Braun, Hatcher split at state
Jamestown High School's Noah Braun and Braden Hatcher each won their opening matches at the state wrestling tournament on Thursday at the Fargodome.
Hatcher and Braun each won by fall to account for the lone wins for the Blue Jays on the day.
Also on Thursday, several Class B wrestlers advanced to the semifinals, including five Carrington Cardinals. The two-time defending Cardinals are also tied for the team lead after day 1 of competition.
Hatcher, seeded No. 8 at 126 pounds, pinned Alec Humble at the 2:22 mark. In the quarterfinals, Hatcher fell to No. 1 seed Brody Armstrong of Minot by fall in the final period.
Braun, seeded No. 6 at 138, defeated Dominic James of Fargo North by technical fall in the opening round. In the quarterfinals, Braun, a freshman, was pinned by Williston's Raif Horswill at the 3:30 mark.
Elsewhere, Kyle Dupre (138), Dillion Hassel (160) and Sam Krebs (220) all were pinned in their first match and will compete in wrestlebacks today.
Carrington, the two-time defending Class B champion, set themselves up to make another run.
Brecken Lura (106), Lucas Geiszler (126), Zach Broadwell (138), Kaden Wolsky (170) and heavyweight Brodee Schroeder also advanced to the semifinal round, generally in dominant fashion.
Geiszler and Schroeder pinned both of their opponents. Schroeder accounted for his 12 points in less than two minutes combined.
Both of Lura's wins came by major decisions. Wolsky posted a technical fall and pin, while Broadwell also had a pin.
The Cardinals are tied for the top spot with Hettinger-Scranton with 60.5 points. Lisbon is right there with 60 points. Also, Carrington and Lisbon advanced for a semifinal showdown in the dual tournament. The Broncos are the top seed, while the Cardinals are seeded fourth.
Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter has four wrestlers advanced to the semis.
As expected, Braydin and Garrett Jangula both dominated. Braydin had two pins at 132, while Garrett won both of his by technical fall. Both Jangulas are No. 1 seeds.
At 145, Jacob Bitz cruised into the final four with a pin and an 11-6 win. Nathan Weigel also is still alive for a title after a pin and 3-1 win at 152.
South Border is well represented in the semifinals.
At 126, No. 3 seed Darin van Gorkom won by pin and decision. Riley Molter, seeded second at 220, also had a fall and a decision. Heavyweight Tyler Kuntz started with a pin before edging Jarod Roth of Oakes, 6-5.
At 195, Clayton Grueneich is well on his way to an undefeated season. The Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm standout recorded two pins, including a 44-second job over Jared Palluck of Kindred in the semifinals.