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Midgets wrestling in 16th place at Rotary

BISMARCK -- The Dickinson High wrestling team sits in 16th place after the first day of the Bismarck Rotary tournament with 66 team points. On Saturday, the Midgets will have Jaren Berger and Tom Irwin competing to place in the top eight of their...

BISMARCK - The Dickinson High wrestling team sits in 16th place after the first day of the Bismarck Rotary tournament with 66 team points.

On Saturday, the Midgets will have Jaren Berger and Tom Irwin competing to place in the top eight of their weights.

“We came out like gangbusters and wrestled the first couple rounds really really well and then we kind of hit a wall,” head coach Pete Dobitz said. “There are people around here who think this tournament is tougher than our state tournament because you have Class A, you have B, Montana, South Dakota. Would I prefer to have more than two guys tomorrow? Of course I would. Any coach would, but you have to look at the bigger picture, and in the big picture, we’re getting better as a team.”

Berger, at 106 pounds, went 2-1 on Friday, earning a major decision and a decision in the first two rounds before losing by 7-2 decision to Mandan’s Karsen Mosbrucker in the quarterfinals. He will have to win his first match Saturday to make it into the placing stages of the bracket.

Tom Irwin, at 152 pounds, went 3-1 on Friday and is guaranteed a spot in the top eight of his weight. He earned a 12-1 major decision over Turtle Mountain’s Nolen Demery and a 9-3 decision over West Fargo’s Jackson Gravel in the first two rounds. He lost a 4-1 decision to Alex Skaare of Fargo Davies before topping Jaren Puhlman of Sturgis Brown (S.D.) with a 4-2 decision in the fourth consolation round.

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Despite only having two wrestlers advance to the second day, Dobitz said he was proud of some of the other performances he saw on Friday.

“Seventh-grader (at 120 pounds) Troy Berg, coming in he only had two varsity matches and was 2-0 and we just wanted to introduce him to big tournaments because we think he has a high ceiling, and he won three out of five matches,” Dobitz said. “Tate Nordby went 3-2 but I think he wrestled outstanding (at 145 pounds). Sam England went 3-2 (at 195) and he’s knocked out, but he wrestled really well. Caden Haugen, we know he’s going to do good things for us during the year. He’s out now but he knocked off the No. 1 guy in his weight class (Minot’s Creighton Rudolph at 170 pounds).”

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