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Dickinson High’s Lee, Keck lose in semifinal matches

FARGO -- The North Dakota state wrestling tournament is arranged in such a way that it allows a wrestler the chance to get hot quickly and pull some upsets.

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Dickinson High senior heavyweight Dual Keck, right, locks up with Bismarck Century junior Seth Braun in the semifinals of the Class A individual tournament Friday at the Fargodome. (Parker Cotton/The Dickinson Press)

FARGO - The North Dakota state wrestling tournament is arranged in such a way that it allows a wrestler the chance to get hot quickly and pull some upsets.

Dickinson High senior Jaret Lee suffered one of those very upsets Friday in the semifinals of the Class A individual state tournament at the Fargodome.

Third-seeded Creighton Rudolph, a sophomore from Minot, won a 5-2 decision over the No. 2-seeded Lee by wrestling what Dickinson head coach Pete Dobitz called a “perfect match.”

“I tip my hat to the Minot kid,” Dobitz said. “He wrestled a perfect match, and he had to. Sometimes a kid gets hot at this tournament and wrestles a perfect match.

“He didn’t allow Jaret to wrestle the way he wanted to. He had a lot of front head position, where somebody shoots and controls the head and arms, and he did it how it’s supposed to be done. He prevented Jaret from doing anything.”

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Dobitz expects Lee to rebound with a strong showing today when he can place anywhere from third to sixth.

“It’s heartbreaking (to lose), but he’s got great character,” Dobitz said. “You can get beat up and lose a tough match you knew you weren’t supposed to lose, but Jaret has great character and will bounce back.”

Dobitz said he expects the same from Midgets senior heavyweight Dual Keck, who lost a 3-1 semifinal decision to Bismarck Century sophomore Seth Braun.

In the closing seconds and trailing 3-1, Keck briefly got to his feet and looked in line to score a tying reversal, but he wasn’t able to fully get himself around Braun.

“I was starting to get (the reversal), and then he kind of sprawled out a little more,” Keck said. “My hands broke and he spun back around.”

Dobitz added: “I think Dual left it all on the mat. There was about 10 or 12 seconds left, and you have to credit (Braun), he kept moving his hips and kept Dual from sneaking behind for the reversal. Dual just missed it, but I was real happy with his effort.”

Similar to Lee, Keck can finish as high as third place, and that’s where he has his sights.

“I’d rather win my last match as a senior than lose it,” he said, “and that’s what I’m going to do.”

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Dickinson will have nine wrestlers place today - more than the Midgets have had in recent years, Dobitz said.

“It’ll be great getting guys like Caden Haugen and Brian Rodriguez back on the podium after missing a year with injuries,” he said. “And to get our little guys, Brendan Johnson and Jaren Berger on the podium as freshman, I’m really excited for that tomorrow.”

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