Jays qualify seven: Gumke, Shipley win region titles
Hoping for five state-qualifiers, Jamestown beat that mark by two on Saturday at the West Region meet in Dickinson.
“It was an exciting day for us. We exceeded what we had hoped we would do,” said coach Larry Eslick. “We wanted to be peaking and wrestle our best (Saturday), and hopefully now we do better next week.”
It was a milestone day for Gumke, who in steamrolling to the 195-pound title with two pins and a 6-2 decision over Bismarck Century’s Trace Moravec, earned his 100th career win.
“To win your 100th match in the championship match is pretty special,” Eslick said. “It was a pretty typical day for him. He’s had a great season.”
Shipley truly earned his title at 182 pounds. After an opening-round pin, the JHS senior defeated second-seeded Josh Brilz of Bismarck 9-5, and then finished it off by taking down top-seeded Brandon Rodriguez of Turtle Mountain for the title, 10-6.
“Triston was the wrestler of the tournament,” Eslick said. “You beat the No. 2 and 1 guys back-to-back, that’s pretty impressive. He had a great tournament.”
Caleb Ellingson nearly gave the Jays three champions. The No. 2 seed at 170 had a pin and major decision to get to the championship tilt against Century’s Hunter Babeck. The match was squared 1-all with less than 10 seconds left before Babeck got a late takedown to win it 3-1.
“It was an exciting match. Caleb wrestled really well. He was right there at the end,” Eslick said.
Gumke, Shipley and Ellingson are all seniors.
“Those three guys set the tone for us. They’re doing a great job and hopefully they can finish strong,” Eslick said.
At 138, sophomore Paxton Mewes settled for fourth, but his opening win of the day was the 100th of his career.
“He should be a top four seed at state,” Eslick said. “To have two guys get their 100th wins on the same day was pretty neat.”
Kyle Anderson (220), Kyle Dupre (132) and Jakob Browning (145) each registered the requisite one win to qualify for the state meet, which begins Thursday at the Bismarck Civic Center.
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