Magi wrestling nabs Top 10 at Rumble on the Red

FARGO — Eighty-five varsity teams and hundreds of wresters invaded the Fargodome for the prestigious Rumble on the Red tournament over the last two days.

Amidst the tough competition, Minot High School took 10th as a team with 104.5 points and finished as the best North Dakota school in the tournament — narrowly edging out Bismarck High (11th, 104 points).

Scott West (Minnesota) won the tournament for the fifth time in program history with 186.5 points. Willmar (Minnesota) took second with 142.5 points and Albert Lea Area (Minnesota) and Perham (Minnesota) tied for third with 135.5 points.

The Magicians had four wrestlers place in Kelby Armstrong (first), Hunter Swartwout (fourth), Brody Armstrong (seventh) and Elijah Huff (seventh).

“It’s one of the biggest tournaments in the country for high school,” MHS coach Justin Racine said. “It doesn’t sound like a lot to hear where some of these guys placed, but just to place at this tournament is no easy task. So, to come away with four guys placing and a couple guys that had really good success throughout the tournament was a positive.”

Racine pointed out that Minot sophomore Kelby Armstrong made history by being the first Magician wrestler to ever win a weight division at the tournament. Armstrong defeated New Prague (Minnesota) wrestler Nick Novak in a tight 3-2 decision in the 106-pound championship match.

“A big, big tournament. So, to win it, that’s pretty impressive,” Racine said. “He’s mentally tough. Always taking good shots and he is determined not to lose. I think that’s the biggest thing.”

Swartwout, at 220 pounds, reached the semifinals before losing his first match in the double-elimination tournament. He came back with a win in the consolation side of the bracket to reach the third-place match where he lost a 10-6 decision to Austin Rendler from Faribault (Minnesota).

Huff lost an overtime match to start his tournament, but battled back with five straight wins in the consolation side of the 285-pound bracket to eventually reach the seventh-place match. He capped his tournament with a 5-1 decision over Kaden Johnson from Aberdeen Central (South Dakota).

Brody Armstrong dropped to the consolation side of the 132-pound bracket after a 12-10 decision in the quarterfinals. He won his seventh-place match over Alex Kern from Saint Cloud Tech (Minnesota) with an 8-2 decision.

As for the Minot wrestlers that didn’t place, Corey Hooker (120), Chase Burke (120) and Trevon McClanahan (138) each won three matches. While Wyatt Willenbring (220) won two matches and Samuel Goodman (113) won a match before bowing out.

“A lot of tight matches and our guys pushed through,” Racine said. “We got a lot of good wins and we got a lot of good experience for the state tournament in February.”

The Magi return to the mat on Thursday with a road dual against Jamestown starting at 7 p.m.

MHS boys swimming and diving wins Mandan Pentathlon

MANDAN — The Minot High School boys swimming and diving team held off rivals Century, hosts Mandan and Bismarck High to capture the Mandan Pentathlon meet Friday afternoon.

The Magicians didn’t win any of the six events, but were consistent throughout to score 295 points.

Century (280 points) won five of the events.

Minot’s William Walker-Rozo placed in the Top 8 of all the swimming events with his best finish being third in the 100 butterfly. Easton Evanoff had three Top 5 placings with a second in the 100 backstroke. Griffin Schaeffer also took a second place in the 100 breastroke.

The Minot divers also crowded the leaderboard with Reece Pederson (second), Harrison Shanklin (fourth) and Mason Robertson (fifth) placing in the Top 5.

More results from the pentathlon can be found on the scoreboard page on D2.

Coming up next, the Magi have a quad dual and invitational at Fargo North next week on Friday and Saturday.

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