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Dickinson State downs Jamestown in dual

With three open slots against the University of Jamestown, just seven Dickinson State wrestlers got the chance to compete in a dual between the teams. With just three coming away with wins, the free points proved necessary in the Blue Hawks 30-15...

Jamestown's t Hernandez lifts Dickinson State's Payson Dirk in the 197-pound match on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at Scott Gym. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)
Jamestown's t Hernandez lifts Dickinson State's Payson Dirk in the 197-pound match on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at Scott Gym. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)

With three open slots against the University of Jamestown, just seven Dickinson State wrestlers got the chance to compete in a dual between the teams. With just three coming away with wins, the free points proved necessary in the Blue Hawks 30-15 win over Jamestown on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at Scott Gym.

Three matches were tight, decided by just two points or less.

While DSU sophomore Payson Dirk came out with a 7-6 win in the 197-pound match, teammates Logan Wagoner and Jason Zecchini weren't able to come out on top in their narrow losses.

"Payson needs to trust some of his shots a little more and shoot through guys instead of shooting to guys," DSU head coach Justin Schlecht said. "A lot of those matches will turn out in a major win instead of tight matches."

Dirk picked up a 6-2 lead early in the third round after earning an escape and capitalizing on a technical violation from Jimmie wrestler Matt Hernandez. However, Hernandez tallied four points in the final minute, bringing the score to 7-6 and Dirk fought him off in the final seconds for the win.

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"It was good to score them, but I kind of shut down at the end," Dirk said. "I really wish I poured it on and poured it on and scored more points so it wouldn't have been that close."

Wagoner, a freshman wrestling in the 165-pound match, got out to a 2-0 start in the opening moments against Jamestown's Kade Thompson. Thompson tied it up in the second round and broke out to a 6-2 lead with forty seconds remaining in the third. With 15 seconds left, Wagoner made it 6-4 with a reversal. He was an extra second or two away from earning points for a near fall when the final whistle sounded.

"Coach always preaches, 'opportunity,'" Dirk said. "It's always make your opportunity and find your opportunities where you can keep scoring those points. It's not just scoring them at the beginning. We got to get better as a team with scoring the whole match, a full seven minute match. Like me, I wrestled six and a half minutes and you have to wrestle seven minutes to continue to be successful."

In the 184-pound match, Zecchini had a similar experience as Wagoner. The senior battled back from a 2-0 deficit to a 4-2 lead, but Jimmie wrestler Mike Zupan tied it back up with an escape in the second round and another to start the third. With 20 seconds left in the match, Zupan earned two points for a takedown, but Zecchini immediately escaped, earning a point and bringing the score to 6-5. Zecchini wrapped his arms around Zupan, but couldn't earn a takedown before the match ended.

"We did a better job of showing up in the beginning part of the match, but we need to do a better job of showing up for the full seven, the last thirty seconds and creating opportunities in a few of those matches, earlier on in the match, so we can score some points so we're not in those tight battles," Schlecht said.

The biggest Dickinson State victory of the night, came from sophomore Gresh Jones who opened the night in the 133-pound fight. He won via fall against Josh Garcia in 50 seconds.

In the 174-pound match, Dickinson High graduate and now DSU freshman, Caden Haugan took to the mat in front of former Midgets teammates sticking around from dual earlier in the night.

While he was only on the mat for 43 seconds before Jamestown's Tanner Smith pinned him, it was valuable experience for the freshman.

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"Caden is learning a lot about college wrestling," Schlecht said. "That's something he needs to continue to improve on and take away from all these matches, is what can he learn about college wrestling? Because it is different. You don't get to make little mistakes and bounce back during the match. College wrestlers have the ability to put you away on those."

Dickinson State 30, University of Jamestown 15

125: Landen Hopkins (DSU) over open.

133: Gresh Jones (DSU) fall Josh Garcia (J), 0:50.

141: Tanner Borneman (DSU) over open.

149: Brandon Aragon (J) dec. Jacob Berg (DSU), 10-15.

157: Taner Stone (DSU) dec. Justin Folsom (J), 5-0.

165: Kade Thompson (J) dec. Logan Wagoner (DSU), 6-4.

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174: Tanner Smith (J) fall Caden Haugen (DSU), 0:43.

184: Mike Zupan (J) dec. Jason Zecchini (DSU), 6-5.

197: Payson Dirk (DSU) dec. Matt Hernandez (J), 7-6.

HWT: Casey Jones (DSU) over open.

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