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Raider wrestlers victorious over Osakis Silverstreaks

The wrestlers are beginning their season, but found the weather this past week interfering with the schedule. A triangular with Osakis and Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus had to be postponed. The only place to fit all the wrestling teams was in Bertha and wrestle between the dual with United North Central. The meet with UNC was moved to 6 p.m. and the triangular began at 4:30 p.m. Opening round found the Raiders coming out strong with a 49-16 victory over a good Osakis team.

The next round of wrestling was between Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus and Osakis and BHV and UNC,who is one of the favorites to win the Park Region Conference.

The first six weights found each team dominating in half the matches. With the score tied 18-18 after the 138 pound class both teams felt comfortable about winning the dual. Both teams felt their strength was from 145 thru 285. This time the Raiders rolled out four straight victories from Holtan Truax, Ethan Kimber, Andrew Cihlar and Nick Bennett.

"Now we needed only one more victory to ensure the dual win and with wrestlers like Hayden Truax, Andy Bounds, John French, Dillon Card and Dalton Baker, we knew our second conference victory was at hand." BHV coach Steve Techam said.

PLPRB, rated tenth in Class AA, defeated Osakis 49-24.

In the final dual of the evening the Raiders took on PLPRB. The Raiders had just won the Denny Kaatz Invitational and was facing an uphill battle. The road crew had weighed in Tristin Rubner above 138. They needed to find a way to get him to wrestle 145 and then move away from him. They had to go on the mat first at 145. When the Raiders put a senior alternate wrestler on the mat, PLPRB chose to wrestle Rubner at 145.

The Raiders wanted Kimber to wrestle Rubner at 152 pounds. They then moved Nick Gravdahl (149 pounds) up to 160 to wrestle Kimber. With Kimber behind 5-0 he was pinned at 5:59 bringing the score PLPRB 32 BHV 12. With victories from Nick Bennett, Andy Bounds, Dillon Card and Dalton Baker, two by pins, the final score was PLPRB 38 and BHV 30.

How do coaches decide when to move a wrestle up a weight class? The first criteria is the actual weight of the wrestler, a wrestler can only move up one weight class. For example LaCoe of UNC weighed in at 132.1 which means he can wrestle 138 and 145. He was an 8th-grade student with a losing record.

Criteria two is grade and record. Criteria three is a list of matches the individual has wrestled in the past. For example Zack Waln lost to Tommy Tellers 8-7 in the WDC invitational.

Criteria four is the team score.

"I ran the score on paper and know how many points we are up or down," Techam said.

For example UNC would pencil in a win between Sam Tellers (12) and Ethan Kimber (9). Kimber won 9-3. UNC would be six points down from their prediction. They also lost a team point at the conclusion of the match, so they were down seven points. The strategy is discussed before the match begins, but the final decision is made just before the weight class begins. Both Steve Techam and Lee Truax make this decision together.

"We are in total agreement before we move a wrestler," Techam said.

BHV 49

Osakis 16

106 Seth Johnson (O) major decision over Braydon Bertram 14-2

113 Anthony Kern (BHV) pinned Darrin Stoetzel 1:41

120 Trent Coyer (O) defeated Justin Gordon 5-2

126 Brendon Coyer (O) defeated Marshall Willis 4-2

132 Zack Waln (BHV) defeated Garret Sunder 11-7

138 Brian Enfer (O) pinned Nick Peterson 2;23

145 Holtan Truax (BHV) major decision over Colton Waldvogel 14-5

152 Ethan Kimber (BHV) pinned Conrad Wiener 5:01

160 Andrew Cihlar (BHV) won by forfeit

170 Nick Bennett (BHV) won by forfeit

182 Hayden Truax (BHV) pinned Adam Klienfehn 2:54

195 Andy Bounds (BHV) defeated Nils Hagen 9-3

220 Dillon Card (BHV) pinned Mitch Sunder 2:36

285 Dalton Baker (BHV) defeated Peter Hagen 3-2

BHV 42

UNC 32

106 Anthony Kern (BHV) pinned Kamarin Kocurak 1:19

113 Ben Johnson (UNC) pinned Brayden Bertram :58

120 Justin Gordon (BHV) pinned Liam Cochran :48

126 Marshall Willis (BHV) pinned Austin Bacon 1:48

132 Tommy Tellers (UNC) pinned Deigo Rodrequez :38

138 Logan Walz (UNC) pinned Zack Waln :50

145 Holtan Truax(BHV) defeated Sam Tellers 9-3

160 Andrew Cihlar (BHV) defeated Wyatt Puttonen 5-4

170 Nick Bennett (BHV) pinned Tyler Eckman 3:02

182 Dylan Huttunen(UNC) pinned Hayden Truax 3:06

195 Tristan Palmer(UNC) pinned Andy Bounds 3:42

220 Taylor Carlson (UNC) defeated John French 7-0

285 Dillon Card (BHV) pinned Logan Olson :27

BHV 30


106 Anthony Kern (BHV) pinned Darion Anderson 5:20

113 Anthony Philipson (PLPRB) pinned Brayden Bertran 1:09

120 Justin Gordon (BHV) defeated Spencer Richards 7-4

126 Brandon Mager (PLPRB) defeated Marshall Willis 8-3

132 Zack Waln (BHV) defeated Dallin Sonenstahl 11-6

138 Evan Gravdahl (PLPRB) pinned Nick Peterson 3:50

145 Tristan Rubner (PLPRB) pinned Josh Weekley 1:57

152 Dillon Nichols (PLPRB) pinned Holtan Truax 5:23

160 Nick Gravdahl (PLPRB) pinned Ethan Kimber 5:59

170 Nick Bennett (BHV) defeated Ozzie Miller 13-7

182 Justin Mackenthun (PLPRB) pinned Hayden Truax 1:28

195 Andy Bounds (BHV) defeated Chris Foster 7-1

220 Dillon Card (BHV) pinned Cadel Roeder :12

285 Dalton Baker (BHV) pinned Sam Peltey :16

On Saturday the wrestlers left at 5 a.m to make their way to Barnesville and challenge eight other teams in the individual tournament. The favorites to win the tournament was Barnesville, rated eighth in class A and Lisbon ranked first in North Dakota class B.

Lisbon is coached by Joe Kern former BHV wrestler. Lisbon has placed second in the state the last three years and won the state championship four years ago. Exact tournament brackets were not available at press time.

Barnesville 185.5

Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 153

Fargo-Davies 147

Lisbon 109

Moorhead 98.5

Fargo South 88

Browerville 37

Prairie Valley 28

Breckenridge 26

The team travels to Cass Lake for Friday and Saturday competitions.