Bismarck overpowers Minot in dual, 37-23
The Bismarck High wrestling team scored the only pins of the night Thursday, leaving Minot High dragging its feet as it fell in a dual meet at home, 37-23.
“(Bismarck High), those guys they get pins and they don’t give up pins,” Minot High head coach Justin Racine said. “On the other hand, we didn’t get any pins tonight and we gave up a few. When you get into duals like this with two good teams, that’s the difference in the match.”
The Demons made the difference with two pins on the night. Bismarck High junior Ryan Ripplinger pinned down Minot’s Chase Burke at 0:50. Their other pin came from senior Parker Wahl over Minot’s Michael Gleason at 1:25.
Minot High saw good performances from sophomore Trevon McClanahan and sophomore Jacob Carmichael.
Mclanahan outscored Bismarck’s Jaden Schmidt 12-4 for a major decision. Mclanahan was able to make some good moves throughout the first and third rounds, scoring with six takedowns, but couldn’t deliver the fall.
“Trevon Mclanahan wrestled really well, he’s going up a really good guy, a guy that took second last year at state. To major him and to just dominate the whole match was good to see for Trevon,” Racine said.
Carmichael was able to score big against Bismarck’s Jordan Schumacher in a major decision, 17-6. While Carmichael earned a majority of his points through takedowns, he had a few near-falls but ultimately couldn’t pin Schumacher for good. Schumacher scored from an escape, and earned the rest from penalties at the hands of Carmichael.
The Magi earned the rest of their 23 points from three decisions and one forfeit.
Minot’s Kelby Armstrong started off the dual against Bismarck’s Brock Fettig. Armstrong scored the first takedown, and ultimately held control throughout the match. Fettig, however, was able to score a takedown toward the end of the third round, but Armstrong came out on top in a 7-3 decision.
Brody Armstrong earned the second decision match for the Magi over Bismarck’s Adam DeBoer in a close 3-0 decision. Armstrong was only able to land one takedown in the first round. Though this match was close, Bismarck High head coach Jeff Schumacher would have liked to see a 2-1 decision or even a win.
“We expected to have our wins where we won, but we were kind of hoping maybe we could have an upset or two in a couple weight classes or a better opportunity than what we did,” he said.
Schumacher expressed the team will wrestle well during practice and sometimes won’t translate that to the mat. Though frustrating, he was thankful for the big win over Minot.
“We got a big win tonight against Swartwout. Swartwout is tough, he’s a very good wrestler and we wrestled real hard in some weight classes that I think we were somewhat overmatched,” he said.
The big win from Minot’s Hunter Swartwout came from Bismarck junior Chase Dockter. Dockter fought to dominate Swartwout and came out with a 8-3 decision.
Schumacher said that the best wrestling for Bismarck came from Dockter in that 220-pound match-up because he had the toughest kid.
“I would give (Dockter) a pat on the back the most of them all because I thought he did the best tonight,” Schumacher said.
Schumacher credited the win to the fact that the team was able to jockey people around the lineup and set the best kids forward for their chance to win.
Racine would have liked to see his team more aggressive up top, really dominating matches and, most of all, landing some pins.
“Our success last year came from (pins),” Racine said.“We gotta find that, we got to be more aggressive on top and try to take guys to their backs more often.”
Putting this loss behind them, Minot High faces another challenge as they take on Mandan in a dual Thursday. The dual begins at 7 p.m. at Magic City Campus.