Posted 1/26/11 (Wed)
The Watford City wrestling Wolves had a busy schedule this past week as they took on Beulah in dual action on Thursday, and then hosted the Levi Wisness Classic on Saturday.
This week, the Wolves will host the No. 3 team in Region 4, the Hettinger Black Devils, in a dual meet on Thursday. This match is extremely important as the winner will most likely be one of the two teams in the State Class B Dual Tournament in Fargo next month. Watford City has beaten Killdeer, and Killdeer beat Hettinger last week. If Watford City wins this dual, they would only have to beat New Salem in February to be the No. 1 seed in the State Tournament from Region 4. Their state opponent has yet to be determined.
Hettinger’s lineup has been changed quite a bit this season, so it is not set in stone. They do have the No. 1 140-pounder in the state in Sean Elkins. He has lost only twice, both to out-of-state wrestlers, and he defeated Jake Thomas earlier this season. That rematch could be worth the price of admission. Other key matches in the dual will be Chauncy Hughes and Coleton Jore at 103 pounds, Codi Tomac and Isaac Laris at 119 pounds, Trevor Abrahamson and Joe Nelson at 125 pounds, Christian Hughes and Trevor Kalberer at 130 pounds, and Jeff Abrahamson and Austin Garmann at 145 pounds.
The match will start at 6:30 p.m. in the high school gym.
The Wolves will then travel to New Salem on Friday and Saturday for the 34th annual East-West Tournament. Wrestling action, which will feature 23 of the top teams from North Dakota, begins at 3 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Watford City 60, Beulah 18
Watford City got pins from Jake Thomas, Austin Garmann, Karson Knudtson and Nolan Kalberer as the Wolves defeated the Beulah Miners, 60-18, in dual action last Thursday.
The Wolves also picked up wins by decision from Clay Jorgenson and Kalin Mogen.
Individual results from the match were as follows:
103: Colten Jore pinned by Hunter Eslinger, 0:46.
112: Clay Jorgenson, decisioned Hunter Fritz, 9-3.
119: Jake Scott pinned by Alex Krebs, 4:35.
125: Joe Nelson pinned by Logan Eisenbeis, 1:17.
130: Trevor Kalberer won by forfeit.
135: Brady Lund won by forfeit.
140: Jake Thomas pinned Evan Mellmer, 0:40.
145: Austin Garmann pinned Isaac Ripplinger, 0:34.
152: Karson Knudtson pinned Sonny Herczeg, 1:19.
160: Nolan Kalberer pinned Michael Bitz, 0:47.
171: Kalin Mogen decisioned Isaiah Krebs, 8-7.
189: Branden Meuth won by forfeit.
215: Logan Fettig won by forfeit.
285: Kye Bolken won by forfeit.
Levi Wisness Classic
The Levi Wisness Classic Wrestling Tournament, formerly the Watford City FFA Tournament, was held at the W.C.H.S. gym over the week-end with eight teams taking part. With the weather and road conditions in the area, Beach and Bowman were not able to attend. Teams that were able to make it to Watford City were Velva, New Town, Stanley, Des Lacs-Burlington, Dickinson JV, and Beulah JV.
Velva had seven champions followed by Watford City with five. Dickinson JV and Des Lacs-Burlington each had one.
Champions for the Wolves were Jade Hepper at 90 pounds, Brady Lund at 135 pounds, Jake Thomas at 140 pounds, Karson Knudtson at 152 pounds, and Kalin Mogen at 171 pounds.
Finishing in second place for Watford City was Dakota Garmann at 90 pounds, Omar Laris at 95 pounds, Isaac Laris at 119 pounds, Trevor Kalberer at 130 pounds, and Branden Meuth at 189 pounds.
Third place winners for Watford City were Coleton Jore at 103 pounds, Jake Scott at 112 pounds, Joe Nelson at 125 pounds, Nolan Kalberer at 160 pounds, and Kye Bolken at 285 pounds.
Fourth place finishers were Logan Gumke at 103 pounds, Clay Jorgenson at 112 pounds, Carson Hartwig at 119 pounds, and Logan Fettig at 215 pounds.
Fifth place finishers were Lane Wold at 90 pounds and Austin Garmann at 145 pounds.
Sixth place finishers were Keegan Thompson at 140 pounds and Clay Billing at 145 pounds.