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Dickinson High Midgets wrestling lose to Bismarck High after early lead

The Bismarck High Demons seem to have adopted a new approach to winning wrestling duals. Step one: fall behind by a double-digit score. Step two: get down to business. It's a technique guaranteed to put gray hair on coach Jeff Schumacher's scalp....

The Bismarck High Demons seem to have adopted a new approach to winning wrestling duals. Step one: fall behind by a double-digit score. Step two: get down to business. It’s a technique guaranteed to put gray hair on coach Jeff Schumacher’s scalp.
For the second straight outing, Bismarck climbed out of a deep hole to defeat Dickinson 39-21 Thursday night at Bismarck’s Karlgaard gym.
It’s not exactly the preferred way of doing things, but Bismarck’s Schumacher says he’ll take it as long as the final result is a victory.
“It’s a good sign,” Schumacher said of his team’s ability to battle back. “We have kids who are going to win.”
Thursday’s comeback came on the heels of a 45-22 Tuesday night victory at Bismarck Century. BHS trailed 16-0 in that one.
As was the case at Century, Thursday’s dual began at 160 pounds, not exactly Schumacher’s ideal starting point.
“If you’re going to start at that weight class, that’s our most inexperienced area ... and they (Century and Dickinson) have good kids,” Schumacher noted.
Dickinson didn’t let the opportunity for a fast start slip away. Jaret Lee, the state’s top-ranked 152-pounder, moved up a weight to defeat Brady Bieber 8-2 at 160. Caden Haugen, wrestling at 170, pinned Matt Curtis, and Rafael Lopez stepped up from 170 to 182 to pin Alex Schmitt.
Dickinson led 15-0. That was the end of the good times for the visiting Midgets however. Bismarck won 10 of the next 11 bouts, the lone exception being a forfeit at 285.
Bismarck’s onslaught consisted of a pin by Dillon Spaulding (126), a technical fall by Taylor Nein (145), an uncontested win by Ryan Ripplinger (113), and decisions by Tristan Hall (220), Alex Kaseman (106), Adam DeBoer (120), Jaksen Perrin (132), Devin Steidler (138) and Parker Wahl (152).
With Spaulding’s pin at 126, Bismarck got its head above water for the first time, taking a 25-21 lead.
Spaulding said a win over the Midgets’ Matthew Meschke was the first order of business, but the two-time state champion said he’s always looking for pins.
“Travis (Lang), my coach, says I should get off the mat as soon as possible. I keep the pace up, tire him out and get him where I want him,” Spaulding said.
He accomplished that in 2 minutes, 50 seconds.
Spaulding said he wasn’t alarmed by Dickinson’s quick getaway.
“Not really. We expected them to get that lead on us,” he said. “Every team is vulnerable in some spots, and when we got down we had plenty of dual left - plenty of time to turn the dual around.”
The Demons didn’t slide Tristan Hall up from 220 to heavyweight against Dickinson. Hall, who wrestled heavyweight last winter, successfully moved up against Century in order to fit Jake Sanders and Justin Bergquist into the lineup. All three are returning state placers.
Schumacher said there were other considerations in play on Thursday however.
“The forfeit at heavyweight was pre-planned. Our normal heavyweight (Nolan Hintz) is out right now. We could have bumped Tristan up ... but he weighed in at 220 and he would have been wrestling a big heavyweight,” Schumacher said. “Century’s heavyweight (Seth Braun) is about 255 and Dickinson’s heavyweight (Dual Keck) is pretty close to the limit (285 pounds).”
“There was a risk factor for us. We didn’t feel we needed that weight class covered,” Schumacher added.
Bismarck’s win was its 31st successive dual triumph. The Demons finished 9-0 in regional action and improved to 14-0 overall.
In a sense though, Dickinson lost more than the Demons won on Thursday. The loss may have knocked Dickinson, which entered the dual in third place in the West Region behind Bismarck and Century, out of the state dual tournament.
Dickinson’s loss to Bismarck left the Midgets 6-3 in the West Region. If Minot and Mandan, both 5-3, win their final duals, Dickinson is the odd team out via point differential.
Thus Bismarck, Century, Minot and Mandan would advance to the state dual tournament, seeded in that order.
The West Region Tournament is scheduled Feb. 13 in Jamestown, with the state tournament to follow at the Fargodome the following week.

106: Alex Kaseman, B, dec. Jaren Berger, 6-0
113: Ryan Ripplinger, B, forfeit
120: Adam DeBoer, B, dec. Brendan Johnson, 8-5
126: Dillon Spaulding, B, fall Matthew Meschke, 2:50
132: Jaksen Perrin, B, dec. Tod Irwin, 7-3.
138: Devin Steidler, B, dec. Brian Rodriguez, 7-0
145: Taylor Nein, B, tech. fall Caleb Usher, 15-0
152: Parker Wahl, B, dec. Thomas Irwin, 7-2
160: Jaret Lee, D, dec. Brady Bieber, 8-2.
170: Caden Haugen, D, fall Matt Curtis, 1:26
182: Rafael Lopez, D, fall Alex Schmitt, 3:07
195: Jake Sanders, B, v Justin Meyer, 12-4
220: Tristan Hall, B, dec. Lucas Kubik, 7-1
285: Dual Keck, D, forfeit

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