Four Dickinson State Blue Hawks wrestlers win divisions at Tyler Plummer Classic
Even though he was tied in his championship match, Seth Ehlang wanted a win.The Dickinson State wrestler was even with Casey Dobson of Great Falls (Mont.), but the junior scored a takedown in the final seconds of the 141-pound championship at the...
Even though he was tied in his championship match, Seth Ehlang wanted a win.
The Dickinson State wrestler was even with Casey Dobson of Great Falls (Mont.), but the junior scored a takedown in the final seconds of the 141-pound championship at the Tyler Plummer Classic Saturday at Wienbergen Gymnasium for a 3-1 decision victory. Ehlang was one of four DSU wrestlers to win an individual championship.
“It’s a small tournament, but it’s some good competition,” DSU head coach Justin Schlecht said. “We had to get through all of them. The other schools, they wrestled as tough competition as well.”
Ehlang felt he had been passive in earlier matches this season, but this time he chose to be the aggressor.
It paid off.
“It was kind of a slow match and little bit of a grind,” Ehlang said. “I knew I had to move my feet well. That last takedown kind of sealed the deal. It was nice to watch the clock run out on top.”
Ehlang said his family had traveled from Billings, Mont., to come see him wrestling in both of DSU’s duals on Friday and in the tournament Saturday.
Luckily for those fans, they got to see him win four matches during the Classic.
“It’s always exciting to win in front of them. I’m glad they came out to support me,” Ehlang said. “It feels good to win in front of classmates and peers in a good atmosphere. It’s a lot of fun.”
DSU junior Jon Solano won the 184-pound division after four wins that was capped by a 15-2 major decision over Randy Keesler from Great Falls.
“He took two shots right away, and I realized I had to defend,” Solano said. “I kind of changed my game up a little bit and had my hands low. I knew if I just kept attacking I knew I would be fine.”
Solano, who hadn’t competed in the previous two Tyler Plummer Classics, said it felt good to finally have a shot at a belt buckle with a Blue Hawks insignia on it - what each weight winner earns with a championship.
“I just came out and tried to wrestle my hardest,” Solano said. “Attack, attack, attack: That’s what my whole mindset was this year is being on the offensive and pushing the pace. I’m very confident in my conditioning, so I know when I push it, those guys will get tired, and that’s when I execute.”
DSU senior Trevor Conrad also won his heavyweight category by a fall in the opening around and by forfeit in his second and final match.
DSU senior Taylor Hodel won four matches on his way to the championship match at 165 pounds.
He went back and forth with Jamestown’s Michael Nord in the final match. Both recorded escapes, Nord secured a takedown, while Hodel replied with a takedown and reversal of his own for a 5-4 decision.
“That’s actually a national finalist that we beat, so that’s a big matchup there,” Schlecht said.
Cody Johnson, a DSU freshman at 174 pounds, lost in the championship match to Montana State-Northern’s Willie Miller.
“But that’s a tough match because he’s ranked in the top five,” Schlecht said, “so that’s a good matchup. We closed the gap on that kid with a tech fall last time and decision this time. We’re really closing the gap on some of the best kids in the country.”
Both DSU senior Deshun Hayes and junior Brice Gorsline lost in the semifinals of the 125-pound bracket. Blue Hawks sophomore AJ Locke also made it to the semifinals of the 133-pound bracket.
“They showed up to wrestle 7 minutes all the time,” Schlecht said. “We have to go 7 minutes and not think we can sit on the lead and think we can make something happen at the end.”
On top of that, several other Blue Hawks got to the finals and semifinals of their consolation brackets. However, Schlecht said he’s still hoping for more growth from the team moving forward.
“We wrestled well, but there’s room for improvement,” Schlecht said. “And they’re aware of that; no regrets. We knew we had to leave it out there on the mat.”
125: Rob Pair, MSUN, dec. Brice Gorsline, DSU, 10-6; Austin Dodson, Great Falls, fall Gorsline, 4:33; Deshun Haynes, DSU, dec. Dodson, 10-6; Mhar Caballa, MSUN, dec. Haynes, 8-2; Haynes dec. Jesse Barajas, Jamestown, 3-1; 5th Place Match: Barajas forfeit over Gorsline; 3rd Place Match: Dodson fall Haynes, 4:30.
133: Anthony Locke, DSU, dec. Phillip Johnson, UJ, 3-0; Jared Berlinger, UGF, dec. Locke, 3-1; Locke, DSU, fall, Alex Schriner, Hastings,l 6:59; 3rd Place Match: Shane Novak, MSU, dec. Locke, 6-1.
141: Jarren Komac, UGF, maj. dec. Marshall Swanson, DSU, 11-3; Swanson, dec. Torren Lawson, DSU, 7-5; Shonn Roberts, UGF, fall, Lawson, 4:11; Swanson, dec. Lawson, 7-5; Jacob Berg, DSU, dec. Swanson, 5-3. Riley Loveless, Northwest College, fall, Berg, 1:31; Berg, dec. Travis Vermulm, UGF, 8-5; Berg, fall, Chase Green, unattached, 4:39; Berg, dec. Swanson, 5-3; Christian Mesa, Hastings, dec. Berg, 13-6; Loveless forfeit Berg. Loveless, Northwest College, dec. Delp, 10-5. Justin Whitman, UGF, maj. dec. Jordan Delp, DSU, 20-6; Delp, dec. Jaime Mullins, unattached, 3-1.
149: Seth Ehlang, DSU, fall, Tony Bergerson, UGF, 4:51; Ehlang, dec. Brandon Aragon, UJ, 9-5; Ehlang, dec. Casey Dobson, UGF, 3-1.
157: Gage Bentley, UGF, fall, Pat Tangen, DSU, 3:18; Tangen, fall, Caleb Radley, MSU, 5:00 Tangen, dec. Hunter Eckert, Mary, 12-8; Bentley, UGF, fall, Tangen, 6:35; Joe Else, UGF, fall, Tangen, 0:00.
165: Taylor Hodel, DSU, fall, Wyatt Bedke, UGF, 3:39; Hodel, fall, Jim Malone MSUN, 3:42; Hodel, dec. Andrew Bartel, MSUN, 5-0; Hodel, dec. Michael Nord, UJ, 5-4. Michael Nord, UJ, fall, Cole Bilbrey, DSU, 2:03; Bilbrey, fall, Wyatt Bedke, UGF, 1:02; Logan Foster, MSN, fall, Bilbrey 0:20.
174: Cody Johnson, DSU, maj. dec. Jade Green, Northwest College, 14-1; Johnson, maj. dec. Jacob Wharton, UGF, 13-3; Johnson, fall, Zach Haviland, MSUN, 6:50; Willie Miller, MSUN, dec. Johnson, 9-2. Miller, MSUN, tech. fall, Nick Dekalb, DSU, 23-6; Hernandez, UJ, dec. Dekalb; Rueda, UGF, forfeit, Dekalb. Dekalb, dec. Matt Hernandez, UJ, 9-7; Dekalb, fall, Francisco Rueda, UGF, 5:20; Jason Armitage, DSU, fall, Ryan Sanchez, UJ, 3:59; Miller, fall, Armitage, 4:21; Green, dec. Armitage, 12-9.
184: Jon Solano, DSU, tech. fall, Alex Quick, UGF, 17-1; Solano, tech. fall. Sam Lindsey, MSUN, 18-0; Solano, fall, Zeb Demaray, unattached, 3:40; Solano, maj. dec. Randy Keesler, UGF, 15-2; Keesler, dec. Lane Oversen, DSU, 10-5; Oversen, dec. Alec Lindsey, 7-3; Oversen, dec. Dace Fisher, MSUN, 7-1; Oversen, fall, Brandon Wells, UGF, 5:00; Julian Gallegos, UGF, fall, Oversen, 3:00.
197: Hudson Buck, DSU, tech. fall, Demetreus Roby, UGF, 15-0; Matthew Hopkins, UGF, injury default, Buck, 3:21; Theo Robinson, UJ, forfeit, Buck.
285: Trevor Conrad, DSU, fall, Brandon Shelstad, unattached, 2:30; 1st Place Match: Conrad, forfeit, Shelstad, unattached.