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'Gave everything they had': Dickinson splits duals with highly-ranked Minot and Bismarck

The Dickinson High wrestling team has combated with three teams in a span of 48 hours, winning two of the three and sealing the No. 2 seed in the WDA tournament next weekend.

The official motions for a pin as Dickinson High senior Kameron Clark wins over Bismarck junior Tyler Schmit in 38 seconds on Friday, Feb. 1, at DHS Gym. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)
The official motions for a pin as Dickinson High senior Kameron Clark wins over Bismarck junior Tyler Schmit in 38 seconds on Friday, Feb. 1, at DHS Gym. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)

The Dickinson High wrestling team has combated with three teams in a span of 48 hours, winning two of the three and sealing the No. 2 seed in the WDA tournament next weekend.

On Friday, Feb. 1, after defeating No. 4 Minot 34-27, Dickinson faced off with No. 1 Bismarck and it came down to the wire. Exchanging strings of electrifying victories, the Demons came away with a 37-30 win at Dickinson High Gym.

"Heck of a two days," Dickinson co-head coach Trevor Conrad said. "It's been fun. The kids had a couple challenges, came out and excepted it. Gave everything they had. Can't be disappointed one bit with these kids."

Senior Kameron Clark, ranked No. 2 in the state at 195 pounds, had a greater challenge than most, as his match against Minot senior Jorge Talamantes went into three overtime rounds.

With six seconds left in regular time, Clark escaped from the down position, tying the match at three. Entering the third overtime, Clark was granted a point for an uncontested escape. However, No. 4 Talamantes made up for it with a takedown to win 5-4.

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After a quick pin at the 220-pound weight class by Magicians junior Preston Jones, the Midgets got one back with a late fall by heavyweight Tyler White. Unfortunately for Dickinson, it was soon noted White was too light for the weight class, so his six points were given to Minot, who jumped ahead 27-21.

To tie the dual, 120-pound eighth-grader Henry Nelson defeated No. 4 senior Davian Rios by an 8-4 decision. To close out the contest and seal the 34-27 victory, seniors Brendan Johnson and Jaren Berger each won by regular decisions at 126 and 132 pounds, respectively.

Johnson, who is ranked No. 6 in his weight class, and Berger, who is ranked No. 5 in his, are just two of 10 Midget wrestlers who are ranked in the latest Class A Coaches Poll.

"I think we have the potential to pretty much do anything," Clark said. "I think we have the potential to win regions. I think we have the potential to win state."

The Midgets couldn't celebrate the victory for long, as they turned around to face the best team in the state, Bismarck High.

No. 1 Ryan Ripplinger started the dual with a dominant 15-0 technical fall in four minutes and 16 seconds over Midgets senior Matthew Meschke. Demons sophomore Brandt Kringle followed with a pin in 1:01 over Midgets sophomore Jaxin Torgerson.

From there, Dickinson took over.

An open slot at 160 pounds put the Midgets on the board, but in the next three bouts, Dickinson earned its points the hard way.

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First, senior Caleb Usher pinned Demons opponent Cullen Glatt in 1:32. Next, Tanner Jarrett battled through a gruelling six minutes to come away with a 3-2 decision.

Eager to make up for his tough overtime loss earlier, Clark earned the quickest win of the night, pinning junior Tyler Schmit in 38 seconds. He leapt up at the whistle and waived his arms, igniting the packed stands. With his win, Clark put the Midgets up 27-11 over the Demons.

"My coach told me I needed six (points), I got the job done," Clark said. "If coach tells me I need to get six, I get six."

Midget Tyler White followed suit with a pin in 1:32 and the Demons picked up six points with a bye at heavyweight. As the cycle came around to the lower weight classes, Bismarck surged.

The Demons put together four straight wins, two via technical fall from sophomores Christian and Wilfried Tanefeau at 106 and 113 pounds.

With Bismarck up 34-27, Berger stepped on the mat. In what was likely the loudest and most-heated six minutes of the night, Berger pulled ahead to win 7-2. As the official drew criticism, another big Berger win brought the Midgets within four points.

While he wrestled hard, sophomore Cody Booth lost 5-3 to No. 3 junior Preston Fettig.

"There were a couple toss-up matches that could have gone either way, even down to Cody Booth," Conrad said. "(He's) not a regular varsity starter, but going in and doing everything he can against a ranked opponent. It comes down to him being down two points. Very proud of this team."

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Between duals, the six seniors, Johnson, Berger, Meschke, Nordby, Usher and Clark were honored alongside their parents.

"I've been with them for three years now. I told them it's like they were just sophomores a couple of days ago," Conrad remarked on his senior crew. "For them to be leading the team, they've been moving towards this for a while and they are a family."

Bismarck 37, Dickinson 30

106: Christian Tanefeu (B) maj. dec. Houston Crimmins (D), 20-7.

113: Wilfried Tanefeu (B) maj. dec. Henry Nelson (D), 11-0.

120: Brock Fettig (B) tech. fall Warrick Morel (D), 17-2, 5:21.

126: Laken Boese (B) maj. dec. Brendan Johnson (D), 14-6.

132: Jaren Berger (D) dec. unknown (B), 7-2.

138: Preston Fettig (B) dec. Cody Booth (D), 5-3.

145: Ryan Ripplinger (B) tech. fall Matthew Meschke (D), 15-0, 4:13.

152: Brandt Kringle (B) fall Jaxin Torgerson (D), 1:02.

160: Tate Nordby (D) over open.

170: Caleb Usher (D) fall Cullen Glatt (B), 1:32.

182: Tanner Jarrett (D) dec. Connor McGregor (B), 3-2.

195: Kameron Clark (D) fall Tyler Schmit (B), 0:38.

220: Tyler White (D) over Brayden Moran (B), 1:32.

285: Chase Dockter (B) over open.

Dickinson 34, Minot 27

106: Houston Crimmins (D) fall Daniel Fernandez (M), 2:28.

113: Kelby Armstrong (M) over open.

120: Henry Nelson (D) dec. Davian Rios (M), 8-4.

126: Brendan Johnson (D) dec. David Schulte (M), 10-1.

132: Jaren Berger (D) dec. Sam Goodman (M), 8-1.

138: Cody Booth (D) dec. Carter Peterson (M), 3-1.

145: Trevon McClanahan (M) dec. Matthew Meschke (D), 5-2.

152: Chase Burke (M) dec. Jaxin Torgerson (D), 13-6.

160: Tate Nordby (D) fall Jordin Lennon (M), 1:44.

170: Caleb Usher (D) fall Isaac Fernandez (M), 3:56.

182: Tanner Jarrett (D) SV Jacob Carmichael (M), 6-2.

195: Jorge Talamantes (M) SV Kameron Clark (D), 5-4.

220: Preston Jones (M) fall Zander Lemon (D), 0:00.

285: Asher Woods (M).

Results Thursday

Dickinson 55, Bismarck Legacy 16

106: Houston Crimmins (D) fall Jesse Thompson (BL), 1:07.

113: Henry Nelson (D) fall Blaize Burtness (BL), 0:32.

120: Tim Kadrmas (BL) maj. dec. Warrick Morel (D), 11-1.

126: Brendan Johnson (D) dec. Tanner Nagel (BL), 5-2.

132: Jaren Berger (D) maj. dec. Jakob Blumhagen (BL), 14-1.

138: Cody Booth (D) fall Ethan Mitchell (BL), 3:23.

145: Matthew Meschke (D) dec. Draken Stugelmeyer (BL), 5-2.

152: Jaxin Torgerson (D) dec. Riley Martin (BL), 6-1.

160: Tate Nordby (D) fall Devon Rempel (BL), 3:23.

170: Caleb Usher (D) fall Bryce Gartner (BL), 1:25.

182: Tanner Jarrett (D) fall Hunter Sabot (BL), 1:33.

195: Matthew Kaylor (BL) fall Wyatt Raines (D), 1:13.

220: Kameron Clark (D) fall Robert Lund (BL), 1:19.

285: Keaton Erhardt (BL) fall Zander Lemon (D), 0:43.

Dickinson High sophomore Tanner Jarrett squares off with Bismarck High senior Connor McGregor on Friday, Feb. 1, at DHS Gym. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson High sophomore Tanner Jarrett squares off with Bismarck High senior Connor McGregor on Friday, Feb. 1, at DHS Gym. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)

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