After trailing, Dickinson High Midgets wrestling finds way to win dual over Sidney

Tom Irwin was just the spark Dickinson High needed.After the Midgets' wrestling team dug itself into a 21-6 deficit through six weights -- their only points coming from a forfeit -- Thursday against Sidney (Mont.), Irwin, a junior at 145 pounds, ...

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Dickinson High senior Jaret Lee, top, wrestles against Ryan Wyman of Sidney (Mont.) Thursday at DHS gymnasium. Lee pinned Wyman in 1 minute, 8 seconds to help the Midgets to a dual victory. (Press Photo by Parker Cotton)

Tom Irwin was just the spark Dickinson High needed.
After the Midgets’ wrestling team dug itself into a 21-6 deficit through six weights - their only points coming from a forfeit - Thursday against Sidney (Mont.), Irwin, a junior at 145 pounds, tallied a 6-0 decision to right the ship. Dickinson strung together a series of victories thereafter to come away with a 39-24 dual victory against the Eagles at DHS gymnasium.
“Coach always comes behind the seats if we’re getting railed like that,” Irwin said, “and he tells one of us to get something rolling. Whenever I go out, and that’s what’s happening, I try to get a little momentum going for our team.”
Irwin took down Sidney’s Parker Dean, the No. 5-ranked wrestler at 145 pounds in Montana, setting the tone for what would come shortly after.
Jaret Lee notched a pin in 1 minute, 8 seconds; Caden Haugen earned a hard-fought 9-6 decision at 160 pounds; Austin Boswell scraped to an 11-4 win at 170 pounds; and Rafael Lopez worked quickly to a pin at 182 pounds in 2:39.
A forfeiture victory for Joe Rutledge at 195 pounds put Dickinson ahead 33-21.
Boswell’s match against Gunnar Gillispie was a microcosm of the Midgets’ entire match. He started slow but finished with a flurry.
Trailing 2-0 entering the second period, Boswell tallied a three-point nearfall and tacked on another shortly after. For good measure, he added a two-point nearfall to lead 8-2 after the second. He went on to win 11-4, tying the dual at 21.
“I think his strong point is being on top,” Dickinson head coach Pete Dobitz said. “It was good to see him be physical on top. Not just trying to turn the guy, but doing it in a physical manner.”
Boswell, a junior, wrestled in his first varsity match of the season. He’s returning this year from rib and spine injuries from a year ago, and Dobitz said he has liked what he’s seen.
“He missed some mat time last year, so he’s starting to get back in the groove again,” Dobitz said. “I’m excited to get him on a varsity mat. He’s shown a lot of heart and good work ethic in the room.”
After falling into that early 2-0 hole, Boswell said he had to rely on technique rather than muscle to stay competitive.
“That kid was pretty strong, so I had to work to get some points,” he said. “It was hard to pin him, so I just had to get some points to win.”
Justin Meyer dropped a 5-0 decision at 220 pounds to Sidney’s Hunter Severson, but Dickinson heavyweight Dual Keck won by forfeit to add to the team’s lead and complete the scoring.
The Midgets will take a full lineup to the Bismarck Rotary tournament Friday at the Bismarck Event Center. Competition starts at 9:30 a.m.
Irwin said the tournament serves as a good measuring stick at this point in the season.
“It’s a tough one, and we’ll see a lot of guys that we’ll see at the region or state tournament,” he said. “It’ll be good to get some looks at those guys and get a feel for how we’re sitting. It’s a good tournament to maybe get your butt kicked, but it’ll help you get better as the season goes on.”
106: Christian Dean, Sidney, maj. dec. Jaren Berger, 11-0
113: Brendan Johnson, DHS, forfeit
120: Jace Winter, Sidney, fall Jaxin Torgerson, 1:14
126: Brady Gorder, Sidney, tech. fall Matthew Meschke, 17-2
132: Jace Johnson, Sidney, dec. Tod Irwin, 9-3
138: A.J. Ullmer, Sidney, dec. Brian Rodriguez, 7-2
145: Tom Irwin, DHS, dec. Parker Dean, 6-0
152: Jaret Lee, DHS, fall Ryan Wyman, 1:08
160: Caden Haugen, DHS, dec. Bridger Coffeman, 9-6
170: Austin Boswell, DHS, dec. Gunnar Gillispie, 11-4
182: Rafael Lopez, DHS, fall Sawyor Thogerson, 2:39
195: Joe Rutledge, DHS, forfeit
220: Hunter Severson, Sidney, dec. Justin Meyer, 5-0
285: Dual Keck, DHS, forfeit

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