Dickinson takes WDA dual over Jamestown

Taking to the mats and keeping opponents on their backs led to a team win for Dickinson wrestling.

Aidan Dahmus (top) moments away pinning his Jamestown opponent at their regional dual on Thursday, Jan. 13
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Dickinson’s home crowd got to witness the Midgets’ clasp a triumph over Jamestown in a bitterly contested Western Dakota Association wrestling dual Thursday night. DHS took the regional win by a three team point advantage, largely thanks to wrestlers taking decision losses over falls.

Dickinson head coach Trevor Conrad knew it would be a tough matchup going into the dual meet and gave praise to their first wrestler Wyatt Raines for battling a full match despite losing.

“We knew it would be a dogfight coming in, but nice to be on the winning side of a close dual,” Conrad said. “We gave up some pins, but it kind of came down to Wyatt Raines in the first match. It was a close match and if he would have given up a pin then we would have lost the dual. Even though he lost, it is big that he didn't give up the pin.”

Raines’ decision loss would see Dickinson on top a match later with Jackson Melvin winning the 195 weight class match by way of fall at 2:33.

Luke Mavity at 220 would be another win for the Midgets that went all three periods and ended 14-11. Mavity had five takedowns and held the lead early into the first period, but his opponent Bo Nelson made it an entertaining fight with the score at 11-10 at the final minute in the third.


Luke Mavity and Bo Nelson amid a scramble in a close and heated match during Dickinson's home meet against Jamestown on Thursday, Jan. 13.
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Aidan Dahmus at 106 came away with a pin easily enough. He first took a near pin to go 5-0 over his opponent, but would take all six team points in the final moments of the first period.

After the 120 weight class the score was 24-6, when the Blue Jays would go on a run of winning three consecutive matches, two of which by falls.

Sam Schlepuetz pins his Dickinson opponent after his initial takedown at the Dickinson and Jamestown dual on Thursday, Jan. 13
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In the 145 category Houston Crimmins would put Dickinson back on track with a second period fall at 2:27.

Kaden Selle's win at 152 would give Dickinson a decisive victory before the final two matches to make it 36-21. Twice in the first period, the referee had to call for blood time, but Selle stayed focused and got his fall at 1:45 after a takedown and two near pins.

“Our guys only know how to wrestle in one gear. We tell them wrestle til 6:01, wrestle longer than what the match will be and our guys did that,” Conrad said. “Kaden Selle stepped up to the lineup at 152 … He came out and had the kid on his back three different times and just stuck him, put the boots to him. It was awesome. Kaden Selle really came up big tonight.”

Kaden Selle had a takedown and two near falls before pinning his opponent at 1:45 in the first period. This was during Dickinson's home meet against Jamestown on Thursday, Jan. 13.
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The Midgets tallied five pins all together, giving up four. They will not have a moment to celebrate the victory as they will hit the mats again tomorrow facing Bismarck Legacy.

“We need to come out and get better from this dual because it is going to be another conference dual,” Conrad said. “And will be one that we need to win.”

Score Summary
182: Preston Gall (JAM) over Wyatt Raines (DIC) (Dec 3-2); 195: Jackson Melvin (DIC) over Eric Levin (JAM) (Fall 2:33); 220: Luke Mavity (DIC) over Bo Nelson (JAM) (Dec 14-11); 285: Malakai Robinson (JAM) over Landon Fichter (DIC) (Dec 4-3); 106: Aidan Dahmus (DIC) over Marissa Fischer (JAM) (Fall 1:46); 113: Gage Glaser (DIC) over Lucas Schlepuetz (JAM) (Dec 8-3); 120: Gavin Morel (DIC) over Ray Vasquez (JAM) (Fall 1:19); 126: Sam Schlepuetz (JAM) over Colton King (DIC) (Fall 1:21); 132: Grady Anderson (JAM) over Trenton Gillen (DIC) (Dec 5-2); 138: Aden Braun (JAM) over Dawson Richter (DIC) (Fall 2:58); 145: Houston Crimmins (DIC) over Louis Kjellberg (JAM) (Fall 2:27); 152: Kaden Selle (DIC) over Josh Dickerman (JAM) (Fall 1:45); 160: Colton Mewes (JAM) over Evan Lubken (DIC) (Fall 1:13); 170: Jackson Walters (JAM) over Zach Booth (DIC) (Fall 1:52)


Gavin Morel contest at 120 winning by first period fall at 1:19
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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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