Sports Briefs

Magicians swim to WDA crown

MANDAN – The Minot High boys swimming and diving team edged Century by 19 points to win the West Region meet Saturday at the Mandan Aquatics Center.

The Magicians won all three relays and four individual events to finish with 542 points. The Patriots placed second with 523 points.

Minot’s Justin Kovich won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.91 seconds and broke the 100 freestyle record with a time of 47.99. Kovich’s time topped the old record of 48.07 set by Mandan’s Dan Little in 2000.

Gerald Brown won the 50 backstroke by more than three seconds over Williston’s Ryan Hellen. Ethan Bahl claimed the 100 breaststroke in 59.94. The Magicians won the final four events

Minot’s Bahl, Brown, Patrick Drouin, Chris Edmonds, Jeremy Evans, Kailan Horne, Justin Kovich, Kevin McGlaughlin and Ryan Swartwout were named all-region. Minot coach Jake Solper was honored as a co-coach of the year.

Paasch finishes sixth at regional

EDMUND, Okla. – Freshman Tiger Paasch was one win away from becoming the first Minot State wrestler to qualify for the NCAA Division national tournament, but forfeited his final match due to a lower-body injury suffered during the bout.

The 174-pound Paasch opened the second day of the NCAA Division II Super Region Three tournament with a 13-7 decision over Colton Gallo of Central Oklahoma. He lost his second match as Minnesota State-Moorhead’s Connor Monk pinned Paasch in 5:11.

Despite having to bow out of the fifth-place match, Paasch still became the first placer in Beaver history and finished the tournament 3-3.

“Josh lost to two returning All-Americans so all in all we actually had a pretty good tournament for him,” MSU coach Robin Ersland said in a press release. “We didn’t win as many matches as we wanted to or get place winners in the spots we wanted, but overall it was a good tournament and a good experience for the guys and I’m hoping it’s something we can use to build on in the future.”

Paasch wasn’t the only MSU wrestler fighting for a spot at the podium. But junior Joshua Douglas (133 pounds) lost a 7-4 decision to UCO’s Casy Rowell in his first match of the day to end his tournament.

– Daily News Staff

MSU track teams place 10th at NSIC meet

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Minot State junior Sienna Daily captured the track and field program’s first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference event title, winning the 400-meter dash on Saturday at the NSIC Indoor championships.

The women’s team tallied 22 points and finished 10th – a 21-point improvement from last year.

MSU junior Tyler Flatland placed second in the 400, notching eight of the men’s 20 points, which placed them 10th as well.

-Daily News Staff