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Pin-point in history: Midgets gain experience and confidence in inaugural home meet

Clancy Meyer becomes first female varsity wrestler from Dickinson to win on home mat in inaugural season

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Emily Schilling, Karinna Walker, Alivia Spicer, Harper Boettcher, Ember Waters, Clancy Meyer. Bottom left to right: Angela Gutierrez, Isabel Medearis, Natalie Meyer, Breanna Erickson, Aryana Loran.
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DICKINSON — The Dickinson High School gymnasium was the site of history on Thursday evening, as the school hosted its first ever home girls varsity wrestling meet. Despite a loss to third-ranked Bismarck High School, the Midgets' Clancy Meyer will go down in history as the first female wrestler from Dickinson varsity team to earn a victory on their home mat, with a 9-3 decision.

The Demons, who came into the match with a 3-2 record, would win 70-9. The Midgets, who were still looking for their first win of their inaugural season, managed to earn two victories in the match, and a third in an extra match.

The first match of the evening was an automatic win for the Midgets, as 100-pound Harper Boettcher was awarded a forfeit victory in her weight class. She would also compete in an extra match at 105, but ultimately fell victim to a pin.

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Natalie Meyer, Clancy Meyer and Emily Schilling posing together after Minot meet.
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Bismarck would go on to win three consecutive matches, with Angela Gutierrez (105) and Aryana Loran (115) both earning first-round pins. The Demons' Maggie Thielges would also earn a 10-1 major decision victory over Natalie Meyer in the 110 weight class, holding out for all three periods and executing a daring escape late in the match.

With the score 16-6 in favor of Bismarck, Clancy Meyer took to the mat determined to turn things around for her team. She took a two-point lead in the first period with a takedown, and then won the second period 4-3, reversing out of a reversal before her opponent could escape. In the third period, she managed to gain three more points, by escaping and notching her third takedown in the match to win it 9-3.

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The final official matches of the evening, in the 125 and 170 weight classes, would end in falls for Bismarck. Ember Waters fell to Cambrie Feist in under a minute, and then Demons' Josie Trieu would get the pin in the third period over Alivia Spicer in a hard fought pairing.

After the official matches were over, six extra matches were held, all ending in falls. Ember Waters was able to earn a first-round fall of her own, still in the 120 weight class.

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Dickinson girls wrestling program during practice
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Despite a rough start to their inaugural season, the Dickinson team has shown steady improvement and have taken advantage of the opportunities to compete at home — setting the stage for future rivalries and accomplishments.
Results:
100: Harper Boettcher (DKN) over (BIS) (For.) 105: Izzy Owens (BIS) over Angela Gutierrez (DKN) (Fall 0:38)
110: Maggie Thielges (BIS) over Natalie Meyer (DKN) (MD 10-1) 115: Julia Araujo (BIS) over Aryana Loran (DKN) (Fall 0:49)
120: Clancy Meyer (DKN) over Leyna Ulroan (BIS) (Dec 9-3)
125: Cambrie Feist (BIS) over Ember Waters (DKN) (Fall 0:54)
130: Taeghan Rittenbach (BIS) over (DKN) (For.)
135: Madison Reems (BIS) over (DKN) (For.)
140: Adriana Turner (BIS) over (DKN) (For.)
145: Aubrie Overson (BIS) over (DKN) (For.)
155: Lexi Beckler (BIS) over (DKN) (For.)
170: Josie Trieu (BIS) over Alivia Spicer (DKN) (Fall 4:27)
190: Cambree Anderson (BIS) over (DKN) (For.)
250: Brinley Buechler (BIS) over (DKN) (For.)

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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