-back pins from Clayton Tangen (152) and Dillon Clark (160). Jamestown’s comeback attempt was far from over. The team won five of the next six bouts and brought the score to 36-35 in favor of Dickinson with the final match deciding the winner.

With everything on the line, the match started off with high intensity, as Todd Irwin had a takedown early in the first period to go up 2-0. In the second period, Dallmann deferred and Todd Irwin chose to start in the down position, escaped, took down Dallmann and quickly pinned him 2:46 into the bout.

“We probably would have liked to win by a little bit more,” Tangen said. “We were hoping to come in and really get after them but a win’s a win. We got after it in the beginning and finished out strong.”

Last year when the two teams met up, the dual was very similar. Dickinson was up 21 points and Jamestown won five of the last six matches to take the win right under them. Despite the Blue Jays throwing in some uncommon moves, the Midgets were ready this time and determined to not let it happen two years in a row.

“Last year, it was close again too,” Clark said. “We didn’t come out on top last year but it feels great to get it this year.”

Orton added: “Jamestown, they got tricky moves … Sometimes you’ll catch a good wrestler with them which is hard to coach against because they’re not expected. They’re not standard moves but then they’ll throw in a headlock or some five-point move on you and then the next thing you know, there’s a good kid wrestling another kid and they have to come back five points.

“We weren’t expecting some of those big moves so we had to play catch up with a lot of those matches.”

The Midgets immediately hit the mat at the Custer County Tournament today in Miles City, Mont.

Both Tangen and Clark agree it’s easier to focus on themselves and their game when they know very little, if anything, about their opponent. The one thing known about the tournament is Montana wrestlers are skilled and winning won’t come easy.

“Montana is always a tough tournament,” Tangen said. “We are wrestling kids that we don’t very well see often so we try to use that to our advantage and go out and wrestle every match tough.”

Clark added: “In North Dakota, you go and you know a kid is ranked higher than you, sometimes that can get into your head and you may not wrestle as good. But these Montana kids, you don’t know who they are so you just go out there and wrestle your hardest.”

106: Brendan Johnson, D, maj. dec. Ethan Bowman, 12-2. 113: Todd Irwin, D, pin. Brandon Dallmann, 2:46. 120: Caden Haugen, D, pin. Kane Barnick, 3:16. 126: Jaret Lee, D, won by forfeit. 132: Devin Berger, D, pin. Kyle Dupre, :31. 138: Paxton Mewes, J, pin. Tom Irwin, 4:48. 145: Jakob Browning, J, dec. Jose Dimas, 10-8. 152: Clayton Tangen, D, pin. Drew Topp, 1:30. 160: Dillon Clark, D, pin. Nathan Goodrich, :16. 170: Caleb Ellingson, J, maj. dec. Raphael Lopez, 10-2. 182: Triston Shipley, J, pin. Justin Meyer, 4:59. 195: Eathan Gumke, J, pin. Sterling Quintanella, 2:42. 220: Chris Sickler, D, won by forfeit. HWT: Kyle Anderson, J, pin. Dual Keck, 2:46.

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.