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Midgets wrestling places 4th at S.D. tournament

BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. -- The Dickinson High wrestling team, after two days of competition, amassed 161 team points and a fourth-place finish at the Belle Fourche Invitational.

BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. - The Dickinson High wrestling team, after two days of competition, amassed 161 team points and a fourth-place finish at the Belle Fourche Invitational.

The Midgets had eight varsity wrestlers place in the top eight of their weight classes.

At 152 pounds, Tom Irwin went 4-1 to place second. He picked up two falls and two decisions to reach the championship match, where he lost by 10-1 major decision to Brice Harkless of Hot Springs, S.D.

Caden Haugen placed third at 160 pounds after sporting at 4-1 record after Friday and Saturday’s matches. He defeated Custer (S.D.) wrestler Forrest Lewis with a 7-2 decision in the third-place match.

Sam England was third at 195 pounds. He also went 4-1, capping his tournament with a fall in 4 minutes, 6 seconds against Rapid City Central’s Uriah LaRoche.

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Austin Boswell was fourth at 170 pounds, going 4-2 over the two days and picking up three falls and a decision before losing 3-2 to Belle Fourche’s Bailey Lawrence in the third-place match.

At 106 pounds, Jaren Burger went 4-2, with two falls, a decision and a major decision, before finally losing to Cody Stockman of Rapid City Stevens by 6-3 decision in the third-place match.

Matthew Meschke, at 132 pounds, went 3-2 and placed fourth at his weight. He earned three falls before losing to Lead Deadwood wrestler Dylin Johnson 8-7 in the third-place match.

At heavyweight, Hunter Wilson went 3-2 to take fifth place. He lost his first match but responded with a decision and a fall. He lost to Hot Springs’ Sosa Arneson in the consolation semifinals before regrouping to pin Jake Ellison of Lemmon (S.D.) in 2:33 in the fifth-place match.

And at 113 pounds, Dexter Carpenter placed sixth, going 2-3 on the weekend. He won his first two matches before taking a bit of a slide. He lost by fall and decision before bowing out to Sturgis’ Brett Konst by fall in the fifth-place match.

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