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Levi Trevithick does the 'unexpected', Blue Jays get huge win

The Jamestown High School wrestling team hosted St. Mary's on Jan. 19, 2023.

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Jamestown's Eric Chea, top, puts all of his weight onto John Richter of Saint Mary's in the 152-pound match Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, at Jerry Meyer Arena.
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JAMESTOWN — Levi Trevithick got some terrifying news Thursday evening.

Following weigh-ins, for the Jays' match against Bismarck St. Mary's, Trevithick, an eighth grader and junior varsity wrestler for the Jamestown High School wrestling team, was told by head wrestling coach, Larry Eslick that he would be wrestling as the varsity team's 132-pounder.

"I was pretty scared, not going to lie," Trevithick said with a smile. "It was a varsity match and the guy I was wrestling was ranked No. 2 so yeah, it was pretty scary."

Following the news, Eslick explained to Trevithick the Jays' expectations for the match.

"We told him that we didn't expect him to win but we expected him to battle and not get pinned," Eslick said.

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Trevithick did more than battle.

"That was his first varsity match and he got a pin out of it," Eslick said. "That was unexpected. We were just telling him to go out there and survive and anything other than that would be a bonus. That pin was huge."

Trevithick's pin of Landon Huck helped to propel the Jays' to a 50-21 win over the Saints. Jamestown's record now stands at 5-3 in the West Region and 8-6 overall.

Eslick and the boys will have the weekend off of WDA action but are still slated to compete at the Grand Rapids Tournament in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The tournament is slated to start Friday and will wrap up on Saturday.

Huck had the advantage over Trevithick jumping out to a 9-4 lead before an impressive escape from Trevithick set up the Blue Jays' first pin of the night.

"Once I got the first takedown, it was a little less scary, then I was just thinking, get him on his back and once I did that, it wasn't too scary," Trevithick said. "Us JV kids did a good job bumping up to varsity and we did really well as a team."

Momentum like that is not easily lost.

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"Everything was just clicking for us tonight, it was a lot of fun," Eslick said.

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Senior Aden Braun wrestled the full six minutes and did so conservatively. The senior won by decision to improve to a perfect 6-0 in terms of WDA dual matches.

Things were tight between sixth-ranked Eric Chea and John Richter after one period. Richter had the one-point advantage over Chea after one, but an escape and a takedown by the Blue Jay junior flipped the tables.

Chea found himself leading 7-5 with one period left to wrestle. The pair went back and forth in the final two minutes, each coming close to pins but it was Chea who outlasted his opponent, coming away with a 9-6 decision.

St. Mary's got a couple of wins at 152 and 160 to make it a three-point dual with the Blue Jays leading 12-9.

That brought up Colton Mewes and Jaxyn Richter — the No. 2 and No. 3 wrestlers at 170 pounds.

Mewes jumped out to an early 6-2 lead over Richter. A spin move by Mewes got Richter on his back and the Blue Jay senior captain was inches away from earning a pin when time expired in the first period.

Mewes' held steady through the remaining two periods and wound up winning the match by a major decision.

Jamestown went on to collect wins at 182, 195, and 285. Jack Schauer gave the team a big boost to start the lightweights, pinning down St. Mary's Carson Mosset to make it 38-21 Blue Jays. Lucas Schlepuetz followed up Schauer's pin with one of his own to extend the Jays' lead to 23 points.

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Pete Rasmussen wrapped things up with a pin of Jacoby Grimm in the 126-pound match.

"It was a full team effort," Eslick said. "I am very proud of these young guys stepping in and getting some wins for us. Making flip-flops in the lineup, it's nice to be able to have kids to be able to do that — I mean we made some moves that had a 24-point swing to it. It was a massive team victory for us tonight — these kids wrestled together tonight."

The Blue Jay boys weren't the only ones wrestling as a team.

Across Jerry Meyer Arena, Blue Jay girls' head coach James Meland was busy coaching his girls in a dual against Carrington.

The Jays and Cardinals were all tied up at 36 apiece heading into the last match. The 250-pound representatives battled it out through a period and a half before Jamestown's Alee Meza got the drop on her opponent and sealed the deal for the Jays with a pin. The final was 42-36.

The Blue Jays are now 2-3 overall. Jamestown along with Carrington will head to the Storhaug Tournament Saturday.

"It went fantastic, much better than anticipated," Eslick said of the team's dual. "We thought it was going to be a tight, tough dual — these guys beat Century last week — but we made some moves and they worked out for us. It was a good showing for us that we could take it to them like that."

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Jamestown's Leah Torres, top, works over Carrington's Mercedes Lura in a 120-pound match Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, at Jerry Meyer Arena.
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Jamestown 50, St. Mary's 21

132: Levi R Trevithick (JAM) over Landon Huck (MARY) (Fall 3:41)
138: Aden Braun (JAM) over Colin Steidler (MARY) (Dec 7-0)
145: Eric Chea (JAM) over Joryn Richter (MARY) (Dec 11-6)
152: John Richter (MARY) over Grady Anderson (JAM) (Dec 5-4)
160: Harrison Grad (MARY) over Adyn Eckert (JAM) (Fall 2:19)
170: Colton Mewes (JAM) over Jaxyn Richter (MARY) (MD 13-5)
182: Jackson Walters (JAM) over Carter Michlitsch (MARY) (Fall 0:59)
195: Dezyon Butler (JAM) over Benedict Baumgartner (MARY) (Fall 1:57)
220: Luke Lengenfelder (MARY) over Ethan Gall (JAM) (Fall 1:14)
285: Dalton Darby (JAM) over Alex Schmitz (MARY) (MD 15-6)
106: Carson Mosset (MARY) over Grady Eckart (JAM) (Fall 3:08)
113: Jack Schauer (JAM) over Blu Miller (MARY) (Fall 1:11)
120: Lucas Schlepuetz (JAM) over Alex Dahmen (MARY) (Fall 3:48)
126: Pete Rasmussen (JAM) over Jacoby Grimm (MARY) (Fall 0:48)

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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