Three Midgets win West Region titles
JAMESTOWN -- The Dickinson High wrestling team doesn't have to worry about wrestlers getting state tournament experience. The Midgets crowned three region champions and qualified 14 wrestlers to the Class A state tournament with a fifth-place fin...
JAMESTOWN -- The Dickinson High wrestling team doesn't have to worry about wrestlers getting state tournament experience.
The Midgets crowned three region champions and qualified 14 wrestlers to the Class A state tournament with a fifth-place finish at the West Region tournament on Saturday.
Dickinson is also competing in the state dual tournament as well.
"It's a big thing," Dickinson coach Cody Wolf said of his team gaining experience.
"Even if they only wrestle two matches, they won't be so surprised next year."
Dickinson had the second most champions, trailing only tournament-winner Bismarck High, which had four. The Midgets got region titles from Damian Berger (119), Dusty Yates (140) and defending state champion Luke Mellmer (145).
Berger, a No. 2 seed, knocked off top-seeded Dustin Krueger of Jamestown with an 8-3 decision.
"He came through and did a nice job," Wolf said. "(Krueger) was second in state."
Yates beat Bismarck Century's Derek Lee for the fourth time this season, scoring a 10-5 decision.
Mellmer won by 12-0 major decision over Bismarck St. Mary's David Vetter.
"We're getting more and more (experience) behind us each week," Wolf said.
Wolf said he was pleased with the performance of 135-pounder Ben Brown, who took home a fifth-place finish. Brown, a fifth seed, beat Bismarck St. Mary's David Doll in the quarterfinals. Brown had previously lost to Doll on two separate occasions.
Bismarck had 228.5 points, 36 better than runner-up Belcourt. Minot had 192 and Mandan had 151.5, a half of a point more than the Midgets, who rounded out the top five.
Belcourt and Minot had the most state qualifiers with 15 apiece. Along with Dickinson, Bismarck High also had 14.