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Blue Hawks send four to finals at Tyler Plummer Classic

Leading up to the last title match of the day, three Blue Hawks had reached the final round, and all three had ultimately settled for a second-place finish.

Dickinson State's Jon Solano competes against Montana State-Northern's Ben Stroh Saturday afternoon at the Tyler Plummer Classic. (Samuel Evers / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson State's Jon Solano competes against Montana State-Northern's Ben Stroh Saturday afternoon at the Tyler Plummer Classic. (Samuel Evers / The Dickinson Press)

Leading up to the last title match of the day, three Blue Hawks had reached the final round, and all three had ultimately settled for a second-place finish.

But when 285-pound true freshman Ethan Goss-Dickie stepped onto the mat, he needed all of 71 seconds to salvage a buckle, pinning Joseph Valencia of the University of Great Falls for a Blue Hawk victory on their final shot at the Tyler Plummer Classic Saturday afternoon at Weinbergen Hall.

After his win, as all at the top of the bracket did, Goss-Dickie received a silver buckle; an homage to the tournament's namesake.

It was his first tournament win as a college wrestler.

"Well, I got tied up with him, he tried to throw. I just stopped it, and made him pay," Goss-Dickie said of his prompt final match. "It's pretty cool, you know, at Dickinson State we want to set the standard no matter how old you are, you have to come out and compete. It was awesome to be able to represent Dickinson at their home tournament and be able to show out for the home fans."

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AJ Locke, Payson Dirk and Jon Solano were the three from DSU to bow out in the finals.

Locke's was a loss on a tiebreaker, Dirk's was a fall in 5:12 and Solano's was an 8-0 decision dropped to Montana State-Northern's Ben Stroh.

Though the Blue Hawks only had one weight champions, Solano said it was still a good showing.

"I was definitely happy with the four people in the finals, obviously the more the better, but to get four is good. Almost half the weight classes," he said. "With Ethan, I can't remember a time when a freshman won this tournament. We get good schools out here and for him to be able to get that-his first win in a tournament as a freshman-it's a great thing. I'm happy for him."

Beyond the first- and second-place finishers, head coach Justin Schlecht was pleased with how his wrestlers competed in the consolation rounds.

Sean Elkins lost in the 157-pound quarterfinal by a 9-6 decision, then rattled off four straight wins for a third-place finish. His final match was a pin over Nic Urbach of Northwest College.

Jason Zecchini was fourth in the 174 bracket; Lane Oversen had the same finish at 184. Seth Ehlang and Jamie Mullins placed third at 149 and 141, respectively.

"I take a lot of pride in someone being a consolation champ and fighting through the backside of the those brackets, taking a win after a loss. That's a lot to say for those individuals," Schlecht said. "I think, overall, the big picture was that we wrestled well. I'll say it every time, but we still have a lot of things to work on. I've got notes started for the next day about things we need to improve on."

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125: First Place: Nate Humann (Mary) dec. AJ Locke (DSU), tiebreaker 2-1

133: Fifth Place: Michael Pajaro (DSU) dec. Nicholas Pereira (Minot St.), 10-2

141: Third Place: Jamie Mullins (DSU) dec. Clayton Carter(MSU-Northern), 5-2

149: Third Place: Seth Ehlang (DSU) dec. Walker Carr (Northern State), 8-3

157: Third Place: Sean Elkins (DSU) fall Nic Urbach (Northwest College), 1:56

165: Consolation Quarterfinal: Kade Thompson (Jamestown) dec. Devan Williams (DSU), 12-7

174: Third Place: Joe Else (Great Falls) fall Jason Zecchini (DSU), 1:20

184: First Place: Ben Stroh (MSU-Northern) dec. Jon Solano, 8-0

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Third Place: Sam Voigtlaender (Great Falls) dec. Lane Oversen (DSU), 1-0

197: First Place: BJ Padden fall Payson Dirk (DSU), 5:12

285: First Place: Ethan Goss-Dickie (DSU) fall Austin Moen (Minot St.), 1:11

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