Magi wrestling rebounds after initial loss, finishes strong at Fargo Duals
FARGO — After the Minot High School wrestling team matched up against some unfamiliar opponents over the weekend, the squad proved why it has enjoyed success this season.
The Magicians (14-2, 7-1 WDA) finished 4-1 at the two-day Fargo Duals competition. Friday’s action kicked off at West Fargo High School.
“It’s good to be in those competitive duals like that for the state tournament,” Minot head coach Justin Racine said.
Minnewaska Area (Minn.) defeated the Magi 34-24 in a close opening-round dual. Minot wrestlers Kelby Armstrong, David Schulze, Trevon McClanahan, Chase Burke and Jacob Carmichael racked up wins in non-forfeited matches.
Armstrong captured a 16-1 technical fall victory over Caden Koziol in the 132-pound weight class contest. Schulze followed with a 13-3 major decision over Chase Boelke at 138.
At 145, McClanahan earned a 7-1 decision over Mason Blair. Burke won the battle at 160, taking a 6-1 decision over Ryan VanLuik.
Carmichael captured an 11-6 decision over Nathan Rankin at 195.
In Friday’s second match, Minot won a 51-26 decision over host West Fargo. Zachary Imler kicked off the match with a win, pinning Sierra Ramberg in 3:51.
Armstrong won his second match at 132, pinning Amir Murad in 2:36. McClanahan defeated Declan Genova at 145.
Carter Peterson made a statement at 152. Peterson’s 11-3 major decision victory over Yaser Hussaini gave the Magi momentum.
Burke kept his winning streak alive at 160, pinning Logan Moore in 1:10. Isaac Fernandez earned a 2:42 fall over Ethan Jerome at 182.
Carmichael pinned Jacob Bild in 3:07 at 195, and Preston Jones followed by pinning Ben Anderson in 3:25.
Gabe Mortensen capped off the day with a victory over Lindsey Anderson at 106. Mortensen pinned Anderson in 1:07.
The Magi posted a clean sweep in Saturday’s action. First, Minot defeated Moorhead (Minn.) 65-8.
“We got the ball rolling,” Racine said. “We kept on going all day. Overall, we wrestled really well.”
After two forfeit victories, Victor Garcia captured a 5-3 decision over Xander Risdal at 126. Armstrong followed with a forfeit win.
David Schulze earned a 16-0 technical fall over Ian Mohler at 138. McClanahan followed with a swift 1:08 fall over Abraham Dimo at 145.
Peterson kept rolling with a 12-4 major decision victory over Haakon Peterson at 152. Burke won his third match of the weekend at 160, pinning Micah Pemble in 1:26.
Minot closed out the dual with four consecutive wins. Fernandez pinned Landon Berry in 2:53 at 182, and Carmichael snagged a 16-1 technical fall decision over Landon Berry at 195.
Not to be outdone, Jones earned Minot’s quickest pin of the match. Jones pinned Jonathan Pitura in just 0:59 at 220, and Asher Woods followed by pinning Cody Lugo in 1:54.
The number 65 proved to be a lucky one for Minot, as the Magi earned a 65-12 victory over Fargo Davies in the next dual.
After a forfeit victory, Tyler Nelson pinned Malachi Werremeyer in 1:15 at 113. At 120, Stephen Schulze pinned Sajan Guring in 0:38.
Garcia followed up by pinning Saykor Youngkendeh in 0:50 at 126. Armstrong won another convincing match at 132, pinning Faris Omar in 1:10.
David Schulze pinned David Arop in 2:20 at 138. McClanahan pushed ahead at 145, pinning Ryan Barth in 1:42.
Peterson gave the Magi another boost with his 15-8 decision over Landon Allex at 152. Burke earned a 9-0 major decision victory over Ty Weber at 160.
Xylis Holter battled with Abdulmuhaimn Al-Janabi at 170, but eventually pinned his opponent in 4:58. Carmichael earned an 11-1 major decision over Rylen Reid at 195.
Woods finished off the dual with a fall at 285. Minot’s heavyweight pinned Caleb Sjosdrom in 1:53.
Nine of Minot’s individual victories over Fargo South came via forfeit. The Magi locked up a 78-6 victory over the Bruins.
Mortensen pinned Nathan Hokstad in 45 seconds at 106. After eight consecutive forfeits, Holter pinned Conner Moraghan in 1:54 at 170.
Fernandez followed with a quick pin over Jameson Messmer at 182, finishing the job in just 11 seconds. After the final forfeit, Jones captured a victory at 220 by way of his 1:30 fall over Benjamin Dahl.
The Magi will travel to Bismarck Legacy (9-5, 4-3 WDA) for their next dual. That contest will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
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