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Dickinson High Midgets wrestling crushes Minot’s momentum

MINOT -- The Minot High boys wrestling team came into a dual against Dickinson High on Thursday night at Magic City Campus with a lot of momentum.The Magicians -- who were riding a seven-dual winning streak -- were fresh off dual wins over Class ...

MINOT - The Minot High boys wrestling team came into a dual against Dickinson High on Thursday night at Magic City Campus with a lot of momentum.
The Magicians - who were riding a seven-dual winning streak - were fresh off dual wins over Class B-power Carrington and West Fargo at the Grand Forks Multiple this past weekend.
Returning home, and celebrating senior night, Minot looked to stay the course and continually build confidence for the home stretch of the season.
The Midgets had other plans.
Dickinson won the first three matches of the night and got a late pin that sealed the 30-26 win.
“We’ve been preaching in practice all week that you have to wrestle aggressively,” Dickinson head coach Pete Dobitz said. “If you wrestle passively, you are allowing the other guy to set you up for the moves he wants. We tried to be very aggressive so we could get them out of position and have our moves, and I think the first three guys really did that.”
Minot seniors Peter Folk, Matthew Leier along with junior Tyler Strandberg all lost in close matches that quickly put the Magicians (5-3 West Region, 11-3 overall) in a 9-0 hole to start the match.
“We win the first three matches then we should win plain and simple,” Minot coach Justin Racine said. “There’s no question about it. We should win those first three matches and we don’t get one win out of them. One win in those first three matches is the dual. You look for your seniors to lead us and we didn’t have that tonight. A few of our seniors in those first few matches didn’t show up and that’s the dual.”
Minot found some momentum midway though the match as sophomore Creighton Rudolph won via technical fall while senior James Hamilton and sophomore Hunter Swartwout earned pins.
“(Dickinson senior Joe Rutledge) came out pretty hard and I knew he would, but I just went out there and I did the best I could in the first period, and capitalized on my opportunity when it came my way and did what I had to do,” Hamilton said.
Said Racine: “He wrestled awesome for us. He was one of the bright spots for the seniors. He goes and gets a pin which was absolutely huge for our team.”
But the Magicians couldn’t harness the momentum into the lighter weights and Dickinson freshman Brendan Johnson’s pin sealed the win for the Midgets (5-2, 10-2).
“We just didn’t wrestle well, plain and simple,” Racine said. “And it’s not across the board. Half of our guys wrestled well and half of them didn’t and against a good team you can’t have half of your guys wrestle and half your guys take the night off. It just doesn’t work. We just have to be tougher. We can’t let teams dominate us, especially on our home mat.”
Said Hamilton: “I feel like we weren’t wrestling mentally tough enough tonight. I feel we could have come out stronger, but we will come back hard next time.”

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