Bishop Ryan’s Will, Beeter, Harris each earn semifinals nod
FARGO — The “big three” for Bishop Ryan showed up in full force Thursday.
Lion wrestlers Kersey Harris, Konner Beeter and Jordan Will all pinned anyone in their path on their way to the North Dakota Class B semifinals at the state tournament at the Fargodome.
“All of those guys looked really good, with six pins in six matches, so I’m really happy with that,” Ryan coach Steve Lipp said. “Some of our other guys had tough matches and were underseeded. I thought they wrestled well, they just didn’t have enough to make the semifinals.”
Harris, a 106-pound freshman, took down Larimore’s Robert Norman in the first round then Harvey-Wells County’s Isaac Felchle in the quarterfinals.
“I was feeling pretty fresh,” Harris said. “You have to just be solid on top, have to get that first takedown and hope you can get into a position to score from there.”
Meanwhile, Will completely dominated the first two rounds of the 220-pound bracket. The future Minot State wrestler pinned Grafton’s Triston Lopez in 28 seconds, then did the same to Velva’s Kutter Blumhagen in 37 seconds.
Beeter won his first match by major decision, 11-2, over Hillsboro/Central Valley’s Grant Skager at the 152-pound weight class. In the quarterfinals, Beeter defeated Napoleon’s Nathan Weigel by fall.
After the first day, Bishop Ryan sits in eighth place with 36 points. Carrington and Hettinger-Scranton are in a tie for first with 60.5 points.
Meanwhile, Conner Ledoux won his first match at 113 over Bowman County’s Jacoby Mattern 8-6, then lost a major decision to Beulah-Hazen’s Jeremy Leintz, 14-4.
At 160, No. 5 seed Cole Dauphinais won his first match 9-8 in overtime, but fell 5-0 to Lisbon’s Dalton Reinke in the quarterfinals.
Murphy Lipp was defeated in the first round by New Salem-Almont’s Josh Irwin in the 132-pound weight class and Kaleb Beeter dropped a heartbreaking 6-5 decision to Kindred’s Easton Ogren in the opening round of 138.
JJ Johnannsen was beaten 18-6 in his opening round of 170 and Corbin Okeson was pinned in his first match at 182. Jaxon Lundeen also was pinned the first individual match he wrestled at 195 and Keegan Henjum lost a 6-0 decision to Oakes’ Jarod Roth at 285.
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