FARGO -- It was a dramatic way to end it
“Every position, every weight class, these kids went out and fought for each other,” Jamestown wrestling coach Larry Eslick said.
The Blue Jays wrestled their way to the third spot on the podium Friday night at the Class A wrestling state dual tournament at the Fargodome. Jamestown defeated WDA rival Bismarck Century 36-27.
The finish was the highest the Jamestown High School wrestling team had placed in more than 20 years.
“It’s an individual sport but these kids wrestle for each other and they believe and that’s what we’ve been building for years,” Eslick said. “I think we finally cut our piece out of wrestling history in Jamestown. It’s something that’s going to keep rolling for years to come. It’s just surreal.”
JHS fell 40-26 in the semifinals to the No. 2 seed Minot Friday. The Magicians earned the 2020 state dual runner up title -- losing the championship to defending state champions Bismarck High 41-18. Bismarck holds the state’s most dual championships with 16.
The Blue Jays made a statement this season and two aren’t quite done. Noah Braun and Aden Braun will conclude their state tourney trips Saturday in the Class A individual state championship matches at 152 and 113 pounds, respectively.
“For years and years, it was a dream of theirs to be brothers in the finals,” Eslick said. “I am so happy for Noah, this is his sixth state tournament -- always so close but never made it to the finals. He’s the heart and soul of this team and I am just so proud of how they finished.”
The final individual matches are scheduled to begin tomorrow at 3 p.m. at the Fargodome.