Minot Majettes claim WDA regular season title
On a collision course set for impact in the final week of the regular season, Legacy traveled to Minot High for a showdown between the last unbeatens in conference duals on Tuesday evening as both teams grappled for their spot at the pinnacle of the West Region girls’ wrestling mountain.
Facing off on a night dedicated to cancer awareness and the life of Linda Anderson, an avid supporter of wrestling for over 30 years in the Minot and Des Lacs communities, the Minot High Majettes (5-0 overall, 5-0 West Region) pinned down their fifth win of the season against the Legacy Sabers (5-2 overall, 5-1 West Region) for the right to claim their status as the only perfect team remaining in the WDA and clinching the West Region regular season title.
Charged by the energy of the many wrestling fanatics on-hand at the Magic City Campus, the atmosphere was electric from the get-go, with Minot High’s Ella Brown (100) notching the opening six points in the 100-lbs weight class and the first lead of the dual for the Majettes.
Battling back, consecutive pins by Legacy’s Alicia Kenfack (105) and Elizabeth Youboty (110) allowed the Sabers to claim a 12-6 advantage until Minot High’s Anya Hudson (115) captured a forfeit to knot the dual at 12-12.
Finding some magic between the 120- to 130-lbs weight classes, Majettes’ Hallie Nash (120), Kylee Yetter (125), and Payton Russell (130) orchestrated a three-pin stretch of matches for 18-straight points to build a 30-12 lead for Minot High.
However, refusing to roll over, a pin at the 135-lbs weight class and a decision in the 140-lbs match for the Sabers netted them nine points and drew the score to 30-21 before back-to-back pins by Kiera Aguiler (145) and Arianna Aguilar (150) would serve to extend the Minot High advantage to 42-21 on the scoreboard.
Adding on to their momentum, forfeit points at the 170- and 190-lbs weight classes for Sadie Richmond (170) and Lilly Nygard (190) bumped the Majettes score up 12 before a pin by Legacy’s Phoenix Lindset (250) brought the dual to a 54-27 conclusion, sealing Minot High’s victory and cementing their West Region regular season tile.
Speaking on his team’s big win and subsequent capture of the WDA regular season title, head coach Mitchell Meyer stated, “It has been physically and mentally tough for our girls coming off a busy past week of competition, but we knew to win tonight we had to overcome these obstacles and get the best effort we could at every weight class.”
Meyer continued, “Now that we have locked up the No. 1 seed in the West Region, I look forward to us having some time to watch film and practice things we need to work on and improve as we head towards state tournament action.”
In the wake of last night’s contest, both Minot High and Legacy have one remaining dual on their schedules before the start of the WDA Tournament on Feb. 10, with the Majettes hosting Williston this Thursday at 7 p.m. and Legacy traveling to Jamestown on Friday for a 7 p.m. start to action.