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Bowman County-Beach wrestlers confident entering the latter weeks of the season

Powered by three individual champions, the Bowman County-Beach wrestling team had a strong performance at the inaugural Badlands Classic. On Saturday, Jan. 19, the Buccadawgs placed first in the event with a team score of 184.5 points, 30.5 point...

Powered by three individual champions, the Bowman County-Beach wrestling team had a strong performance at the inaugural Badlands Classic. On Saturday, Jan. 19, the Buccadawgs placed first in the event with a team score of 184.5 points, 30.5 points ahead of runner-up Killdeer, who hosted the tournament.

While acknowledging his wrestlers' efforts, head coach Jeff Boynton immediately turned the page as the team will travel this weekend to New Salem and participate at the East-West Tournament, which includes seven squads from Region 4.

"They performed pretty well," Boynton said. "We got a big tournament this weekend; that will definitely tell where we're at as a team, but overall, they wrestled pretty well on Saturday."

Three Buccadawgs took home championship belt buckles after winning their weight class in Killdeer. At 170 pounds, senior Clayton Mattern was victorious in his first-place match, defeating Dickinson junior Garrett White with a technical fall in three minutes and five seconds. Fellow senior Beau Jeffers pinned Williams County senior Zachary Schultz in 52 seconds in the 220-pound division while 195-pound junior Mitch Stuber defeated Alexander senior Carlton Turnquist in a tight 4-3 decision.

With a record of 23-10, Stuber is tied for fourth on the team in wins, just three shy of 138-pound seventh-grader Kolby Sperry, who is 26-5.

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Combining for a record of 66-8, Mattern and Jeffers are two of the state's top wrestlers in their respective divisions. Mattern is ranked second at 170 pounds while Jeffers is the top-ranked grappler at 220.

The two are also part of Bowman County-Beach's senior class, which Boynton says is responsible for establishing and maintaining the team's mentality and approach.

"All of our seniors are leaders, but probably the more vocal ones are Beau and Clay," Boynton said. "Jacob Ruggles is pretty vocal, and so is D.J. Martian."

Wrestling in only 14 matches this season, Martian has been slowed by injury this season, as has 120-pound senior Alex Madrigal. A two-time state runner-up, Madrigal will see his first action of the 2018-19 campaign at New Salem.

"We've had some injuries to some kids who haven't wrestled as much as we'd like with them, being seniors, but everybody is going to be back and healthy coming up this weekend," Boynton said. "So I'm hoping to see great things out of this kids moving forward going into regional duals, regionals and state."

Looking up and down his roster, Boynton believes the talent on his team is capable of significant success with the postseason on the horizon. That optimism isn't without merit, though. Since the calendar turned to 2019, the Buccadawgs finished fourth at the Hettinger Classic on Jan. 5, 13th at the Cowboy Invitational on Jan. 12 and defeated conference favorite New Salem-Almont 42-37 in a dual on Jan. 8.

"Going into the regional duals, we'll be the No. 3 seed more than likely," Boynton said. "I'm not concerned one bit about how we'll finish at the regional duals if everyone is healthy. ... They understand, especially in duals, that they need to perform on the mat and not giving up six points is huge. ... They all know what they are expected to do."

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