Jamestown 42, Valley City 36
Friday at Jamestown High School
In match order
170- Eathan Gumke, J, pinned Chrstian Swenson 1:24
182- Triston Shipley, J, def. Dustin Lindgren 6-1
195- Jordan Magnuson, VC, pinned Colin Crabtree 2:38
220- Cullen Goter, J, pinned Wyatt Bjornson, :22
285- Steven Horner, VC, pinned Mark Reynolds, :26
106- Cole McGough, VC, pinned Kane Barnick 3:02
113- Logan Erlandson, VC, pinned NicDilallo 1:02
120- Paxton Mewes, J, won by default
126- Jakob Ashline, VC, pinned Kyle Dupre :43
132- Jarden Horsted, J, pinned Jonathon Langer 1:37
138- Mitch Ova, J, pinned Jake Tangen 1:51
145- Evan Carroll, VC, pinned Lucas Shirley 5:56
152- Zane Braun, J, def. Shane Undem 5-2
160- Brandyn Harr, J, pinned Mason Bjornson 2:30
Feb. 8-9 in Grand Forks
By Scott Schlaufman
JAMESTOWN — For the last several months, the Valley City High School wrestling team seemed to have its growing pains.
Despite fielding more wrestlers than any other season under coach Aaron Larson, the Hi-Liners faced difficulties either with age, as many young wrestlers filled weights on the varsity lineup. Other spots were filled by older wrestlers in their first year in the sport.
But Friday at Jamestown High School, the Hi-Liners ended the regular season on a positive note with a 42-36 dual loss to the Bluejays, one that wasn't decided until the final match.
"We had most of our junior high on varsity tonight and (a lot of) first year kids, and it came down to the last match," Larson said."We wrestled great."
The Hi-Liners had wins in six of the 14 weight classes, and all six were pins.
The match started at 170 pounds, and wasn't decided until the 160 pound match wrapped up with Jamestown's Brandyn Harr pinning Mason Bjornson in 2:30.
But prior to that, the Hi-Liners had their moments.
After losing by pin at 170 pounds, Valley City's Dustin Lindgren narrowly lost in a 6-1 decision at 182.
The Hi-Liners got their first win of the match from Jordan Magnuson, who pinned Colin Crabtree in 2:38. Magnuson had a takedown and near-fall to lead 4-1 after the first period.
When he started the second, he immediately took down his opponent and went for the pin, getting it at 2:38.
"He did what he always does. We think of him as one of our team leaders, but he's just a freshman, so he's got a bright future," Larson said.
Larson said the aggressive approach in the second period was a strategy the team hoped to utilize.
"Jordan's good enough that he can be aggressive all the time," Larson said. "He's finally realizing he can wrestle these upperclassmen and take it to them."
VCHS lost at 220, but got the points back at heavyweight, where Steven Horner won by pin in 26 seconds.
The Hi-Liner then got pins from Cole McGough and Logan Erlandson at 106 and 113 to go up 24-15.
After going open at 120, freshman Jakob Ashline had a pin in 43 seconds at 126, though Jamestown's Jaden Horstad, the No. 3 ranked wrestler at 126, got the points back with a pin over VC seventh grader Jonathon Langer
Larson praised Langer and other seventh graders on the team, a group that includes Erlandson and Jake Tangen, who lost at 138.
"Some of our seventh graders have a lot of courage. We throw them to the wolves a little bit against top-ranked seniors, and they don't care, they just go out there," Larson said.
The loss at 138 gave Jamestown a 33-30 lead and put sophomore Evan Carroll in a position where the Hi-Liners needed a pin to keep a win within reach.
Carroll's opponent, Lucas Shirley, didn't make it easy. Carroll had nearfalls in the first and third periods, but Shirley did just enough to avoid getting pinned. Carroll kept up the pressure, getting the pin with only four seconds left.
"We needed the pin and he knew that, so he realized the situation and got the pin," Larson said.
It gave VCHS a 3-point lead entering the 152-pound bout, which had Shane Undem, the No. 3 ranked wrestler in the state, against defending state champion Zane Braun, who is the top-ranked wrestler at 152 and undefeated this season.
The two wrestled to a stalemate early, with neither wrestler getting a point in the first period.
Braun ended up winning the match in a 5-2 decision, which tied it at 36-36. Brandyn Harr then pinned Mason Bjornson at 160 to get the win for the Bluejays.
Larson said that he could have forfeited the match at 152 and had Undem get the win at 160 to give VCHS the dual win, but Undem, a senior, wanted the challenge.
"He wanted a crack at him, so that's what we did," Larson said. "He's a senior, and when he puts as much time in as he does, he gets to make that call."