Blue Jays Roundup: Wrestling succeeds at the Fargodome

The Blue Jays wrestling team placed two wrestlers in the top five at the Rumble in the Red tournament.

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Jamestown's Mason Lunzman handles the ball during some Blue Jay basketball action at Jerry Meyer Arena. John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun

JHS Wrestling places two on the podium in the Rumble in the Red at the Fargodome

The Jamestown High School wrestling team went to Fargo for the two-day 2021 Rumble on the Red Wrestling Championships from Wednesday, Dec. 29-Thursday, Dec. 30. The team competed against 61 other teams, finishing in 21st with 56 points. The Blue Jays brought six wrestlers to the tournament and had two finish in the top five.

The Blue Jays' highest finisher was junior Aden Braun who started off his tournament with a pinfall win over Grand Island’s Dane Arrants before carrying that to an appearance in the championship match. In the final, he was matched up against New Prague’s Koy Buesgens, who came away with the 4-1 decision win over Braun. As a result of his second-place finish, Braun got his team 26 team points.

The Blue Jays' other top-five finisher was junior Colton Mewes who started his tournament off with a pinfall win over Medford Kael Nuemann. Mewes’ run in the championship bracket would come to an end in the quarterfinals when he lost on a 5-1 decision to Jackson County Central’s Payton Handevidt. Mewes would respond with three wins in a row to make it to the third-place match. In the third-place match, Mewes would get a 7-1 decision win over Waconia’s Josh Wagner.

The Blue Jays hit the mats again at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 4, when they host Turtle Mountain.


Top 5 finishers:

  1. Jackson County Central,156.5, 2. Stillwater,145.5, 3. Bismarck,111.5, 4. Waconia, 110.5, 5. Big Lake, 107.0

JHS Wrestlers: 126-pound weight class:

Sam Schlepuetz:

Prelim- Albert Lea Area’s Nick Korman pinfall win over Sam Schlepuetz (pin 1:07)

Prelim- Fargo Davies’ Wyatt Kosidowski major decision win over Schlepuetz (MD 9-0)

132-pound weight class:

Grady Anderson:

Champ. Round 1- Grady Anderson major decision win over Waconia’s Aiden Meuwissen (MD 10-0)


Champ. Round 2- West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville’s Hunter Gruchow decision win over Anderson (dec 9-3)

Cons. Round 2- Anderson decision win over Dickinson’s Trenton Gillen (dec 9-6)

Cons. Round 3- Wayzata’s Andrew Larson decision win over Anderson (dec 6-2)

138-pound weight class:

Aden Braun:

Prelim- Aden Braun pinfall win over Grand Island’s Dane Arrants (fall 2:54)

Champ. Round 1- Braun pinfall win over Perham’s Kaden Feldt (fall 3:52)

Champ. Round 2- Braun decision win over New Prague’s Luke Dorweiler (dec 7-2)


QFinals- Braun decision win over West Fargo Sheyenne’s Marcus Johnson (dec 8-2)

Semifinals- Braun decision win over Minot’s Victor Garcia (dec 9-4)

Finals- New Prague’s Koy Buesgens decision win over Braun (dec 4-1)

160-pound weight class:

Colton Mewes:

Champ. Round 1- Colton Mewes pinfall win over Medford’s Kael Nuemann (fall 1:03)

Champ. Round 2- Mewes decision win over United North Central Warriors’ Eion Ness (dec 2-0)

QFinals- Jackson County Central’s Payton Handevidt decision win over Mewes (5-1)

Cons. Round 4- Mewes pinfall win over Mankato West’s Damian Riewe (fall 2:30)

Cons. Round 5- Mewes decision win over Perham’s Blake Lorentz (dec 7-0)

Cons. Semis-Mewes medical forfeit win over Stillwater’s Anthony Tuttle (med forfeit)

Third place match- Mewes decision win over Waconia’s Josh Wagener (dec 7-1)

170-pound weight class:

Jackson Walters:

Prelim-Grand Island’s Justcye Hotstetler pinfall win over Jackson Walters (fall 5:34)

Prelim- Walters decision win over Albert Lea Area’s Blake Braun (dec 4-0)

Cons. Round 1-Walters decision win over St. Francis’ Brady Peltier (dec 3-1)

Cons. Round 2-Kimball Area’s Ashton Hanan decision win over Walters (dec 8-3)

182-pound weight class:

Preston Gall:

Champ. Round 1- Preston Gall decision win over West Central Area-Ashby-Brandon-Evansville’s Beau Robinson (dec 8-2)

Champ. Round 2- Stillwater’s Ryder Rogotzke pinfall win over Gall (fall 3:01)

Cons. Round 2- Fairbault’s George Soto decision win over Gall (dec 6-3)

Blue Jays boys basketball struggle in the second half in loss to Bismarck Century

The Jamestown High School boys basketball team struggled in the second half to lose 63-52 at Bismarck Century on Dec. 30. The Blue Jays (3-3) kept the first half tight going into the half down 25-24. However, the Patriots (7-0) pulled away in the second half, outscoring the Blue Jays 38-28.

The Blue Jays were in foul trouble in the second half, committing 10 fouls, with the Patriots’ Isaiah Schaefer making the Jays pay with six points from the stripe in the second half. The Jays managed to have one player in double digits, Noah Meissner, compared to the Pats’ three players.

The Blue Jays were led in the first half by 10 of Meissner’s 12 points. The Blue Jays did not get to the line often in this game, shooting four for six from the stripe. The Pats’ were led in the second half by Ryan Erikson’s 13 points.

The Blue Jays are back in action at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 7 when they host Williston. The Patriots look to remain undefeated at 7:45 p.m. on Jan. 4, when they host Bismarck.

JHS 52, CHS 63

JHS: 24 28—52

CHS: 25 38—63

Points leaders:

JHS: Noah Meissner 12, Ryan Larson 9, Devin Beach 8, Adam Kallenbach 7, Caydann Cox 6, Dalton Camp 6, Luke Van Berkom 4

CHS: Anthony Doppler 20, Isaiah Schafer 20, Ryan Erikson 15, William Ware 3, Connor Trahan 3, Tyler Birst 2

Total stats:

JHS: 22 FGs, 4-6 FTs, 15 fouls, 3-pointers: Meissner 2, Larson, Kallenbach

CHS: 22 FGs, 12-16 FTs, 13 fouls, 3-pointers: Schafer 4, Trahan

My name is Max O'Neill. I am a Sports Reporter at The Jamestown Sun. I am a native New Yorker, who graduated from Ithaca College in 2020 with a degree in Television-Radio.
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