Dickinson High Midgets wrestling tallies 12 pins in win over Jamestown

While it was senior night during Dickinson High wrestling's dual, a seventh grader put on the finishing touches of a convincing win. Jaxin Torgerson fought back from a deficit and pinned Chris Erickson for a 120-pound match win to leave the Midge...

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Dickinson High senior Brian Rodriguez, top, wrestles to gain position against Jamestown’s Kyle Dupre in their 138-pound dual Tuesday at DHS gymnasium. (Press Photo by Colton Pool)

While it was senior night during Dickinson High wrestling’s dual, a seventh grader put on the finishing touches of a convincing win.

Jaxin Torgerson fought back from a deficit and pinned Chris Erickson for a 120-pound match win to leave the Midgets with a 72-9 win over Jamestown Tuesday night at DHS gymnasium.

The Midgets totaled 12 pins in the win.

“I’ve had 15 losses in my varsity matches, and I’m just sick of it,” Torgerson said. “I’m done with losing. I’m just putting out my best.”

Torgerson got the pin after battling for 4 minutes, 45 seconds. Erickson was on top, but Torgerson found a way to reverse the position - and the match - to get the pin.


“We just preach going out there and going after it hard,” Dickinson head coach Pete Dobitz said. 

The Midgets made quick work of the Blue Jays as 10 of their pins were under 3 minutes. From 170 pounds to 285 pounds, five seniors recorded pins, each in about a minute or less.

“We preach intensity in the room and going out and wrestling a solid, hard and physical match,” Dobitz said. “When everyone goes out and sees that can be done, it just builds from there. If you have a quick pin, then the next guy is ready, then the next guy.”

After Matthew Meschke started the dual out with a pin on Branden Hatcher at 126 pounds, junior Tod Irwin and senior Jaret Lee both both recorded pins after 1:51 and 2:58, respectively. Jamestown replied and got on the board with Paxton Mewes’ pin on Austin Boswell in 15 seconds.

“We knew Jamestown had a few good wrestlers that were ranked in the polls that were going to give us some challenge,” Dobitz said. “We matched up really well with Jaret Lee wrestling a kid who was ranked.”

However, that’s when Dickinson found it’s senior stride.

Rafael Lopez pinned Ali Gedo in 21 seconds, Joe Rutledge pinned Paul VanDal in 24 seconds, Justin Meyer beat Carson Kennely in 49 seconds, Lucas Kubik beat Sam Krebs in 36 seconds and Dual Keck pinned Jason Schulte in 1:01.

“I like to know that I can get, do my business and leave. That’s how I like to wrestle,” Kubik said. “After the first three matches, it was all momentum from there. I’ve never seen this kid before, but he looked like a solid kid. I just went up, did my stuff, and it worked.”


Jaren Berger didn’t let the momentum slip though, as he pinned Taylor Huebner in 2:20.

Then, in a rematch of a bout that had gone to overtime previously, Jamestown’s Noah Braun topped Brendan Johnson in a 5-4 decision.

Then Torgerson took the mat and put the exclamation mark on senior night.

“I felt really good to be down and then get a pin at the end,” Torgerson said. “I’m proud of myself, and I believe I can do more if I just keep working like that.”

106: Jaren Berger, D, fall Taylor Huebner, 2:50

113: Noah Braun, J, dec. Brendan Johnson, 5-4

120: Jaxin Torgerson, D, fall Chris Erickson, 4:45


126: Matthew Meschke, D, fall Branden Hatcher, 2:31

132: Tod Irwin, D, fall Brandon Dallmann, 1:37

138: Brian Rodriguez, D, fall Kyle Dupre, 3:10

145: Tom Irwin, D, fall Max Montoya, 1:51

152: Jaret Lee, D, fall Jakob Browning, 2:58

160: Paxton Mewes, J, fall Austin Boswell, 0:15

170: Rafael Lopez, D, fall Ali Gedo, 0:21

182: Joe Rutledge, D, fall Paul VanDal, 0:24

195: Justin Meyer, D, fall Carson Kennelly, 0:49

220: Lucas Kubik, D, fall Sam Krebs, 0:36

285: Dual Keck, D, fall Jason Schulte, 1:01

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