Lions, Miners struggle in dual losses

Chase Lee knew it would be an uphill battle against Central Cass on Thursday.

The Bishop Ryan coach saw his team take a 24-18 lead after a pin by heavyweight Mason Kramer, but watched as the Squirrels flexed their muscles by winning the next five matches, three on pins and two on technical falls.

“Central Cass has some very good kids,” Lee said. “They have six kids ranked in the top five. We knew it would be a tough matchup.”

The Region 3 champions ended the dual on a high note, as Keaton Merck beat Jeseb Mogan by 9-7 decision.

But despite the Lions winning six matches, Central Cass sealed it with bonus points, getting six pins.

“We did what we could to try to move around and get good matchups,” Lee said. “It didn’t work in our favor.”

Also winning for Ryan were Braden Kalamaha (160), Carson Schell (170), Aiden Shafer (182) and Tyler Allers (220).

In consolation bracket action today, Ryan meets Beulah-Hazen, which won just three matches against powerhouse South Border.

Tyler Erickson (13), Logan Eisenbeis (138) and Evan Mellmer (182) came away with victories for the Miners.

– Chris Aarhus

Barstad driven

by seed

Velva’s Taylor Barstad was a little confused when he found out he was seeded second at 195 pounds at the Class B state tournament.

That’s because Barstad thought he had a decent shot at first. The senior is 15-1 with his only loss coming to Napoleon’s Andrew Beine when the two matched up in the 220-pound finals at the East-West Classic in late January. Beine, who is seeded No. 1 at 220, won by 6-5 decision.

But that came at a different weight class, and Barstad is unbeaten at 195. Still, because Carrington senior Austin Schuldheisz fared better against common opponents and placed higher at state last year, Barstad was bumped to the No. 2 seed behind his Carrington counterpart.

The kicker? Barstad beat Schuldheisz 3-2 earlier this season.

“I feel like I should have gotten the No. 1 seed because I beat (him),” said Barstad, who added that he wasn’t angry or frustrated over the matter. “It makes me want to work for it more.”

Barstad, who fell to eventual state champion Cordell Schroeder in the semis last year, gave himself another chance at glory by pinning Killdeer’s David Dukart in five minutes, 11 seconds in the quarterfinals. Earlier, he beat Hettinger’s Denby Lueck by 8-1 decision in the opening round.

Barstad improved to 17-1 and faces Hillsboro-Central Valley’s Wyatt Shultz, a No. 6 seed who upset South Border’s Tanner Meidinger in the quarters.

Velva put two more in the semifinals, as senior Adam Dean (No. 4 seed, 24-2) narrowly avoided an upset in a 1-0 win over South Border’s Nash Bettenhausen. Dean goes against Lisbon top seed Dylan Urbach (41-5) in the semis. No. 1 seed Jimi Bridges (182) coasted past Oakes’ Jed Bopp by 16-0 technical fall.

– Chris Aarhus

Laducer still alive for Turtle Mountain

Five of Turtle Mountain’s wrestlers won their opening match, but just one got past his quarterfinal foe.

The Braves’ Grant Laducer will face top-ranked Jordan Shearer of West Fargo today in the 126-pound semifinals after going 2-0 on Thursday.

Laducer, who won the West Region title last week, beat Bryce Burnside of Fargo Davies 13-2 in the quarterfinal round.

West Region champion Waylon DeCoteau lost to Minot’s Demetreus Roby in the 220-pound quarterfinals. Tyler Lavallie (120), Geraldo Fox (160) and Tyson Keplin (heavyweight) also fell in that round.

The Braves are sitting in sixth in the team standings with 39 points.

– Ryan Collingwood

Bosch breaks Haugen’s record

South Border senior Blake Bosch pinned Thomas Leintz of Beulah-Hazen in 29 seconds in their state dual quarterfinal to break the all-time wins record in North Dakota previously held by Levi Haugen of Bishop Ryan.

Haugen, one of only two five-time state champions in Class B history, set the mark in 2005, finishing with 234 wins.

Bosch tied the mark in the opening round of the individual tournament and broke it during South Border’s dominant dual triumph.

– Chris Aarhus

Haaland in contention for Williston

Williston’s Alex Haaland was the lone Coyote to finish his day in the winner’s bracket.

The fifth-seeded Haaland pinned Zander Mairs of Fargo Davies to earn a spot in today’s 182-pound semifinals. He’ll face top-ranked Preston Lehmann of West Fargo.

Brent Sandberg (195) and Markus Noeske (170) won their first-round matches before falling in the quarterfinals.

Williston is in 12th place in the team standings with 26 points.

– Ryan Collingwood

Elsewhere

Top-seeds Justin Thomas (132) of Des Lacs-Burlington, Abraham Roehrich of Stanley-Powers Lake-Tioga-Ray (170) and Cordell Schroeder (285) of Carrington won their quarterfinal matches to advance to the semifinals.

Schroeder combined with Schuldheisz and 132-pounder Bryce Carr to give Carrington three in the semifinals.

Also winning was Mason Kramer, Bishop Ryan’s stout heavyweight. Kramer pinned both of his first-day opponents in exactly 54 seconds, beating Hettinger’s Brandon Ehlers and Rugby’s Alex Senger, respectively.

South Border leads the overall standings, putting six in the semis and scoring 82 points. Carrington is second with 61.5 points, while Lisbon (59.5), Central Cass (57.5) and Oakes (49) round out the top five. Central Cass also put six in the semis.

– Chris Aarhus