The defending Class A state wrestling champion proved why it's retained the state's No. 1 ranking on Thursday at Jamestown's Jerry Meyer Arena.

Bismarck High won nine of 13 contested matches in a West Region clash vs. the Blue Jays, rolling to a 46-18 victory in the second head-to-head dual of the season for both teams. The Demons improved to 2-0, while the Jays fell to 0-2.

"Wrestling the No. 1 team, I think we just gotta get a little more of an attitude," Jamestown coach Larry Eslick said. "You need a dual like that to see where we're at. It really shows you where your shortcomings are, but we're going to be fine."

The dual pitted the state's top two wrestlers together at 113 pounds in Bismarck's Christian Tanefeu (No. 1) and Jamestown's Aden Braun (No. 2). Tanefeu, the 2018-19 state champ at 106, scored a one-point escape in the third period of what largely proved to be a stalemate.

"Aden's right there, it's just a matter of getting in on a shot and not being defended," Eslick said. "(Tanefeu) was stopping our offense, he was slowing us down. We just gotta be able to push the pace a little better. We're right there."

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Jamestown's Talor Huebner, left, wrestles with Kaden Renner of Bismarck Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, at Jerry Meyer Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun
Jamestown's Talor Huebner, left, wrestles with Kaden Renner of Bismarck Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, at Jerry Meyer Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Not quite finishing shots proved to be a theme for the home team, but the season's young.

The Jay's Joel Bowman, ranked No. 2 at 120, picked up a 1-0 dec. over unranked Tate Olson at 126. Colton Mewes and Damien Krebs both notched pins for the Jays at 138 and 285, respectively.

Leading 1-0 in the third, Krebs was finally able to roll Bismarck's Jordan Schumacher over to stick the senior with 1:16 remaining, while Mewes -- ranked No. 5 -- pinned Isaac Peterson late in the first period.

Jamestown's Noah Braun, ranked No. 3 at 152, wrestled at 160 and earned an 8-2 decision over Ben Nagel.

Close, but not quite, matches were wrestled by the Jays' Austin Kessler (195), Grady Anderson (106) and Jackson Walters (145). Anderson and Kessler fell in two-point decisions, while Walters went the distance with No. 4-ranked senior Preston Fettig in a 5-2 Fettig decision.

"He's really excited to be in the lineup this year and, I tell ya what, everyone takes him for granted," Eslick said of Walters. "He's a solid wrestler and he's gonna be all right, like a lot of freshmen in our lineup."

Bismarck's sixth-ranked Noah Savageau upset fourth-ranked Anderson 4-2 at 106.

"We just need to finish our shots," Eslick said. "We're in on shots and we're not finishing, we're not moving. And, a team like that, if you let them counter they're going to score, so we've just got to be able to finish."

The Blue Jays will be competing at the Grand Forks Sertoma Duals this Friday and Saturday.

"The kids are right there. We wrestled some places really tough tonight," Eslick said. "We're going up to the Sertoma in Grand Forks and if we wrestle like that against everyone else we'll be fine."

(1) Bismarck 46, (8) Jamestown 18

132: (3) Kaden Renner, B major dec. Talor Huebner, 11-1 (0-4).

138: (5) Colton Mewes, J pinned Isaac Peterson, 1:54 (6-4).

145: (4) Preston Fettig, B dec. Jackson Walters, 5-2 (6-7).

152: (4) Brock Fettig, B pinned Adyn Eckart, 1:56 (6-13).

160: Noah Braun, J dec. Ben Nagel, 8-2 (9-13).

170: (5) Gage Roaldson, B pinning Devin Knight, 1:11 (9-19).

182: (3) Isaiah Huus, B pinned Coty Huebner, 1:09 (9-25).

195: Cullen Glatt, B dec. Austin Kessler, 7-5 (9-28)

220: Ethan Stewart, B pinned Daryeen Davis, 2:51 (9-34).

285: Damien Krebs, J pinned Jordan Schumacher, 4:44 (15-34).

106: (6) Noah Savageau, B dec. (4) Grady Anderson, 4-2 (15-37).

113: (1) Christian Ganefeu, B dec. (2) Aden Braun, 1-0 (15-40).

120: (1) Wilfried Tanefeu won by forfeit. (15-46).

126: Joel Bowman, J dec. Tate Olson, 1-0 (18-46).

Dual records: Bismarck 2-0, 2-0 West Region. Jamestown 0-2, 0-2.