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.”

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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.

Class A Wrestling State Dual Tournament
Third place match
Jamestown 36, Bismarck Century 27
106 - Blake Ersland, BC, TF, Pete Rasmussen, TF 21-6
113 - Aden Braun, J, pinned Neal Bohrer, 3:23
120 - Kaden DeCoteau, BC, dec. Talor Huebner, 4-1.
126 - Joel Bowman, J, dec. Hayden Johnsrud, 9-3.
132 - Devin Schulz, BC, pinned Issac Rostenbach, 0:30.
138 - Colton Mewes, J, dec. Clay Radenz, 4-3.
145 - Jackson Walters, J, dec. Ben Weigum, 8-4.
152 - Noah Braun, J, pinned Jax Gums, 0:48.
160 - Dany Tanefeu, BC, maj. dec. Preston Gall, 12-3.
170 - Johnny Browning, J, dec. Jacob Boehm, 7-5.
182 - Anthony Carranza, BC, pinned Coty Huebner, 2:49.
195 - Austin Kessler, J, pinned Lykken Parlett, 0:40.
220 - Dareeyn Davis, J, pinned Hunter Harvey, 4:33.
285 - Konnor Stordalen, BC, dec. Damien Krebs, 5-0.
Class A team results
1st Place Match
W-1 Bismarck defeated W-2 Minot 41-18.
3rd Place Match
W-4 Jamestown defeated W-3 Bismarck Century 36-27.
5th Place Match
E-1 Valley City defeated E-2 Devils Lake 44-30.
Class B team results
1st Place Match
1 Lisbon defeated 2 South Border 32-26.
3rd Place Match
3 Velva defeated 5 New Salem-Almont 44-30.
5th Place Match
Bishop Ryan defeated Pembina County North 37-35.