Lions wrestling takes first at Region 3 dual
GRENORA – The Bishop Ryan wrestling team emerged from the pack on Saturday, taking home first place at the Region 3 duals.
The Lions needed every last point in their championship dual against Velva, as they bested the Aggies by a slim margin of 38-33.
Trailing 30-26 with just three matches left, Ryan freshman Wesley Harvey gave his team a 32-30 lead with a fall against Velva’s Triton Kaercher at the 113. But the Aggies rebounded at the 132 as Velva’s Braetyn Yanish snatched back momentum with a 7-0 decision over Ryan’s Murphy Lipp.
Now trailing 33-32, Ryan turned to Jaeger Lundeen in the final 138-pound match with the title on the line.
The junior delivered by securing a fall against Velva’s Lucas Seibuhr at the 2:30 mark to give the Lions the dramatic 38-33 victory and first-place honors.
Taking home third place was Des Lacs-Burlington. After surrendering a 9-0 start to Northern Lights to begin the third-place match, the Lakers rallied to claim the 49-24 win.
DLB outscored North Lights, 37-6, on matches that were contested en route to the victory.
Magi swimming & diving dominates Century Invite
BISMARCK — After a week plagued by plunging temps and canceled practices, teams from across the state flocked to the Bismarck State College Aquatic and Wellness Center Saturday for the Century Invitational.
Minot High School dominated the meet, taking home first with a team score of 491.5. Bismarck Century took second with 353 and West Fargo placed third with 253. Rounding out the top 10 were Fargo South (170.5), Mandan (159), Jamestown (148), Moorehead (131), Williston (129), Grand Forks (114) and Fargo Davies (108).
The Magicians did not record any first-place finishes, but had multiple swimmers in the top five of each event.
In the 200-yard freestyle, Alexander King took third place with a time of 1:54.15 while Jack Wolsky took fifth with a 1:56.68.
Following the freestyle, William Walker-Rozo took third and Dominic Yoder took fifth in the 200 individual medley with times of 2:06.93 and 1:10.35 respectively.
In the diving well, Minot’s Layton King took third with a final score of 375.50. Mandan’s Johnny Mindt took first (493.40) followed by Fargo South’s Connor Johnson in second (414.45).
Senior Peyton Huss and junior Griffin Schaeffer finished back to back in the 100 butterfly. Huss finished in third with a time of 56.53 followed by Schaeffer in fourth with a 58.08.
A trio of Magi made their way to the top five of the 500 freestyle. Alexander King finished second behind Century’s Chris Birnbaum with a time of 5:14.94. Walker-Rozo took third with a 5:19.57 and Huss took fourth with a 5:19.92.
Up next, the Magicians will be back in Bismarck Thursday, Feb. 7, for a dual against Century beginning at 5 p.m.
Magi hockey defeats Dickinson, 6-2
DICKINSON – After a slow start, the Minot High School boys hockey team (7-10-0, 6-6-0 West Region) caught fire and cruised to a 6-2 win over Dickinson (12-7-0, 5-7-0 West Region) on the road Saturday.
The first goal of the day didn’t come until the second period, as the Midgets took advantage of a power play opportunity and claimed a 1-0 lead with 14 minutes on the clock.
But the Magicians responded with two goals in the following two minutes. Junior Payton Philion knotted the score with a goal off an assist from sophomore Aiden Morelli, and Morelli chipped in his own goal shortly afterwards to give Minot a 2-1 lead.
After allowing Dickinson to tie the game three minutes later, Minot went on to score another two goals in the period to take a 4-2 lead. The first was an unassisted score from junior Nicholas Murphy, and the second was another goal from Philion off the assist from Murphy.
Senior Kyler Stenberg and sophomore Gabriel Thongphet each put one past the goalie in the third period to pad Minot’s lead as the Magi claimed the 6-2 victory.
Next up for Minot is a home game against Bottineau at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Maysa Arena.
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