Minot keeps Dickinson at arm’s length in 38-21 match

Magicians secure victory with a three pin contest at an intense dual in Dickinson. 

James Bozovsky returns to the sideline after his match.
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DICKINSON — The Minot Magicians faced off against the Dickinson Midgets in a Western Dakota Association wrestling match on Friday, January 27th, at Dickinson Middle School. The Magicians secured a victory with a final score of 38-21.

The Minot Magicians, with their bronze status in the Western Dakota Association, proved to be a formidable opponent for the Midgets who have struggled to make their way past the middle of the pack. The Magicians secured three falls for a cumulative score of 18 points, while the Midgets could only manage a major decision and a technical fall for their largest source of points.

Gage Glaser lifts his opponent for a feet to back takedown.
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The dual started with great promise for Dickinson, with three wins in the first four weight classes. Jake Glaser, at 106, set the tone for the Midgets with a commanding 9-0 major decision victory over Luke Mortensen. This was followed by decisive wins from Wyatt Turner and Gage Glaser in the 120 and 132 weight classes respectively. Turner controlled the match with a reverse move in the second period, securing a 6-0 decision victory. Glaser sealed a technical fall in the third period, with a final score of 16-0 over his opponent.

However, the Magicians were quick to turn the tide and make the Midgets' 12-3 lead disappear. They won the next six matches, including two falls, a technical fall, and a forfeit. Colton King, representing the Midgets in the 138 weight class, put up a valiant fight against his opponent in a 25-9 technical fall match. Despite escaping six takedowns, King was unable to secure a win for his team.

Head Coach Trevor Conrad congratulating Minot's DeJarius Jones after defeating Dickinson's James Bozovsky in 7-4 contest.
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Conrad Kopari, in the 145 weight class, made a valiant effort to rally his team with a reverse in the second period of his match. Unfortunately, time would play a crucial role in his defeat as his opponent had two stalling warnings in the third period. Despite this setback, the Midgets still managed to collect three more wins in the dual, with decision wins in the 182, 195, and 285 weight classes.


Hugh Meyer, representing the Midgets in the 182 weight class, made a remarkable comeback in the third period, starting from a 5-0 deficit and finishing with a 12-8 win. Jackson Melvin secured a 4-2 win at 195 pounds, while Ethan Halvorson's 4-2 win at 285 allowed the Midgets to end the night on a high note.

The Magicians clinched their victory on the back of eight matches, while Dickinson came up just short despite their five wins on the night.

David Llamas and Aidan Dahmus battling center mat, with coaches and the crowd intently watching.
Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press

Weight class winners for Minot were David Llamas (113), Gabe Mortensen (132), Daniel Fernandez (138), Noah Bledsoe (145), Kaden Kraft (152), Sean Anderson (160), DeJarius Jones (170) and Kaydn Turnbow (220); while winners for the Midgets were Jake Glaser (106), Wyatt Turner (120), Gage Glaser (126), Hugh Meyer (182), Jackson Melvin (195) and Ethan Halvorson (285).

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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