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The No. 5-ranked Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team knew it couldn't allow Mott-Regent to stick around in the game, even with Wildfire senior center Nate Fries on the bench in street clothes. The Titans stepped up the defensive pressure in the second half en route to a 69-54 win in the quarterfinals of the Region 7 tournament on Tuesday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "You've got to give credit to Trinity," Mott-Regent head coach Wayne Heckaman said. "We're a well-balanced team and I think we got wore down a little bit in the second half.
BISMARCK -- Hettinger-Scranton senior Sean Elkins had a special T-shirt made and wrote "4 Calvin" on his shoes. The last thought on his mind Saturday was losing. Elkins defeated Central Cass junior Adam Dullea in a 12-2 major decision to repeat as a state champion at 138 pounds at the Class B state wrestling tournament at the Bismarck Civic Center. "It's awesome," Elkins said. "I immediately thought of Calvin and that last period that flurry at the end just cutting him and taking him down.
BISMARCK -- The upset train that Alec Lindsey was riding for a majority of the tournament came to an end against defending state champion Ryan Blees of Bismarck High. Lindsey ended his high school wrestling career with a runner-up finish at 138 pounds at the Class A state wrestling tournament on Saturday at the Bismarck Civic Center. "I just wanted to go out there and wrestle with a solid defense," Lindsey said. "He's just really quick on his shot and he changed a lot of stuff from the last time we wrestled.
BISMARCK -- Alec Lindsey bought a first-class ticket to his first Class A state wrestling finals match. The Dickinson High wrestling team's lone senior came away with 5-4 decision against No. 2 seed Anjelo Shepherd of West Fargo in the semifinals of the individual tournament Friday at the Bismarck Civic Center. Lindsey came into the tournament as the No. 6 seed and has defeated the No. 2 and 3 seeds at 138 pounds to reach the state championship. And the senior leader couldn't be happier about it. "It feels awesome," said Lindsey, who attends school is South Heart.
BISMARCK -- Sean Elkins isn't a stranger to the Class B state wrestling tournament finals. But if he wins the state championship today, it won't be for himself. It'll be for Calvin Steeke. Elkins, the Hettinger-Scranton senior by way of Hebron, came away with a pin at 5 minutes, 50 seconds over Harvey-Wells County's Quinten Koble in the semifinals of the state individual tournament on Friday at the Bismarck Civic Center. "The whole last two weeks we've been all wrestling for Calvin," Elkins said.
To the people who know Rick Mellmer and what he's offered to the Dickinson Wrestling Club, it was only a matter of time before he was inducted into the North Dakota Wrestling Hall of Fame. After being nominated by Dave Michaelson, who was the Dickinson High's coach for several years, Mellmer will enter into the Hall of Fame today during the final day of the state wrestling tournament at the Bismarck Civic Center. "I've always wondered when it was going to happen," said Luke Mellmer, who is Rick's youngest son and a Midgets assistant coach. "All the stats kind of tell the story.
The Dickinson High wrestling team had two wrestlers reach the semifinals for the first times in their careers Thursday at the Class A state tournament. Senior Alec Lindsey and sophomore Devin Berger led the Midgets with two wins in the tournament's first day at the Bismarck Civic Center. "That was a huge match for Alec," Dickinson head coach Bruce Heppner said. "It's his senior year, his last big high school tournament. He wasn't on the podium last year, but he's determined to be on the podium this year." Lindsey, who is the No.
The Killdeer and Hettinger-Scranton wrestling teams had their ups and downs, but saw solid production throughout the first day of the Class B state tournament. The Cowboys are currently seventh in team scores with 41 points and reached the semifinals of the Class B state dual tournament Thursday at the Bismarck Civic Center. The team leading the way after the first day is Lisbon with 72.5 points, while Carrington has 61 and Oakes rounding out the top three with 61. Killdeer sent six wrestlers to the quarterfinals.
Larry Thompson gets pointed out by his students in stores, though some don't know his name and when they say, 'Mommy, look it's a grumpy old man.' Thompson will be the first to laugh about the situation as he was named Hunter Education Instructor of the Year for towns of 5,000 to 20,000 people. "My wife said my jaw dropped and hit the table, because I was so shocked," Thompson said.
The Dickinson High wrestling team is headed to the state tournament with the largest number of qualifiers in Bruce Heppner's 10 years on the team's coaching staff. The Midgets have 15 wrestlers traveling east on Interstate 94 for the Class A state tournament that begins today at the Bismarck Civic Center. "Coach said that's the most he's ever had coaching," Dickinson sophomore Devin Berger said. "Two years ago it was 13 and now we broke that record. Coach is pretty happy." Dickinson's trip to the state tournament is led by senior Alec Lindsey at 138 pounds.