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Quality beginnings: Midgets wrestle strong, send 4 to Class A semifinals

FARGO -- The Dickinson High wrestling team had a solid start and a strong finish. The Midgets qualified 8 of 10 wrestlers to the quarterfinals following the afternoon session of the North Dakota Class A state wrestling tournament. Dickinson didn'...

Rafael Lopez
Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson junior Rafael Lopez, top, scores a reversal against Wahpeton’s Kyle Bjugstad during the quarterfinals match at 170 pounds in the North Dakota Class A state wrestling tournament on Thursday at the Fargodome.

FARGO - The Dickinson High wrestling team had a solid start and a strong finish.
The Midgets qualified 8 of 10 wrestlers to the quarterfinals following the afternoon session of the North Dakota Class A state wrestling tournament.
Dickinson didn’t stop collecting wins from there as the team finished with four semifinalists Thursday at the Fargodome. The Midgets are fourth in the team standings with 49 points.
“We have to follow it up (today) and wrestle solid,” Dickinson head coach Pete Dobitz said. “To have 10 kids qualify and to have all 10 wrestle well at this time, that’s the goal as coach. You want to be peaking at the right time. We feel like a lot of boys are peaking right now.”
No wrestler left the mat more satisfied than Clayton Tangen.
The Dickinson senior, who is the No. 5 seed at 152 pounds, struggled at times throughout the year, but he said those memories are long forgotten.
“Right now, this is the only thing that matters,” Tangen said. “The rest of the season doesn’t really matter anymore, except for this weekend.”
Tangen defeated No. 4 seed Jason Moore of Mandan in a 9-4 decision.
For the past week, Tangen and the Dickinson coaching staff put together a game plan of how to wrestle Moore. It worked to a tee.
“We have to figure out how to wrestle against him,” Tangen said. “It worked perfectly.”
The other three wrestlers joining Tangen as semifinalists are senior Austin Hutzenbiler (126), juniors Jaret Lee (138) and Rafael Lopez (170).
Lee didn’t waste much time on the mat. He wrapped up his two matches in a total of 1 minute, 27 seconds.
“I just didn’t want to mess around,” Lee said with a smile.
Hutzenbiler’s knee felt fine to start the day, but as it progressed it started to get more and more tight.
Nonetheless, the Dickinson senior collected a pair of wins with hopes of reaching his second straight state finals match.
“In my second match, it was kind of getting to me,” Hutzenbiler said about the knee said. “I started to feel some pain, but I just toughed it out.”
Lopez knows the competition isn’t going to get any easier in the final two days of the tournament.
The state tournament continues with the first round of consolation matches at 9 a.m. today.
“It was a tough day (on Thursday), but it will always get tougher with the number of rounds you advance,” Lopez said. “It’s just about wrestling aggressive and being tough the whole time.”

Class A
Dual results
Quarterfinals
West Fargo 53, Minot 17
106: Brody Armstrong, M, dec. Jordan Gianakos, 13-0. 113: Matthew Leier, M, dec. Keegan Cronin, 8-5. 120: Jared Franek, WF, pinned Peter Folk, 1:15. 126: Tyler Strandberg, M, dec. Jordan Gianakos, 13-0. 132: Devin Stein, M, pinned Lincoln Kranz, :57. 138: Jacob Franek, WF, dec. Ethan Benham, 4-1. 145: Jordan Shearer, WF, pinned Creighton Rudolph, 1:11. 152: Christian Ramberg, WF, pinned Tyler Thompson, 3:01. 160: Jesse Shearer, WF, pinned Matthew Rabe, 3:46. 170: Chase Teiken, technical fall Michael Lambert, 16-0. 182: Weston Dobler, pinned Eli Wickum, :40. 195: Alby Rodriquez, WF, dec. Je-Mario Jones, 6-3. 220: Brandon Metz, WF, pinned Hunter Swartwout, :08. 285: Zach Willis, WF, pinned Elijah Huff, 3:20.
Bismarck Century 49, Fargo Davies 27
106: Shane Fleck, BC, pinned Brody Mohr, 1:37. 113: Jaden Mairs, FD, pinned Izaiah Bitz, 3:18. 120: Mason Schulz, BC, pinned David Fry, :22. 126: Trey Pajimula, BC, dec. Alex Skaare, 14-6. 132: Bobby Edick, BC, dec. Keenan Morris, 8-3. 138: Hunter Eckert, BC, pinned Richard Dralu, 1:41. 145: Bryce Burnside, FD, dec. Bo Bondeson, 10-4. 152: Tyler Ness, BC, pinned Isaac Dralu, 1:05. 160: Cameron Rants, BC, pinned Kolby Johnson, 3:21. 170: Jacob Rader, BC, pinned Colton Rohrich, 1:13. 182: Nick Kjera, FD, pinned Tjaden Smith, 4:44. 195: Quinn Martin, FD, pinned Aaron Were, 1:59. 220: Seth Braun, BC, pinned Andre Baguma, :22. 285: Jacob West, FD, pinned Philip Walter, 2:41.
Bismarck 57, Wahpeton 13
106: Ryan Ripplinger, B, pinned Hunter Berg, :32. 113: Dillon Spaulding, B, pinned Matthew Prchal, 1:24. 120: Jacksen Perrin, B, dec. Noah Wiek, 5-0. 126: Taylor Nein, B, dec. Gavin Lenoue, 7-3. 132: Jacob Berg, W, dec. Alex Hoffman, 6-3. 138: Logan Boese, B, pinned Dylan Wiek, 1:27. 145: Logan Meyer, W, pinned Jordan Sanford, 4:57. 152: Adam Blees, B, pinned Aaron Deike, 1:55. 160: Robert Kringlie, B, dec. Casey Frankhauser, 7-0. 170: Kyle Bjugstad, W, dec. Alex Schmitt, 9-1. 182: Jake Sanders, B, pinned Carl Bjugstad, 5:07. 195: Justin Berquist, B, pinned Ted Mandt, 3:05. 220: Jaren Olson, B, won by forfeit. 285: Tristan Hall, B, won by forfeit.
Grand Forks Central 39, Turtle Mountain 33
106: Carson Williams, GFC, pinned Tate Laducer, 1:52. 113: Edward LaVallie, TM, pinned Dylan Jenkins, 3:00. 120: Carlos Balboa, GFC, won by forfeit. 126: Dawson Zerr, TM, pinned Justin Spielman, 1:06. 132: Brandon Hanson, GFC, pinned Trevis LaRocque, 2:43. 138: Jordan Eli, TM, dec. Anthony Lamberson, 7-1. 145: Jesus Flores, GFC, pinned Cole Champagne, 2:39. 152: Bryce Brandon, GFC, pinned Clifron Vivier, 1:28. 160: Gordon Isler, GFC, pinned Thayne LaRocque, 2:57. 170: Spencer Oen, GFC, dec. Brek Laducer, 7-3. 182: Brandon Rodriguez, TM, pinned Dylan Kuchera, :37. 195: Jesse Rodriguez, TM, dec. Jacob Stauss, 7-6. 220: Waylon DeCoteau, TM, pinned Nick Escobar, 4:51. 285: Trajan LaRocque, TM, dec. Brady Terrill, 3-1.

Individual results
Team totals
Bismarck 113, West Fargo 103.5, Bismarck Century 81.5, Dickinson 49, Turtle Mountain-Belcourt 42.5, Minot 41, Mandan 40, Fargo Davies 33.5, Fargo South 33, Grand Forks Central 33, Wahpeton 32.5, Bismarck St. Mary’s 29.5, Williston 19, Valley City 18, Jamestown 15, Fargo North 13, Grand Forks Red River 12.5, Bismarck Legacy 4, Devils Lake 0.
106 pounds
First round
Ryan Ripplinger, Bismarck, pinned Kellan Kliner, Fargo North, :34; Shane Fleck, Bismarck Century, pinned Jaustin Opatz, 1:28; Justin Harms, West Fargo, pinned Carson Williams, Grand Forks Central, 2:50; Adam DeBoer, Bismarck, dec. Dylan Barchenger, Mandan, 6-1; Brody Armstrong, pinned James Fisk, Devils Lake, :45; Austin Luther, Williston, pinned Hunter Berg, Wahpeton, 3:49; Ethan Bowman, Jamestown, dec. Parker Larson, Valley City, 6-1; Ryan Zachmeier, Mandan, pinned Brody Mohr, Fargo Davies, 3:46.
Quarterfinals
Ripplinger, B, maj. dec. Fleck, BC, 12-4; Harms, WF, dec. DeBoer, B, 8-7; Armstrong, M, maj. dec. Luther, W, 12-0; Zachmeier, M, dec. Bowman, J, 7-1.
113 pounds
First round
Dillon Spaulding, Bismarck, pinned Dalton McKenzie, Williston, 1:33; Rylee Bjork, Valley City, dec. Karson Mosbrucker, Mandan, 16-8; Jaden Mairs, Fargo Davies, pinned Edward LaVallie, Turtle Mountain-Belcourt, 1:37; Keegan Cronin, West Fargo, pinned Colby Rance, Devils Lake, 1:33; Matthew Leier, Minot, pinned Dylan Jenkins, Grand Forks Central, 1:52; Isaac Berger, Mandan, dec. Izaiah Bitz, Bismarck Century, 10-1; Casey Loeks, Bismarck St. Mary’s, pinned Matthew Prchal, Wahpeton, 2:52; Jonathan Fraase, Fargo South, pinned Callen Oestern, Valley City, :25.
Quarterfinals
Spaulding, B, pinned, Bjork, VC, 3:11; Cronin, WF, dec. Mairs, FD, 4-0; Leier, M, SV-1, Berger, M, 9-7; Fraase, FS, tech. fall Loeks, BSM, 17-0.
120 pounds
First round
Jared Franek, West Fargo, pinned Noah Braun, Jamestown, 1:09; Peter Folk, Minot, dec. Alphanzo Gowah, Fargo South, 5-3; Carlos Balboa, Grand Forks Central, dec. Tod Irwin, Dickinson, 7-1; Noah Wiek, Wahpeton, pinned Anthony Schreier, Grand Forks Red River, 5:03; Jacksen Perrin, Bismarck, pinned Bir Gurung, Fargo South, 3:32; Kolten Reisenauer, Mandan, dec. Matthew Rader, Bismarck Century, 4-3; Jared Undem, Valley City, pinned Brandon Dallmann, Jamestown, 3:09; Mason Schulz, Bismarck Century, pinned Hayden Lunos, Wahpeton, 1:42.
Quarterfinals
Franek, WF, pinned Folk, M, 3:06; Balboa, GFC, maj. dec. Wiek, W, 10-2; Perrin, B, pinned Reisenauer, M, 2:53; Schulz, BC, pinned, Undem, VC, :32.
126 pounds
First round
Taylor Nein, Bismarck, technical fall Jordan Gianakos, West Fargo, 19-4; Devin Steidler, Bismarck, pinned Trey Larimer, Grand Forks Red River, 3:00; Alex Skaare, Fargo Davies, technical fall Justin Spielman, Grand Forks Central, 19-3; Tyler Strandberg, Minot, pinned David Peterson, Valley City, 3:03; Dawson Zerr, Turtle Mountain-Belcourt, pinned Michael Johnson, West Fargo, 1:47; Trey Pajimula, Bismarck Century, dec. Lukas Maughan, Fargo North, 10-3; Gavin Lenoue, Wahpeton, pinned Christian Hanson, Bismarck St. Mary’s, :39; Austin Hutzenbiler, Dickinson, pinned Kane Barnick, Jamestown, :35.
Quarterfinals
Nein, B, pinned Steidler, B, 3:14; Strandberg, M, dec. Skaare, FD, 8-3; Pajimula, BC, SV-1, Zerr, TM-B, 8-6; Hutzenbiler, D, maj. dec. Lenoue, W, 16-6.
132 pounds
First round
Tate Barnhardt, Bismarck St. Mary’s, technical fall Devin Stein, Minot, 20-3; Trevis LaRocque, Turtle Mountain-Belcourt, pinned Tate Norby, Dickinson, 2:30; Alex Hoffman, Bismarck, technical fall Lincoln Kranz, West Fargo, 16-1; Brandon Hanson, Grand Forks Central, pinned Keenan Morris, Fargo Davies, 1:26; Jacob Berg, Wahpeton, pinned Tyler Hehn, Fargo South, 2:45; Anthony Lamberson, Grand Forks Central, pinned Logan Erlandson, Valley City, 4:11; Bobby Edick, Bismarck Century, dec. Donovan Moon, Devils Lake, 15-5; Brandon Zachmeier, dec. Roy Ism, Williston, 20-6.
Quarterfinals
Barnhardt, BSM, pin LaRocque, TMB, :48; Hoffman, B, dec. Hanson, GFC, 6-5; Berg, Wahpeton, maj. dec. Lamberson, GFC, 9-0; Zachmeier, Mandan, pin Edick, BC, 3:07.
138 pounds
First round
Hunter Eckert, Bismarck Century, pinned Dlyan Fleck, Mandan, 1:18; Raif Horswill, Williston, dec. Brady Bieber, Bismarck, 7-3; Ethan Benham, Minot, pinned Chris Thiel, Wahpeton, 2:31; Jacob Franek, West Fargo, technical fall Cole McGough, Valley City, 17-0; Bryce Burnside, Fargo Davies, pinned Jace Estenson, Devils Lake, 3:34; Jordan Eli, Turtle Mountain-Belcourt, technical fall Christian Axelson, Williston, 20-3; Jesus Flores, Grand Forks Central, disqualification over Rashidi Kikopa, Fargo South; Jaret Lee, Dickinson, pinned Dylan Wiek, Wahpeton, :55.
Quarterfinals
Eckert, BC, pin Horswill, Williston, 4:30; Franek, WF, dec. Benham, Minot, 7-6; Burnside, FD, pin Eli, TMB, 2:46; Lee, D, pin Flores, GFC, :32.
145 pounds
First round
Jordan Shearer, West Fargo, pinned Carson Mosser, Minot, 2:33; Cade Pederson, West Fargo, technical fall Bryce Brandon, Grand Forks Central, 23-7; Tom Irwin, Dickinson, dec. Matthew Schaffner, Bismarck St. Mary’s, 8-3; Logan Meyer, Wahpeton, technical fall Arnold Rodriguez, Fargo North, 21-2; Creighton Rudoph, Minot, pinned Yarkerseh Korlor, Fargo South, 4:30; Malek Larimer, Grand Forks Red River, technical fall Ethan Cermak, Mandan, 15-0; Bo Bondeson, Bismarck Century, pinned Jonathon Langer, Valley City, 2:16; Logan Boese, Bismarck, pinned Keith Shahin, Jamestown, 2:00.
Quarterfinals
Shearer, WF, pin Pederson, WF, :35; Meyer, Wahpeton, maj. dec. Irwin, D, 10-1; Larimer, GFRR, dec. Rudolph, Minot, 3-2; Boese, Bismarck, 8-3.
152 pounds
First round
Adam Blees, Bismarck, pinned Gordon Isler, Grand Forks Central, 1:52; Skyler Current, Fargo North, pinned Brody Farmer, West Fargo, :38; Clayton Tangen, Dickinson, pinned Tyler Thompson, 5:34; Jason Moore, Mandan, pinned Tyler Norpel, Williston, 5:04; Augustus Siaway, Fargo South, pinned Michael Arguelles, Fargo Davies, 2:00; Tyler Ness, Bismarck Century, pinned Tyler Messmer, Bismarck Legacy, 4:39; Aaron Deike, Wahpeton, dec. Rowan Horswill, Williston, 11-3; Christian Ramberg, West Fargo, pinned Jamison Richter, Grand Forks Red River, 4:00.
Quarterfinals
Blees, B, pin Current, FN, 1:01; Tangen, D, dec. Moore, Mandan, 9-4; Siaway, FS, dec. Ness, GFC, 11-5; Ramberg, WF, pin Deike, Wahpeton, 5:17.
160 pounds
First round
Jesse Shearer, West Fargo, pinned Matthew Raber, Minot, 4:38; Matt Kaylor, Bismarck Legacy, pinned Casey Frankhauser, Wahpeton, 3:25; Dillon Clark, Dickisnon, pinned R.J. Garcia, Fargo Norther, 1:49; Spencer Oen, Grand Forks Central, dec. Jake Tangen, Valley City, 12-0; Dale Spilman, Mandan, pinned Wyatt Goulet, Grand Forks Red River, 1:55; Kolby Johnson, Fargo Davies, dec. Robert Kringlie, Bismarck, 12-3; Cameron Rants, Bismarck Century, pinned Tyler Deitemeyer, Fargo South, 3:04; Paxton Mewes, Jamestown, pinned Brett Doeden, Williston, 1:13.
Quarterfinals
Shearer, WF, maj. dec. Kaylor, BL, 12-1; Oen, GFC, dec. Clark, D, 7-4; Spilman, Mandan, maj. dec. Kringlie, B, 14-4; Mewes, J, dec. Rants, GFC, 6-0.
170 pounds
First round
Jacob Rader, Bismarck Century, pinned Ryan Williams, Grand Forks Red River, :13; Beau Kary, Bismarck, dec. Michael Lambert, Minot, 4-0; Chase Teiken, West Fargo, pinned Chancler Devier, Grand Forks Central, 4:53; Isaac Fleck, Mandan, dec. Royce Horswill, Williston, 8-2; Rafael Lopez, Dickinson, dec. Dylan Kuchera, Grand Forks Central, 5-0; Kyle Bjugstad, Wahpeton, dec. Zach Hettwer, Grand Forks Red River, 7-2; Brek Laducer, Turtle Mountain-Belcourt, technical fall Colton Rohrich, Fargo Davies, 17-1; Logan Rhode, Fargo South, technical fall Alex Schmitt, Bismarck, 19-3.
Quarterfinals
Rader, GFC, maj. dec. Kary, B, 13-0; Teiken, WF, dec. Fleck, Mandan, 5-4; Lopez, D, dec. Bjugstad, Wahpeton, 13-6; Rhode, FS, pin Laducer, TMB, 1:44.
182 pounds
First round
Weston Dobler, West Fargo, pinned Dashley Foltz, Grand Forks Central, :26; Tjaden Smith, Bismarck Century, technical fall Noah Kaber, Valley City, 18-0; Nick Kjera, Fargo Davies, dec. Carl Bjugstad, Wahpeton, 11-3; Coy Turnquist, Williston, pinned Parker Brekhus, Fargo South, 4:28; Jake Sanders, Bismarck, pinned Matt Meier, Fargo North, :32; Logan Goulet, Grand Forks Red River, pinned Eli Wickum, Minot, 3:20; Ian Brown, Bismarck St. Mary’s, pinned Mason Schlosser, Mandan, 3:42; Brandon Rodriguez, Turtle Mountain-Belcourt, pinned Nathan Goodrich, Jamestown, :31.
Quarterfinals
Dobler, WF, pinned Smith, BC, 1:31; Kjera, FD, dec. Turnquist, W, 5-4; Sanders, B, pinned Goulet, GFRR, 2:49; Rodriguez, tech. fall, Brown, BSM, 15-0.
195 pounds
First round
Waylon DeCoteau, Turtle Mountain-Belcourt, pinned Je-Mario Jones, Minot, 1:07; Alby Rodriguez, West Fargo, pinned Jaden Oestern, Valley City, :54; Gavin Rook, Fargo North, pinned Ted Mandt, Wahpeton, 2:32; Jake Solem, Fargo South, dec. Quinn Martin, Fargo Davies, 11-2; Justin Berquist, Bismarck, pinned Zach Lehmann, West Fargo, 2:33; James Hamilton, Minot, dec. Aaron Were, Bismarck Century, 8-7; Justin Meyer, Dickinson, dec. Jacob Stauss, Grand Forks Central, 8-1; Trace Moravec, Bismarck Century, pinned Steve Charboneau, Turtle Mountain-Belcourt, 3:48.
Quarterfinals
DeCoteau, TM-B, pinned Rodriquez, WF, 3:35; Rook, FN, dec. Solem, FS, 3-2; Berquist, B, pinned Hamilton, M, 3:52; Moravec, BC, pinned Meyer, D, 4:54.
220 pounds
First round
Brandon Metz, West Fargo, pinned Cole Swenson, Valley City, :34; Kyle Anderson, Jamestown, pinned Marcus Goulet, Turtle Mountain-Belcourt, 2:19; Jaren Olson, Bismarck, pinned Chase Hatle, Fargo Davies, :47; Seth Braun, Bismarck Century, pinned Bret Holtzman, Fargo South, :29; Brett Sandberg, Williston, pinned Nick Escobar, Grand Forks Central, 1:17; Jesse Rodriguez, Turtle Mountain-Belcourt, dec. Zande Ritz, Mandan, 7-1; Hunter Swartwout, Minot, pinned Andre Baguma, Fargo Davies, 2:25; Jordan Magnuson, Valley City, pinned Dylan Ystebo, Fargo Davies, :28.
Quarterfinals
Metz, WF, pinned Anderson, J, :17; Braun, BC, dec. Olson, B, 3-1; Sandberg, W, dec. Rodriguez, TM-B, 3-1; Magnuson, VC, injury, Swartwout, M, :02.
285 pounds
First round
Tristan Hall, Bismarck, pinned Elijah Huff, Minot, 1:37; Hector Hernandez, Grand Forks Central, pinned Phillip Walter, Bismarck Century, 3:22; Jacob West, Fargo Davies, dec. Mikael Fetch, Mandan, 3-0; Dual Keck, Dickinson, pinned Carter Buelow, Grand Forks Red River, 3:36; Brady Terrill, Grand Forks Central, pinned Chandler Haut, Jamestown, 1:07; Trajan LaRocque, Turtle Mountain-Belcourt, pinned Jamal Omar, Fargo Davies, 3:34; Zach Willis, West Fargo, pinned Nathan Fraase, Fargo South, :30; Jackson Grad, Bismarck St. Mary’s, pinned Wyatt Bjornson, Valley City, :56.
Quarterfinals
Hall, B, pinned Hernandez, GFC, 1:12; West, FD, dec. Keck, D, 5-2; Terrill, GFC, dec. LaRocque, TM-B, 4-3; Grad, BSM, pinned Willis, WF, 4:24.

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