Braves edge JaysBeing able to pick up pins is obviously the most powerful tool to winning high school wrestling duals, and that was the weapon used by Turtle Mountain Community High School in Belcourt on Thursday night. The unranked Braves notched a grand total of six pins in 13 contested matches against No. 5-ranked Jamestown, handing the Blue Jays a bitter 42-33 loss.
By: By Michael Savaloja, The Jamestown Sun, The Jamestown Sun
Being able to pick up pins is obviously the most powerful tool to winning high school wrestling duals, and that was the weapon used by Turtle Mountain Community High School in Belcourt on Thursday night.
The unranked Braves notched a grand total of six pins in 13 contested matches against No. 5-ranked Jamestown, handing the Blue Jays a bitter 42-33 loss.
“Personally, I was a little disappointed,” JHS coach Greg White said. “As you look at the stat sheet, we went 7-7 in matches and we forfeited at 106 (pounds), so we won seven out of 13 matches and still lost by nine.
“All that comes down to is the matches they won, and they got a pin in every single spot.”
Turtle Mountain’s Waylon DeCoteau (195), Jesse Rodriquez (220), Tyson Keplin (285), Chris Longie (120), T.J. Lavallie (126) and Eugene Fleetwood (138) all defeated their Jamestown counterpart via fall.
“You’re not going to win duals when you give up pins like that,” White said. “We need to get into the practice room and do some technical work on not getting pinned, and it also takes heart. You have to get ornery when somebody gets you on your back and you have to get out of it.”
On the plus side — even with six pins by the Braves — Jamestown was very much in the dual.
The Jays received a pair of overtime wins from Eathan Gumke at 182 and Caleb Ellingson and 170, which bookended the dual. In between that, Paxton Mewes and Zane Braun each picked up their second pin in as many duals to start the season at 113 and 152, respectively.
Mewes is ranked No. 1 at 103, while Braun is ranked No. 1 at 152.
“Our two big guys are doing what they are supposed to be doing,” White said. “Now the other guys have to help us out.”
Jamestown’s Jaden Horsted notched a big win over Grant Laducer at 132. Horsted and Laducer are ranked No. 3 and No. 5, respectively, at 126. Picking up major decisions for the Blue Jays were Ryan Hillerud (145) and Brandyn Harr (160).
“We didn’t get the win, unfortunately, but this does tell us we are going to be competing with some of these other teams,” White said. “Turtle Mountain is a good team and now we face Bismarck, another good team. But we plan to go there on Tuesday and battle hard with them too.”
Turtle Mountain 42, Jamestown 33
182: Eathan Gumke, JHS dec. Brandon Rodriquez, 3-2, OT.
195: Waylon DeCoteau, TM pinned Triston Shipley, 4:59.
220: Jesse Rodriquez, TM pinned Kyle Anderson, :57.
285: Tyson Keplin, TM pinned Mark Reynolds, 2:38.
103: Dustin Baker, TM won by forfeit.
113: Paxton Mewes, JHS pinned Mark Laducer, 1:48.
120: Chris Longie, TM pinned Dante Dillingham, 1:46.
126: T.J. Lavallie, TM pinned Jakob Browning, :58.
132: Jaden Horsted, JHS pinned Grant Laducer, 3:36.
138: Eugene Fleetwood, TM pinned Mitch Ova, 5:55.
145: Ryan Hillerud, JHS major dec. over Tanner Bickford, 12-2.
152: Zane Braun, JHS pinned Geraldo Fox, 1:27.
160: Brandyn Harr, JHS major dec. over Brek Laducer, 15-0.
170: Caleb Ellingson, JHS dec. Ron Azure, 8-6, OT.
Sun sports writer Michael Savaloja can be reached at (701) 952-8461 or by email at email@example.com