The Dickinson High School wrestling team may have started slow, but a strong surge by the Midgets helped the team crush Williston High School with a 44-25 victory.
With this meet being the first time the Midgets have seen action this season, the team was waiting for this day to finally come, and they were prepared to wrestle. The team lost the first two matches via points but near the end won five matches straight to take the solid victory.
“Our guys were itching at the bit to get going, and this is Williston’s third dual. They kind of had the experienced of getting warmed up for a dual and how things go, and I think that kind of showed a little bit of our inexperience early on in the season, but luckily we have this (dual) before a two-day competition,” coach Trevor Conrad said.
The Midgets were unable to come away with the victory early on in the night. Ninth grader Henry Nelson fell to points 7-1, and Elijah Horner getting pinned, forcing the team to trail 9-0 to the Coyotes to start the night.
In the 152-pound battle, sophomore Troy Berg slammed his opponent hard on the mat and quickly gained strong ground control, forcing a pin in less than a minute, igniting the team and narrowing the gap 9-6.
Midgets junior Cody Booth competed at the 160-pound weight class and battled throughout the periods but came away with the win by points with a 10-4 total, tying the match at nine. However, sophomore Evan Lubken was pinned quickly in his match, giving the team a 15-9 deficit.
Midgets’ junior Tanner Jarrett dominated in his match against Coyotes senior Logan Crouch, winning the match on points with a 15-2 score, again narrowing the score 15-13.
At 195 pounds, Tyler White attempted to finish the first period but with nearly 20 seconds remaining was slammed down and pinned by junior Christian Minton. Williston then took a 21-13 lead.
From there, Dickinson High took off, starting with 220-pound junior Malikai Rivera dominating the first and second period, and pushed forward in the third to take a 14-5 points victory. Shortly after, heavyweight senior Garrett Usher pushed forward early in his match against Quentin Glukert and pinned him with 1:35 remaining in the first period. With the pin, the Midgets took a 23-21 lead and never let up.
After another swift pin by the Midgets, the team took a strong 35-21 lead, but after a penalty for misconduct, the team led 35-25. Midgets sophomore Houston Crimmins then competed for the Midgets against sophomore Wyatt Hanson and finished his match with a 7-5 point victory, giving the Midgets a 38-25 lead, and after junior Colin Murphy finished his match with a solid pin in the first period, the Midgets came away with the 44-25 win.
“I think after one match, you have a guy go out and get a pin and then it becomes contagious for everyone else… when you see one teammate do it, it kind of makes you want to one-up the next guy … I think the kids started having fun with it and the nerves kind of got settled down,” Conrad said.
Following the dual, the team will compete in a two-day tournament in Sidney on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6 and 7.