Mighty Midgets: Dickinson wrestling program leaves mark on state championship

At the state championship wrestling tournament inside the Fargodome, the Dickinson Midgets wrestling program witnessed seven boys and three girls reach the podium.

Referee carefully watches the wrestling match. At the 2023 West Region tournament.
Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press

FARGO — Inside the FargoDome the state’s best high school wrestlers are actively engaged in a winner-take-all to crown the best in the state. Among the athletes representing their schools, family and communities, are 13 Dickinson Midgets. The Midgets proved they're a force to be reckoned with at the state championship tournament, with 10 placing in the top eight of their individual weight classes.

Seven boys and three girls have enshrined their name in the record books, making the podium and showcasing their skills. From heart-stopping victories to stunning upsets, here's a closer look at how Dickinson's wrestlers dominated the competition.

They finished with two third place finishers in weight classes 106 and 120. Freshman Jake Glaser took bronze against Jamestown No .4 seeded Jack Schauer by way of 17-0 technical fall. Jake Glaser made it all the way to the semifinals before being knocked out by No. 1 Nicolas Enzminger.

Senior Gavin Morel was Dickinson second third place finisher at 120, having to battle fellow teammate Wyatt Turner for it. Morel's victory came from a 6-3 decision to place Turner as fourth in the state. Turner, finding himself on the outskirts of the winners podium, will have his chance at the title for four more years.

The Midgets also had two wrestlers in the 170 weight class; freshman Hugh Meyer and senior James Bozovsky. Meyer lost the fifth place matchup against Minot’s DeJarius Jones, going all the way into sudden victory. Bozovsky’s eighth place finish would also be decided by “next score wins.”


Gage Glaser, took fourth at 126, falling to Jack Coles in three minutes and 51 seconds. Gage Glaser had made it to the semifinals, where he met Jesse Thompson, who took the WDA championship from him. When they met a week before, Gage Glaser was unable to score a point over Thompson, but this time around the two were tied at two going into the third round. Thompson would then get the fall over Glaser after four minutes and 35 seconds.

Both Colton King and Aidan Dahmus won their last match to take seventh place in 138 and 113 weight classes respectively.

Coincidentally, Dickinson three girls state places would also find themselves in a seventh place matchup at the end of the individual tournament.

Aryana Loran, at 105 and Natalie Meyer, at 110, would be able to pick up wins for seventh, while Clancy Meyer would lose by a 5-1 decision to finish eighth in the 115 weight class. Both Loran and Meyer collected falls over their opponents and as a program, Dickinson had 13 pins.

Dickinson went into the tourney striving for a title finish and though they fell short of that goal, they aren't leaving empty handed. In total they have 10 state ranked wrestlers, of which all but two will be returning.

State ranked:
Third place, 113, Jake Glaser
Third place, 120, Gavin Morel
Fourth place, 120, Wyatt Turner
Fourth place, 126, Gage Glaser
Seventh place, 138, Colton King
Sixth place 170, Hugh Meyer
Eighth place 170, James Bozovsky
Seventh place, 105, Aryana Loran
Seventh place, 110, Natalie Meyer
Eighth place, 115, Clancy Meyer

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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