Dickinson High Midgets wrestling wins 12 weights in decisive opening win

Jaret Lee had been worried that the Dickinson High wrestling team would feel uncomfortable having its first dual of the season in Trinity High's gym.Lee, a senior ranked No. 1 in the state at 152 pounds, earned the final three points of his 18-1 ...

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Dickinson High junior Tom Irwin, right, wrestles against Bismarck St. Mary’s sophomore Christian Hanson Thursday at Trinity High School. Irwin won by fall in 2 minutes, 43 seconds. (Press Photo by Parker Cotton)

Jaret Lee had been worried that the Dickinson High wrestling team would feel uncomfortable having its first dual of the season in Trinity High’s gym.
Lee, a senior ranked No. 1 in the state at 152 pounds, earned the final three points of his 18-1 technical fall over Bismarck St. Mary’s Kurt Dickhut at the buzzer of the first period. He worked a dominating two minutes to earn the win, proving that he felt right at home. The rest of the Midgets’ lineup followed suit as Dickinson won 12 of the 14 weight classes in a 59-9 victory over the Saints.
“It’s a different atmosphere and for our first home dual, I didn’t know if everybody would be comfortable here other than DHS, but it turned out in the right way,” Lee said. “We came out ready to wrestle and got the job done.”
Dickinson recorded four pins in the match, earning some extra points to cushion its lead, which was never in much doubt. The Saints grabbed a win from junior Ian Brown at 195 pounds after he pinned Dickinson’s Emily Huerta in 58 seconds and a second win from Cole Spies, who battled Joe Rutledge to a 10-8 decision in overtime. Otherwise, the Midgets were well in control on the mat.
“I’m really happy with the effort,” Dickinson head coach Pete Dobitz said. “Our young guys came out and did some nice things for us, and the older guys backed it up.”
Dickinson junior Tom Irwin pinned Christian Hanson 43 seconds into the second period of the 145-pound bout, and 170-pound senior Rafael Lopez worked a quick 33 seconds in his fall over Jack Barry.
“Rafael wants to prove a point this year that last year wasn’t a fluke,” Dobitz said. “Both of those guys came out today and sent the message that they’re not here just to wrestle. They’re here to take some names and go to work.”

Seventh-grader Jaxin Torgerson and junior Caden Haugen also earned falls at 126 and 160 pounds, respectively.
“They have an all around tough team,” Saints head coach Jayden Richter said. “One, they’ve got numbers, and two, a lot of their guys at certain weight classes looked a lot bigger than us. At times we just looked outmatched out there. They were bigger and way more physical.”
St. Mary’s was also at a steep disadvantage from having two starters battling illnesses and unable to wrestle. The Saints forfeited three weight classes (132, 138 and 220) to add more points to Dickinson’s lead.
At 106 pounds, Dickinson freshman Jaren Berger fought back from 2-1 and 4-3 disadvantages after the first and second periods, respectively, but a reversal and a two-point nearfall in the third gave him a 7-6 lead that he wouldn’t relinquish.
“I really liked that he was pretty tenacious, and he just kept going after it. He didn’t give in,” Dobitz said. “When you do that, you give yourself the opportunity to make something happen, and he did there with a nice move to get himself ahead and then hold on.”
Senior Dual Keck (heavyweight), freshman Brendan Johnson (113) and Ki-Jhana Chavez (120) all won by decision for the Midgets.
Lee’s quick bout epitomized Dickinson’s control all evening.
“I think you’re going to see a lot of that this year,” Dobitz said. “He’s just so technically sound, he’s quick, he’s strong. He really has a lot of tools.”
Added Lee: “I just tried to go out and make it quick and put on a show.”

106: Jaren Berger (DHS) dec. Reece Barnhardt, 7-6
113: Brendan Johnson (DHS) dec. Drew Steidler, 9-4
120: Ki-Jhana Chavez (DHS) dec. Noah Zander, 14-10
126: Jaxin Torgerson (DHS) fall Caedmon Marx, 1:05
132: Tod Irwin (DHS), forfeit
138: Brian Rodriguez (DHS), forfeit
145: Tom Irwin (DHS) fall Christian Hanson, 2:43
152: Jaret Lee (DHS) tech fall Kurt Dickhut, 18-1
160: Caden Haugen (DHS) fall Sam Schweitzer, 1:46
170: Rafael Lopez (DHS) fall Jack Barry, :33
182: Cole Spies dec. Joe Rutledge (DHS), 10-8/OT
195: Ian Brown fall Emily Huerta (DHS), :58
220: Lucas Kubik (DHS), forfeit
Hwt: Dual Keck (DHS) dec. Sam Harris, 7-2

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