Three Dickinson High Midgets wrestling seniors place in top four
FARGO -- The Dickinson High wrestling team had three seniors place in the top four of their weights Saturday in the final day of Class A individual competition at the state wrestling tournament at the Fargodome. The Midgets amassed 111.5 team poi...
FARGO - The Dickinson High wrestling team had three seniors place in the top four of their weights Saturday in the final day of Class A individual competition at the state wrestling tournament at the Fargodome.
The Midgets amassed 111.5 team points in the individual competition, the sixth-most among Class A teams.
The day was highlighted by senior Jaret Lee taking third place at 152 pounds, earning a 16-2 major decision over West Fargo’s Cade Peterson.
“It’s nice just to finish (my career) with a win, especially by that margin,” Lee said. “(Peterson) thought he was better than me so I had to prove it back.”
Senior heavyweight Dual Keck lost his third-place match to take fourth, and senior 170-pounder Rafael Lopez also placed fourth.
Trailing 3-1 against Jacob West of Fargo Davies, Keck was close to registering a takedown, but West scooted away and held on to what would eventually become a 5-2 decision.
“I wrestled the hardest I could and beyond what I could do,” Keck said. “I thought I had him. … I’m proud of (fourth) still because I’m a fourth-year wrestler, and it doesn’t happen that often that you get two state places. I’m very proud of that.”
Senior Justin Meyer also ends his career with a victory as he won his fifth-place match at 195 pounds - a 3-1 decision over Charles Weber from West Fargo Sheyenne.
“My high school career has been up and down the past few years, so it’s nice to end on a positive note,” Meyer said. “Last year, going into the third day, I thought I might have been able to get fifth or sixth, and a few kids caught me, and I got thrown down all the way to eighth, so it was good to accomplish my goal from last year still.”
Senior Brian Rodriguez suffered a pin in 3 minutes, 16 seconds against Alex Scaare of Fargo Davies to take sixth place at 138 pounds.
Despite only moving to the United States before his sophomore year, Rodriguez has placed at the state tournament twice. His sixth-place finish this season improves on his eight-place finish as a sophomore.
“I feel really proud. It feels great that I placed again,” Rodriguez said. “It’s an experience I’ll never forget.”
Making his first trip to the state tournament, freshman Brendan Johnson left with seventh place at 113 pounds by defeating Wahpeton sophomore Hunter Berg 7-2.
“It feels good knowing I took seventh as a freshman, knowing I still have three more years to try to get back and place higher,” Johnson said.
Freshman Jaren Berger also took eighth at 106 pounds.
“I know they (Johnson and Berger), in their minds, they’re going to think only seventh and eighth,” Dobitz said, “but as a freshman, that’s pretty good. That’s getting your feet wet at a state tournament, at a big tournament, so they can only hope to do things better from here on out.”
Junior Caden Haugen returned from a year off due to injury to place sixth at 160 pounds and junior Tom Irwin finished in seventh place at 145 pounds.
Class A state wrestling results
Bismarck 219, West Fargo 173.5, Bismarck Century 169, Minot 143.5, Wahpeton 122, Dickinson 111.5, Williston 111, Mandan 110, Fargo Davies 108, Valley City 99, Fargo South 73, Bismarck St. Mary’s 58, Jamestown 55, Grand Forks Red River 54, Grand Forks Central 44, Turtle Mountain 38.5, Bismarck Legacy 36, West Fargo Sheyenne 21, Devils Lake 7, Fargo North 3.
Championship: Harms, West Fargo, pinned Steidler, St. Mary’s, :39.
Third place: Kaseman, Bismarck, dec. Mosbrucker, Mandan, 5-0.
Fifth place: Kleinknecht, Mandan, pinned Barnhardt, St. Mary’s, 2:14.
Seventh place: Eli, Turtle Mountain, dec. Berger, Dickinson, 12-5.
Championship: Ripplinger, Bismarck, dec. Fleck, Century, 5-1.
Third place: Coleman, Century, dec. Fleck, Mandan, 5-4.
Fifth place: Braun, Jamestown, pinned, Larson, Valley City, 3:09.
Seventh place: Johnson, Dickinson, dec. Berg, Wahpeton, 7-2.
Championship: Armstrong, Minot, dec. Fraase, South, 7-0.
Third place: Balboa, GFC, dec. DeBoer, Bismarck, 12-9.
Fifth place: Loeks, St. Mary’s, won by forfeit over Berger, Mandan.
Seventh place: Mohr, Davies, dec. Undem, Valley City, 6-0.
Championship: Spaulding, Bismarck, dec. Leier, Minot, 11-4.
Third place: Wiek, Wahpeton, tech. fall Mairs, Davies, 15-0.
Fifth place: Luther, Williston, pinned Reisenauer, Mandan, 2:00.
Seventh place: Rader, Century, dec. Bjork, Valley City, 2-1.
Championship: Schulz, Century, dec. Ashline, Valley City, 12-4.
Third place: Zerr, Turtle Mountain, dec. Strandberg, Minot, 1-0.
Fifth place: Nein, Bismarck, dec. Perrin, Bismarck, 1-0.
Seventh place: Isom, Williston, pinned Vilandre, Devils Lake, 1:27.
Championship: Franek, West Fargo, pinned Kikopa, South, 2:24.
Third place: LeNoue, Wahpeton, pinned Stiedler, Bismarck, 2:56.
Fifth place: Skaare, Davies, pinned Rodriguez, Dickinson, 3:16.
Seventh place: Schaffner, St. Mary’s, dec. Pajimula, Century, 7-1.
Championship: Nein, Bismarck, tech. fall Franek, West Fargo, 18-2.
Third place: Meyer, Wahpeton, pinned Horswill, Williston, 2:17.
Fifth place: Erlandson, Valley City, pinned Bondeson, Century, :58.
Seventh place: Irwin, Dickinson, dec. Messmer, Legacy, 7-3.
Championship: Burnside, Davies, dec. Rudolph, Minot, 7-4.
Third place: Lee, Dickinson, dec. Pederson, West Fargo, 16-2.
Fifth place: Browning, Jamestown, dec. Wahl, Bismarck, 9-7.
Seventh place: Norton, Williston, pinned Wiek, Wahpeton, 2:06.
Championship: Mewes, Jamestown, pinned Deike, Wahpeton, 5:47.
Third place: Rants, Century, dec. Larimer, GFRR, 8-7.
Fifth place: Siaway, South, dec. Haugen, Dickinson, 3-1.
Seventh place: Horswill, Williston, dec. Bieber, Bismarck, 9-1.
Championship: Spilman, Mandan, dec. Rader, Century, 6-1.
Third place: Rabe, Minot, dec. Lopez, Dickinson, 5-4.
Fifth place: Bjugstad, Wahpeton, dec. Johnson, Davies, 11-2.
Seventh place: Perez, Williston, pinned Farmer, Sheyenne, 2:31.
Championship: Shearer, West Fargo, pinned Turnquist, Williston, 1:23.
Third place: Kaylor, Legacy, pinned Werre, Century, 2:56.
Fifth place: Boehm, Mandan, won by forfeit over Bergquist, Bismarck.
Seventh place: Goulet, GFRR, dec. Isler, GFC, 4-2.
Championship: Teiken, West Fargo, dec. Sanders, Bismarck, 3-2.
Third place: Fleck, Mandan, dec. Brown, St. Mary’s, 6-5.
Fifth place: Meyer, Dickinson, dec. Weber, Sheyenne, 3-1.
Seventh place: Oestern, Valley City, dec. Jones, Minot, 4-3.
Championship: Magnuson, Valley City, dec. Hall, Bismarck, 3-0.
Third place: Swartwout, Minot, pinned Goulet, GFRR, 2:40.
Fifth place: Terrill, GFC, won by forfeit over Evans, Williston.
Seventh place: Walter, Century, pinned Baguma, Davies, 1:50.
Championship: Metz, West Fargo, dec. Braun, Century, 13-4.
Third place: West, Davies, dec. Keck, Dickinson, 5-2.
Fifth place: Buelow, GFRR, pinned Huff, Minot, 1:34.
Seventh place: Fraase, South, pinned Hientz, Bismarck, :38.