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Blue Jays Roundup: 'Iron sharpens iron' in wrestling room

The Jamestown High School boys wrestling team is coming off a 21st place performance at the Rumble on the Red Tournament in Fargo last week.

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Jamestown's Issac Rostenbach wrestles with Williston's Machaeal Vigness on Dec. 17. John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun

Brotherhood is binding the Jamestown High School boys wrestling team together this season.

“Iron sharpens iron, Proverbs 27:17," junior Aden Braun said. "Having strong teammates is a blessing to have in the room. These guys are family to me and I will do whatever to help them.

"I am so proud of the team in many ways. They are determined to succeed, they want to learn, they push each other, they have heart, willing to do whatever for the team, treat each other like family, inspire each other, and a lot more."

Since opening the 2021-22 season in early December, the Blue Jays have put together a 3-4 overall record. While the team is currently in the red, Larry Eslick's squad has captured a 3rd place, nonconference win at the Jamestown KC Tournament and a 2nd place finish at the Valley City Holiday Tournament.

Most recently, Braun and the rest of the Blue Jay squad are coming off a 21st team finish at the annual Rumble on the Red wrestling tournament in Fargo.

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Braun was the Jays' highest placer at Rumble on the Red, making it to the championship match against New Prague’s Koy Buesgens. Buesgens came away with the 4-1 decision win over Braun. Braun's second-place finish racked up 26 team points for the Jays.

Colton Mewes wound up in the top-five at the Fargodome but his championship run ended in the quarterfinals with a 5-1 decision loss to Jackson County Central's Payton Handevidt.

Mewes rebounded with three-straight wins to wind up in the third-place match. Mewes defeated Waconia's Josh Wagner with a 7-1 decision.

"21st out of 70-some teams is good in my book and don’t forget that we were second out of the North Dakota teams," Braun said. "We learned a lot from that tournament and plan to build from it."

Jackson County Central (Minn.) took the tournament title. Defending North Dakota state champions, Bismarck High, took a third-place finish. The Demons defeated the Jays 54-19 on Dec. 9.

Jamestown is 1-2 in conference duals. The team's first conference win came against Turtle Mountain on Jan. 4. The Blue Jays started out last season on a similar note, going 0-3 but ended up notching seven-straight wins to end the year.

Right now we are on a similar path but will finish with success like we have in the past years because I believe in the team," Braun said. "We are doing great so far and will do even better when everyone is healthy.

"We push each other every day to become better wrestlers. We help each other and help teammates to be leaders on and off the mat."

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The Jays have six conference duals scheduled for the month. Jamestown will host Minot, Bismarck Century and Watford City and will have to travel to Dickinson, Bismarck St. Mary's and Mandan.

"We have huge duals coming up that we have to win in order to make it to state duals," Braun said. "I believe in the team and I think we will be just fine. We just have to take one dual at a time."

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Katie Ringer is a sports reporter for the Jamestown Sun. Katie joined the Sun staff in the summer of 2019 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with a degree in journalism. She can be reached by email at kringer@jamestownsun.com or by phone at 701-952-8460.
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