The Minot High School wrestling team won its second home dual in a row after facing Dickinson Thursday at Magic City Campus. The Magi were victorious 47-22, with each team earning pins on the night and grinding out some close matches.
“I think we’re wrestling pretty well,” Dickinson head coach Pete Dobitz said. “We’re right on the edge there of two, three of those matches tonight. A break one way or the other and we come out with the win.”
The dual started in Dickinson’s favor, earning a major decision from Brendan Johnson over Minot’s Chase Burke.
Johnson landed several takedowns, and while Burke almost had a takedown here and there, couldn’t compete and fell to a final score of 11-3.
Up next was two-time defending state champion Brody Armstrong at 132-pounds for the Magi. Armstrong won in a decision with a final of 10-4 over Dickinson’s Koletan Hafey. Armstrong landed five takedowns, with Hafey escaping to earn his points. Hafey was unable to come near to taking down Armstrong.
Armstrong’s win over Hafey made him the most winningest wrestler in Minot High history.
Minot sophomore Trevon McClanahan had a close match with Dickinson’s Tod Irwin, but was able to come out with a 3-2 decision and earn three points for the Magicians.
Dickinson’s Matt Meschke at 145-pounds was able to dominate Minot’s Carter Peterson. Meschke controlled the first round, landing four takedowns and one near-fall. Peterson, fighting to stay in it, couldn’t hang on into the second round. Meschke pinned Peterson at 3:35.
Minot’s Jacob Mortensen had a tough time landing any moves on Dickinson’s Tate Norby. Over the course of the three rounds, each wrestler had only earned a single point from escapes.
The pair went into a one minute overtime, where Mortensen was able to land a takedown and win 6-1.
“Tate Norby, even though he lost to Jacob Mortensen, I thought he wrestled a real smart, real solid match. I really like what he did,” Dobitz said.
Caleb Usher at 160 for the Midgets was able to overpower Minot’s Luke Nathe in the second round. Usher had a takedown and a near-fall in the first round, and was able to finish it up in the second. Usher pinned Nathe at 3:11.
Jacob Carmichael, a sophomore for the Magi, continued to show his growth and talent Thursday against Dickinson’s Tanner Jarrett at 170-pounds. Carmichael had a takedown and near-fall in the first round, but couldn’t seem to pin Jarrett.
Carmichael was called for hands to the face, but MHS coach Justin Racine and Dobitz both talked to the official and agreed that each wrestler was just working to make a pass on the other.
Carmichael landed another big takedown in the third round to finish with a decision at 8-6.
“(Carmichael) was setting up his shots and pounding on the head, which is a wrestling move, and he kind of thought we raked the eyes so we discussed it and got the right call,” Racine said.
Racine commends Carmichael on stepping up and playing a bigger role on the team. Each time he steps on the mat, Racine and the team sees him getting better and better.
“Right now we just gotta work on finishing matches,” he said. “He starts the match really strong, but we gotta start finishing them stronger than we have been.”
Carmichael felt satisfied with his performance, doing what he needed to do to win the match, but he wasn’t always confident in his abilities.
“At first I was scared, I wasn’t very good,” Carmichael said about stepping up and playing a bigger role on the team. “I ended up stepping up and now I’m here where I am now, winning matches for my team.”
Dickinson’s final win came from Kameron Clark with a pin over Minot’s Jorge Talamantes in the first round. Talamantes was pinned at 1:43.
Minot’s Preston Jones, Wyatt Willenbring, Elijah Huff and Samuel Goodman were all able to pin their Dickinson opponents in the first round.
“I thought Preston Jones at 195 went out there and was aggressive and wrestled hard,” Racine said. “We had a lot of guys that went out there and really took it to them.”
Kelby Armstrong, a sophomore at Minot High, earned the technical finish win over Dickinson’s Henry Nelson, 20-5. Armstrong landed numerous takedowns and scored two near-falls in the victory. The match ended at 5:40.
Overall, each coach was satisfied with their wrestlers’ performances, saying that the closeness in a lot of the matches was good to see as the season comes close to the end.
Minot High heads to Bismarck today to take on Legacy at 7 p.m.