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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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Wrestling team places fifth at Divisionals, nine wrestlers will compete at state

By Eric Killelea

Ranger-Review Staff Writer

The Dawson County High School wrestling team is sending nine grapplers to the Montana All Class State Tournament this week.

Last weekend, DCHS placed fifth (142 points) in the Eastern A Divisional in Belgrade, behind Hardin (155), Lewistown (231), Havre (244.5) and Sidney/Fairview (328). 

DCHS head coach Tim Zody told the Ranger-Review that the “main goal of the divisional was to qualify as many wrestlers as we could for the state tournament.”

Zody added: “Everything went pretty much as we expected. I feel good about our first round match ups. Now, we have to win the matches we are suppose to and maybe win some that we are not, in other words, lower seed beating higher seed. Anything can happen. It is like starting a new season.”

Senior Tyler Clapp earned a 4-1 decision over Sidney’s Jett Jones to win the 160-pound weight class at the divisional tournament. Clapp beat Jones after pinning opponents from Sidney, Belgrade and Havre. He scored 28 points for DCHS and goes into the state tournament with a record of 41-5.

Three Red Devils placed second in their weight classes, including senior Ben Stortz (145) pounds, sophomore Nelson Crisafulli (182) and junior Keegan Mires (285). The trio scored a combined 68 points for their team.

Stortz pinned grapplers from Billings Central, Laurel and Sidney, before losing a 8-0 decision to Martin Wilkie of Havre. He now has a season record of 33-7. 

Crisafulli pinned a grappler from Belgrade and won by a decision over another from Lewistown, but he was turned on his back and pinned by Justin Zier of Hardin. He finished with a record of 38-9. 

As for Mires, he pinned grapplers from Belgrade and Miles City and then pinned his teammate in senior Matt Fulton to get into the championship match. He eventually lost by a fall to Ryan Horner of Sidney and left the tournament with a record of 17-9.

Other DCHS placeholders included Fulton (fourth, 285); senior Cade Dockter (fifth, 170); senior Brandon Held (fourth, 170); freshman Colten Reidel (eighth, 138); and freshman Gullian Comstock ( eighth, 126).

The Red Devils were one team member short heading into Divisionals as sophomore Kirby Basta went out with a season-ending knee injury last week.

This week, the Red Devils are headed to the two-day state tournament in Billings. Brackets have already been set up with the first round as follows.

Comstock (126) vs. Michael Golden of Hamilton/Darby

Reidel (138) vs. Riley Gurr of Frenchtown

Stortz (145) vs. Daylon Moore of Hamilton/Darby

Held (152) vs. Dustin Copeland of Hamilton/Darby

Clapp (160) vs. Joseph Anderson of Browning

Dockter (170) vs. Charlie Bullcalf of Browning

Crisafulli (182) vs. Ethan Borden of Libby/Troy

Mires (285) vs. Cyrus Sweedman of Libby/Troy; 

Fulton (285) vs. Sam Mocabee of Ronan.  

MHSA 2018 Eastern A Divisional Results for scoring members of theDCHS team: 126

Gullian Comstock (6-29) placed 8th and scored 5 team points.

Christian Dean (Sidney / Fairview) 37-8 won by fall over Gullian Comstock 6-29 (Fall 1:06); Comstock won by fall over Ryan Ness (Laurel) 14-23 (Fall 2:29); Everett Jensen (Sidney / Fairview) 39-16 won by fall over Comstock (Fall 5:05); 7th Place Match - Brenan Hager (Custer Co. (Miles City)) 24-19 won by tech fall over Comstock(TF-1.5 6:00 (17-0))


Colten Reidel (22-29) placed 8th and scored 1 team point.

Jace Winter (Sidney / Fairview) 41-11 won by fall over Colten Reidel (Fall 2:48); - Keaton Potter (Fergus (Lewistown)) 31-23 won by tech fall over Reidel (TF-1.5 4:00 (15-0)); 7th Place Match - Ronald Anderson (Hardin) 16-33 won by fall over Reidel (Fall 2:57)


Ben Stortz (33-7) placed 2nd and scored 24 team points.

Stortz won by fall over Gunnar B; Stortz won by fall over Tyler Emineth (Laurel) 26-20 (Fall 3:37); Stortz won by fall over Jace Johnson (Sidney / Fairview) 36-17 (Fall 5:59); Martin Wilkie (Havre) 41-1 won by major decision over Stortz ((MD 8-0)


Brandon Held (30-14) placed 4th and scored 14 team points.

Branden Held (Dawson Co. (Glendive)) 30-14 won by fall over Colby Rockwell (Belgrade) 1-14 (Fall 2:51)

Held won by decision over Chase Farrar (Fergus (Lewistown)) 25-7 (Dec 2-1); Connor Harris (Havre) 37-7 won by fall over Held (Fall 1:22); Held won by decision over Mason Fend (Laurel) 40-15 (Dec 4-1); Riley Waters (Sidney / Fairview) 43-11 won by fall over Held (Fall 3:02)


Tyler Clapp (41-5) placed 1st and scored 28 team points.

Clapp (Dawson Co. won by fall over carson lunak (Havre) 0-2 (Fall 0:20); Clapp won by fall over Eric Amaya (Belgrade) 8-9 (Fall 1:19); Clapp won by fall over Avery Gurney (Sidney / Fairview) 31-15 (Fall 2:35); Clapp won by decision over Jett Jones (Sidney / Fairview) 44-7 (Dec 4-1)


Cade Dockter (14-15) placed 5th and scored 14 team points.

Dockter (Dawson Co. won by fall over Jeffery Lembcke (Park (Livingston)) 0-13 (Fall 1:11);  Brenden Roan (Hardin) 40-7 won by major decision over Dockter (MD 13-0); Dockter won by fall over Colten Siphakis (Belgrade) 6-17 (Fall 1:47); Dockter won by decision over Kevin Aiken (Belgrade) 15-12 (Dec 11-9);  Trevor Dean (Sidney / Fairview) 33-16 won by major decision over Dockter (MD 13-3); Dockterwon by major decision over jazz schroeder (Havre) 15-10 (MD 10-0)


Nelson Crisafulli (38-9) placed 2nd and scored 20 team points.

Crisafulli won by fall over Gavin Kewish (Belgrade) 5-10 (Fall 1:11); Crisafulli won by decision over Wyatt Blythe (Fergus (Lewistown)) 27-6 (Dec 9-2);  Justin Zier (Hardin) 35-3 won by fall over Crisafulli (Fall 4:44)


Matt Fulton (25-21) placed 4th and scored 12 team points.

Fulton won by decision over Jesse Murdock (Hardin) 25-22 (Dec 5-4); Keegan Mires won by fall over Matt Fulton (Dawson Co. (Glendive)) 25-21 (Fall 1:26); Matt Fulton won by decision over Archie Swift (Custer Co. (Miles City)) 21-20 (Dec 9-7); 3rd Place Match - Austin Ratliff (Havre) 30-9 won by fall over Fulton ( (Fall 1:47)


Keegan Mires (17-9) placed 2nd and scored 24 team points.

Mires won by fall over Enrique Ruiz (Belgrade) 10-18 (Fall 0:14); Mires won by fall over Dylan Gibson (Custer Co. (Miles City)) 4-18 (Fall 0:24); Mires won by fall over Matt Fulton (Fall 1:26); Ryan Horner (Sidney / Fairview) 40-12 won by fall over Mires (Fall 4:33)

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