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Monday, March 19, 2018

Photo courtesy of Sidney Herald

Kinn first; Red Devils beat Glasgow, Hardin

By Anthony Varriano

Ranger-Review Staff Writer

Dawson County High School wrestling coach Tim Zody was surprised with how his team performed in tough first matches to start the season in Sidney over the weekend. 

“We did a little better than I thought we’d do,” he said. 

The Red Devils beat Eastern A foe Hardin 46-18 in its final dual on Saturday. 

Senior Travis Kinn earned a pin in 38 seconds to tie it at 12, and junior Ben Stortz scored a takedown in each period to give Dawson a 15-12 lead.

Also scoring points for DCHS was junior Tyler Clapp, with a pin of Brenden Roan 2:42 into the second period. Casimir Melton pinned Gidion Herbel 2:37 into the second period, and Matt Fulton was done with Will Caprata 3:13 into the second. 

Sophomore Keegan Mires got another six points with a pin near the end of period three, and Brandon Held scored two takedowns and a reversal to beat Bryce Roan 4-0.

“The only wins they had were the forfeits we gave them. Otherwise they didn’t win a match,” Zody said.

Dawson had no one to wrestle at 113 pounds, 120 pounds, 126 pounds and 182 pounds. Those empty weight classes really hurt against Billings West. The Golden Bears earned three forfeits to Dawson’s one and pulled away on the backs of their three biggest wrestlers.

Kinn earned another pin in less than a minute, and Stortz won a shutout 7-0. Held was done with his match in 41 seconds, and Melton earned a pin 3:55 into the second period. Freshman Gabe Mickelson got a pin of Wyatt Van Pelt at 103 pounds 1:18 into the second period.

Glasgow proved to be little trouble for the Red Devils, though, as they rolled to a 47-30 win. Kinn won a decision over Kaden Zimmerman 15-1, Stortz pinned Cale Swanson in 47 seconds, newcomer Brandt Ackerman pinned Presley Hallock in 51 seconds, and Mires was through with Justin Walton in 44 seconds.

As far as the tournament, Friday, Kinn won the 132-pound bracket with a 5-2 decision over Kekana Fouret of Nampa, Idaho. 

Stortz fell 9-5 in the semifinal to Jason Burchell of Post Falls, Idaho, and then dropped the consolation match to Kade Grigsby of Nampa, Idaho. Stortz did beat state champion Nathan Weber of Forsyth in dramatic fashion, though.

“He beat him in what they call the ultimate tiebreaker, which is like triple overtime … so that was a good win for Ben,” Zody said.

Clapp finished second at 160 pounds, falling to Brock Bushfield of Billings Skyview 9-3 in the final. He earned pins in the semifinals and quarterfinals, though, and blanked Baker’s Dalton Herbst 5-0.

Melton earned a pin in the 170-pound championship bracket and then another in the consolation bracket, as did Fulton in the 205-pound weight class. Mires won a 3-1 decision over teammate Elijah Marley in the heavyweight division, then earned a quick pin of Dickinson’s Jessie Archuletta before being eliminated by Billings West’s Levi Malcolm. 

Ackerman won a match at 145 pounds before dropping his next two, and Held got four wins on the consolation bracket before being eliminated.

Junior varsity wrestlers also performed well, with Kayden Deckert taking fourth at 126 pounds and Jayden Holley placing fifth at 205 pounds.

The Red Devils won’t have much time to catch their breath, as they’re off to Miles City on Tuesday before attending the Glasgow Invite on Friday and Saturday. Zody said Miles City scored just 10 points in the Sidney tournament. DCHS put up 109.5 points.

Reach Anthony Varriano at rrsports@rangerreview.com.

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