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No. 1 Bismarck High wrestling defeats Dickinson High by criteria

BISMARCK -- Though it didn't go how he pictured it, Pete Dobitz said he was still proud of how his team wrestled.No. 7-ranked Dickinson High tied with No. 1 Bismarck High Thursday, but ultimately the Demons won by criteria with a final score of 3...

BISMARCK - Though it didn’t go how he pictured it, Pete Dobitz said he was still proud of how his team wrestled.
No. 7-ranked Dickinson High tied with No. 1 Bismarck High Thursday, but ultimately the Demons won by criteria with a final score of 32-32.

“I saw not only strides, but leaps and bounds of improvement,” Dobitz said. “Two matches were in overtime, so I saw leaps and bounds of improvement.”
The first criteria, Dobitz said, was if either team had a lost a team point during the dual. Dobitz said he lost the team one point while arguing back points during No. 3-ranked Rafael Lopez’s 170-pound 7-5 loss to Bismarck’s Cameron Rants.
“It’s a tough one to swallow,” Dobitz said. “Like I told my boys, they worked their butts off every day, so I’m going to work my butt off to make sure they’re scored fairly.”
Dobitz said he thought the Lopez match - which was the first match of the dual and Dobitz felt it would set the tone the rest of the night - was unfairly called, and though he claimed he didn’t swear or say anything derogatory, a point was taken away.
“I told our boys, ‘I’ll take the blame for this one,’” Dobitz said, “‘but I’ll tell you this: I would do it again because you work every day in practice and you need to have matches fair.’”
Dickinson’s Jaret Lee, ranked No. 1 at 152 pounds, Caden Haugen, ranked No. 6 at 195 pounds, Justin Meyer, ranked No. 5 at 195 pounds, and Joe Rutledge all won by forfeit for Dickinson. Brendan Johnson’s 5-4 decision over Clint Coleman at 113 pounds and No. 6-ranked Tom Irwin’s pin on Kellan Yolk at 145 pounds were the Midgets’ only match wins not via forfeit.
“I saw kids that wrestled from the heart and really showed tremendous amounts of improvement,” Dobitz said. “It’s really a positive thing. Even though the dual score didn’t turn out the way you would like it to … to go to criteria, that’s a huge improvement for Dickinson wrestling.”
Bismarck has a reputation for being one of the best programs in the state, Dobitz said, so the outcome is something to use as motivation because his team knows it can compete with some of the best.
“I’m happy with how we wrestled,” Dobitz said. “I’m not happy with how I personally cost us the dual, but I think with the hard-nosed work ethic we’re starting to establish in the room, I hope will carry into how we wrestle.”
Dickinson’s next contest will be today in Grand Forks during the Grand Forks Multiple.
“Your goal is to have your team peak at the right time of the year,” Dobitz said. “I think we’re starting to take those steps toward peaking, and that’s what we’re pushing for.”

106: Alex Kroh, BC, forfeit
113: Brendan Johnson, D, dec. Clint Coleman, 5-4
120: Shane Fleck, BC, pin Jaxin Torgerson, 5:46
126: Matthew Raider, BC, dec. Matthew Meschke, 9-6
132: Tery Pajimula, BC, dec. Tod Irwin, 5-3
138: Madon Shultz, BC, pin Brian Rodriguez, 1:11
145: Thomas Irwin, D, pin Kellan Yolk, 1:11
152: Jaret Lee, D, forfeit
160: Caden Haugen, D, forfeit
170: Cameron Rants, BC, dec. Rafael Lopez, 7-5
182: Joe Rutledge, D, forfeit
195: Justin Meyer, D, forfeit
220: Phil Walker, BC, dec. Lucas Kubik, 3-1
285: Seth Braun, BC, dec. Dual Keck, 6-1

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