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Minot dominates home triangular

Magicians take down Braves 64-12; beat Velva 52-25

Robert Brewer/MDN At 113 pounds, Minot's Danny Fernandez (top) recorded a convincing 14-5 major decision win during the Magi wrestling meet against Mandan on Thursday night. He also recorded a first round pin against Velva later that night.

The Minot varsity wrestling team put an end to its four-meet losing skid in emphatic fashion on Thursday evening, dispatching the Mandan Braves and Velva Aggies by a combined margin of victory which totaled 79 points.

In the first meet of the night, Minot won all but two individual matches. At 113 pounds, Danny Fernandez notched a 14-5 major decision victory to start things off in favor of the Magi. Then at 120 pounds, freshman Tyler Nelson registered a two-point takedown in overtime to earn a 8-6 decision.

Victor Garcia (132) and Paden Combs (138) each recorded pins to further pad Minot’s lead. At 160, Max Cunningham also won by way of fall, pinning Mandan’s Brenden Palmer at the 3:09 mark. Then at 195 pounds, it was Minot’s Zach Hughbanks who amassed a 5-0 lead over Brenden Hust before recording another pin for the Magicians.

Two of Minot’s most impressive pins came from Kaden Turnbow (220) and Kade Marker (106). Marker needed just 41 seconds to secure the win against Mandan’s Revin Davenport, and it took only 28 seconds for Turnbow to dispatch Blake Opp.

In the next matchup against Velva, Minot jumped out to an 18-0 lead to start things out. From that point, Deandre Maldanado (145) notched a 12-4 major decision win to push the Magi lead to 22-4. At 152 pounds, Minot’s Kyler Byer pinned Velva’s Lucas Seibuhr to earn six more points for the Magicians.

Meanwhile, Cunningham, DeJarius Jones and Chase Burke all recorded pins to further boost the Minot lead. Despite losing the match, Velva finished strong as Bryce Selzer defeated Minot’s Zach Hughbanks by way of fall at 185, and Jerimiah Jespersen (220) earned a narrow 5-2 decision over Turnbow. The last big highlight for Velva came at 106 as Colin Dean overcame a 13-0 deficit to pin Minot’s Kade Marker with 16 seconds left in the match.

Now 5-5 on the year, the Magicians plan to host Jamestown in a dual showdown on Friday evening. Scheduled start time for that competition is slated for 7 p.m.

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