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Dickinson takes home the bronze 

The western side of the state was well represented in the High School State Wrestling tournament over the weekend.

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Luke Mavity battling in the team dual match against Jamestown.
Contributed / David Michealson

High School Wrestling programs from around the state traveled to Fargo to compete in the Class A and B state championships Saturday, Feb. 18. Among the teams that earned a state placing were Dickinson and Hettinger-Scranton. The Night Hawks took fifth place in Class B and the mighty Midgets finished in third.

Despite Dickinson taking fifth place in the Western Dakota Association tournament earlier in the month and having a fair regular season, they dusted themselves off and took to the winning podium at state championship with each wrestler obtaining at least one win.

“I think overall the wrestling team peaked at the end of the season,” Dickinson’s head coach Trevor Conrad said. “We were never ranked higher than seventh place in the state and when you come away with two third place trophies I think that is pretty good evidence that the kids peaked at the end of the year so that was a pretty great feeling.”

The Midgets defeated their first opponent, Valley City, in the quarterfinals with moderate ease. They had six falls, as well as a majority decision match performance from senior Houston Crimmins at the 145 weight class with the margin of victory being 14-4. Senior Kaden Selle pinned his opponent in 20 seconds. They beat the Vikings by 46-26.

They arrived at the semifinal in high fashion, but were met with the greatest of challenges, facing the WDA champions, Bismarck High. Their regular season loss against the Demons foreshadowed the event with a final score of 55-16.

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The Midgets fell quickly behind, but Zach Booth, at the 170 weight class, managed a majority decision to make it 9-4. Two forfeit matches of the 126 and 138 class gave Dickinson their only other points to end the dual 55-16.

“Kaden Selle, a senior who did not qualify in the individual state tournament,” Conrad said. “Put in a lot of hard work and maybe didn't get the results as a senior, he had a role on Saturday and he won both his matches.”

After Jamestown fell to Minot in their semifinal contest, they met Dickinson on the mat for one final duel to decide third place. The Midgets took control of the duel after the 106 weight class. Aidan Dahmus pinned his opponent for DHS’s second fall. The tallied six intotal.

The Midgets won the dual by nearly 20 points with a final result of 44-25. The Blue Jays did put up a strong aggressive offense with three consecutive pins in the 160, 170 and 182 weight classes. Jackson Melvin, victory at 195, started the momentum for Dickinson to go on a run of 25-0.

The Midgets did not place first in any of the individual weight classes, but their wrestlers' performance over the entire weekend stood out to Conrad as a win in itself.

Both Gage Glasser at 113 weight class and Jackson Melvin, 195, both made it to the semifinals before losing. Senior Houston Crimmins lost his quarterfinal match from a 4-3 decision, but responded with a major decision victory of 11-1 in his following match and would secure third place.

“Everyone at the state tournament had a role and they did a pretty good job, so I think that speaks volumes… Overall a lot of our guys did better than what other people expected them to do and maybe even their own expectations,” Conrad said. “That was kind of the theme of this year’s team. To get better every single week, fight through adversity and get what they earned.”

Senior athlete Troy Berg contested in the 160 weight class and was sent to the consolation bracket after a sudden victory loss in the quarterfinals against Jamestown’s Colton Mewes. Berg battled on through four additional matches to achieve third place. Berg was awarded the Class A Boys Wrestling Senior Athlete of the Year to cap off his high school wrestling career.

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“Troy has put in a lot of work,” Conrad said. This is my sixth year as coach of the Dickinson wrestling program and every year Troy has been to the State wrestling tournament. Being an Academic All-State wrestler all those years, state placer five of those years. He has had a remarkable career… it is an award he has definitely earned.”

Conrad spoke very highly of all his seniors and the effort that they especially put into this season and what they were able to accomplish.

“It was more than one match, but every guy had a job and did not just settle for just being there… A guy like Luke Mavity, wrestling at 220, is a first year wrestler, was never ranked during the seasons and he ended up being the sixth best wrestler in the state,” Conrad said. “Seniors like Zach Booth almost placed after never being in a state tournament and Dawnson Ritcher has been part of the program for a long time and as a senior finally got to be a state placer.”

Class A Results:

1. Bismarck; 2. Minot; 3. Dickinson; 4. Jamestown; 5. West Fargo Sheyenne; 6. Valley City

1st Place Match:

Bismarck defeated Minot, 52-21.

3rd Place Match:

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Dickinson defeated Jamestown, 44-25.

5th Place Match:

West Fargo Sheyenne defeated Valley City, 39-33.

Dickinson Individual Placing:

Aidan Dahmus, 106, 8th Place

Gage Glaser, 113, 3rd Place

Gavin Morel, 120, 6th Place

Trenton Gillen, 132, 5th Place

Dawson Richter, 132, 6th Place

Houston Crimminsm, 145, 3rd Place

Troy Berg, 160, Third Place

Jackson Melvin, 195, Third Place

Luke Mavity, 220, 6th Place

Class B results: 

1. Lisbon; 2. New Salem-Almont; 3. South Border;

4. Hettinger/Scranton; 5. Carrington; 6. Kenmare-Bowbells

1st Place Match:

Lisbon defeated New Salem-Almont 36-30

3rd Place Match:

South Border defeated Hettinger/Scranton 37-25.

5th Place Match:

Carrington defeated Kenmare-Bowbells 40-36.

Individual Placing:

Bowman 

Mace Stuber, 220, 3rd place

Hettinger-Scranton-Bison

Kyler Schalesky, 113, 8th Place

Tanner Defoe, 120, 5th Place

Peyton Tuhy, 126, 8th Place

Jaron Frank, 132,-3rd Place

Cade Warbis, 138, 5th Place

Gavin Dalley, 152, 7th Place

Conner Andress, 160, 3rd Place

Tristan Pekas, 182, 5th Place

Bowden Hasbrouck, 220, 8th Place

Killdeer: 

Jace Andersen, 113, 2nd Place

Cody Simmons, 120, 6th Place

Tucker Bohmbach, 132, 8th Place

Noah Jepson, 170, 8th Place

Ben Roundy, 285, 4th Place

Josiah C. Cuellar was born in San Angelo, Texas, a small rural community in the western part of the state known for its farming, ranching and beautiful Concho River. A Texas A&M San Antonio graduate specializing in multi-media reporting, Cuellar is an award winning photographer and reporter whose work focuses on community news and sports.
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