Solid opening round: Dickinson leads Classic after 1st day with 115 points

After the first day of the Dickinson Classic, the Dickinson High wrestling team doesn't have many complaints. The big reason is the Midgets have seven wrestlers in the semifinals and are sitting at the top of the standings with 115 points. Dickin...

Michael Cherwinski
Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson High senior Michael Cherwinski, top, pins Jon Lemon of Hardin (Mont.) at 145 pounds in the quarterfinals of the Dickinson Classic on Friday at DHS gymnasium.

After the first day of the Dickinson Classic, the Dickinson High wrestling team doesn’t have many complaints.
The big reason is the Midgets have seven wrestlers in the semifinals and are sitting at the top of the standings with 115 points.
Dickinson head coach Adam Orton said the team transferred its energy from the West Region dual win against Williston on Thursday to the first day of the Dickinson Classic on Friday.
“They definitely started out well today,” Orton said. “We got a bunch in the semis and a lot of kids that have a good chance to come back in the wrestlebacks. We got a good chance of winning it.”
Though the Midgets have seven wrestlers headed to the semifinals, only one can’t score team points -Caden Haugen at 120 pounds. The freshman is wrestling unattached and has wins over Brandon Blumhagen of Custer County (Mont.) and Trey Sokoloski of Dawson County (Mont.).
Haugen’s match in the semifinals is against Dickinson’s Jaret Lee. The sophomore has scored 14 team points receiving a first-round bye and pinning Williston’s Roy Isom in two minutes.
“It’s not the greatest feeling that we have to wrestle against each other,” Lee said of the semifinal match. “If we were on the other side of the bracket and it was in the finals, it would be better. It’s pretty much going to be like the wrestling room, because we wrestle against each other every day in practice.”
The five other Dickinson wrestler which qualified for the semifinals are Austin Hutzenbiler (113), Devin Berger (132), Michael Cherwinski (145), Clayton Tangen (152) and Justin Meyer (182). The lowest place the seven semifinalists can finish is in sixth.
Hutzenbiler and Cherwinski said the team came out and performed extremely well.
“Winning that dual was really a confidence booster coming in the tournament,” said Hutzenbiler, who is ranked No. 2 at 113 pounds. “The guys looked pretty tough.”
Cherwinski added: “After having last week off, we were all just excited to come out and wrestle. We all felt pretty good and we all wrestle really well.”
The Midgets also have five wrestlers, which are still alive scoring points in the tournament. Dual Keck (heavyweight) and Sterling Quintanilla (195) can place as high as third and as low as sixth. Chris Sickler (220), Raphael Lopez (170) and Thomas Irwin (138) have the ability to place as high as third and as low as eighth.
For Killdeer, the team has all six varsity wrestlers alive after the first day. The Cowboys also have three semifinalists - including Derek Tabor (145), Dillan Jepson (160) and David Dukart (195). Killdeer is in ninth with 60 points.
“We’ve have been doing really well and working really hard in practice,” said Jepson, who is a freshman. “(Head coach) Shane (Olson) has been pushing us to get better at moves and focus on our moves.”
Entering this season, the Cowboys returned multiple wrestlers with state tournament experience.
Killdeer head coach Shane Olson said it has been a plus to have wrestlers with state experience as underclassmen. The Cowboys only have one senior - Dukart - and one junior Tanner Rohde. The rest are sophomores and freshmen.
“Those freshmen and sophomores have been wrestling for two or three years on varsity, so they are coming along pretty well,” Olson said. “With that experience, they are starting to wrestle really well for as young as they are.”
Though the first day treated Killdeer and Dickinson well, the teams want to continue focus into the second day of the tournament beginning at 9 a.m. today.
“(The message after the first day of the tournament) was congratulatory, but we can’t get cocky or anything,” Orton said. “We have to be ready and focus for (today).”
Olson added: “None of our kids are beat out yet, so we have three in the wrestlebacks and three in the semifinals.”

Team scores: Dickinson 115, Bismarck High 83, Fargo South 74.5, Stanley-Powers Lake-Tioga-Rya 74.5, Watford City 73, Bismarck St. Mary’s 71, Mandan 69.5, Minot 68, Killdeer 60, Hardin (Mont.) 57, Williston 55.5, Lemmon (S.D.) 43.5, Dawson County (Mont.) 40, Belle Fourche (S.D.) 23, Circle (Mont.) 13.5, Custer County (Mont.) 9.
First round: Muhitira Augustine, FS, pin. Trevor Harstad, SPLT, 4:38. Parker Nein, Bismarck, inj. Travis Kinn, DC, 2:59. Brody Armstrong, Minot, pin. Todd Irwin, Dickinson, 1:36. Consolation second round: Augustine pin. Irwin, 1:57. Cody Tupper, BF, by forfeit Kinn. Ethan Schaff, Custer, pin. Harstad, 3:59. Quarterfinals: Ryan Zachmeier, Mandan, tech. fall Augustine, 18-1. Matthew Leier, Minot, dec. Tupper, 9-6. Nein dec. Austin Luther, Williston, 11-5. Armstrong pin. Schaff, 3:26.
First round: Gaige Reep, SPLT, pin. Tel Montgomery, BF, 1:32. Jaksen Perrin, Bismarck, pin. Jonathan Fraase, FS, 4:00. Patrick Farrell, Williston, pin. Peyton Negethon, CC, :28. Consolation second round: Reep pin. Negethon, 2:24. Fraase pin. Cameron Fladland, Circle, :58. Farrell pin. Montgomery, :39. Quarterfinals: Austin Hutzenbiler, Dickinson, pin. Reep, 2:30. Casey Loeks, SM, pin. Fladland, 4:01. Perrin maj. dec. Brandt Ackerman, DC, 10-2. Dirk Wolf, Lemmon, tech. fall Farrell, 15-0.
First round: Roy Isom, Williston, pin. DJ Barth, Bismarck, 4:37. Caden Haugen, unattached, pin. Brandon Blumhagen, CC, 1:25. Jade Hepper, WC, pin. Abdi Khaman, FS, 3:48. Consolation second round: Barth dec. Corey Hockenbary, BF, 12-9. Matthew Schafner, SM, pin. Blumhagen, 1:24. Khaman pin. Isom, 1:47. Quarterfinals: Jaret Lee, Dickinson, pin. Isom, 2:00. Haugen dec. Trey Sokoloski, DC, 8-2. Tyler Stranberg, Minot, dec. Schafner, 12-11. Hepper tech. fall Hockenbary, 16-0.
First round: Jaden Iverson, SPLT, dec. Chandler Metcalf, Hardin, 13-10. Logan Gumke, WC, pin. Brian Rodriguez, Dickinson, 4:00. Brandon Zachmeier, Mandan, pin. Mike Ryan, BF, 1:45. Consolation second round: Metcalf pin. Aiden Schuh, Bismarck, 4:13. Cole Dukart, Killdeer, dec. Rodriguez, 10-4. Devin Stein, Minot, pin. Ryan, 1:53. Quarterfinals: Tate Barnhardt, SM, pin. Stein, 1:21. Iverson dec. Dukart, 6-2. Gumke dec. Schuh, 2-0. Zachmeier pin. Babu Kiromba, FS, 2:15.
First round: Tanner Rohde, Killdeer, maj. dec. Carson Mosser, Minot, 11-3. Consolation second round: Mosser dec. Collin Grumann, SM, 7-0. Quarterfinals: Dillon Tennant, DC, pin. Riley Johnson, Bismarck, :47. Brady Ladwig, SPLT, pin. Rohde, 1:40. Rashidi Kikopa, FS, pin. Grumann, 2:25. Devin Berger, Dickinson, pin. Hayden Rossol, Williston, 1:00.
First round: Rico Stormer, Circle, pin. Raif Horswill, Williston, 1:05. Bryant Dorn, Hardin, dec. Justin Herz, unattached, 8-1. David Arthur, Killdeer, pin. Austin Huck, SM, 5:40. Consolation second round: Arthur pin. Horswill, 3:00. Ethan Benham, Minot, maj. dec. Herz, 16-4. Thomas Irwin, Dickinson, by forfeit Huck. Quarterfinals: Stormer tech. fall Irwin, 16-0. Clay Jorgenson, WC, tech. fall Benham, 15-0. Taylor Tupper, BF, pin. Dorn, 5:02. Patrick Wilson, Lemmon, dec. Arthur, 5-2.
First round: Dane Fischer, SM, pin. Brady Bieber, Bismarck, 3:14. Augustus Siaway, FS, dec. Isaac Fleck, Mandan, 5-3. Derek Tabor, Killdeer, pin. Bailey Lawrence, BF, 1:12. Consolation second round: Creighton Rudolph, Minot, dec. Bieber, 10-6. Jon Lemon, Hardin, pin. Fleck, 2:26. Patrick Toyne, unattached, pin. Lawrence, 3:27. Quarterfinals: Fischer pin. Toyne, 1:47. Coleton Jore, WC, pin. Siaway, 2:50. Michael Cherwinski, Dickinson, pin. Lemon, 4:40. Tabor pin. Rudolph, 4:51.
First round: Chandler Meiers, SPLT, pin. Jason Moore, Mandan, 1:08. Rowan Horswill, Williston, maj. dec. Quincy Stormer, Circle, 15-2. Consolation second round: Moore dec. Tyler Thompson, Minot, 7-0. Matthew Rabe, Minot, pin. Stormer, 1:50. Quarterfinals: Shawn Purcell, Hardin, pin. Gavin Symonds, BF, :46. Meiers tech. fall Rabe, 15-0. Horswill maj. dec. Thompson, 12-2. Clayton Tangen, Dickinson, pin. Tyler Deitemeyer, FS, 1:06.
Quarterfinals: Dillan Jepson, Killdeer, pin. Tibbs Moore, SPLT, 1:06. Samuel Ravnass, Mandan, pin. Bryan Brush, CC, 2:30.
First round: Rafael Lopez, Dickinson, pin. Stephen Riordan, Minot, 2:01. Jake Sanders, Bismarck, pin. Derek Frantsvog, Minot, 1:59. Logan Rhode, FS, pin. Michael Lambert, Minot, 5:37. Consolation second round: Tyler Kutzler, DC, pin. Riordan, 2:25. Lopez pin. Frantsvog, 3:54. Royce Horswill, Williston, dec. Lambert, 4-3. Quarterfinals: Keegan Thompson, WC, pin. Horswill, 1:16. Casey Fredericks, Hardin, pin. Lopez, 3:49. Sanders, pin. Kutzler, 4:28. Rhode, pin. Jacob Dillman, Mandan, 3:11.
Quarterfinals: Justin Bergquist, Bismarck, pin. Connor Murdock, Hardin, 1:36. Justin Meyer, DHS, pin. Kyle Syverson, SPLT, 4:31. Justin Stewart, unattached, pin. Nathan Sandy, SM, :52. Coy Turnquist, Williston, tech. fall Parker Brekhus, FS, 17-0.
Quarterfinals: Jake Solem, FS, tech. fall, Sterling Quintanilla, Dickinson, 16-1. Taylon Tweeten, Bismarck, bye. Benaiah Simburger, Mandan, bye. David Dukart, Killdeer, dec. Evan Wahl, unattached, 4-0.
Quarterfinals: Garrett Clark, Lemmon, dec. Chris Sickler, Dickinson, 5-3. Willie Sam, Bismarck, pin. Caid Dickman, CC, 2:59. Mikael Fetch, Mandan, dec. Jaryn Rasmussen, SPLT, 8-4. Austin Braunagel, SM, bye.
Quarterfinals: Brody Peterson, Lemmon, bye. Isaiah Crowe, Minot, pin. Dual Keck, Dickinson, 2:45. Hunter Herbaugh, DC, pin. Alex Kucera, SPLT, 1:31. Jackson Grad, SM, pin. Daryl Crispin, Bismarck, bye. 1:26.

Dillan Jepson
Press Photo by Royal McGregor Killdeer freshman Dillan Jepson, left, pins Tibbs Moore of Stanley-Powers Lake-Tioga-Ray during the 160-pound quarterfinal match in the Dickinson Classic on Friday at DHS gymnasium.

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