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Midgets show superiority over Class B's No. 1 ranked South Border

Jan. 23—DICKINSON — Class A No. 2 Dickinson Midgets and Class B No. 1 South Border Mustangs went toe-to-toe in Dickinson on Friday evening, as a precursor to the Badlands Classic in Killdeer. The two top-tier teams were worthy adversaries for one another, the clash ending with only 9 points separating them. The Midgets came out as the victors, with a final result of 39-30, thanks to an early run of wins.

"South Border is on their way to the Killdeer tournament like we are and we thought why not dual a tough team," Trevor Conrad, DHS head coach, said. "It was really fun to have a team want to come to our house and just put out one varsity dual, 13 matches."

Though the Midgets had one less match won by falls compared to the Mustangs' five, they were able to make up the difference, and some, with the addition of two decisions — a major decision and a technical fall aided their score.

Winning the first seven matches gave the Midgets padding for the remainder of the dual, but the later matches were just as important.

All three of the Glaser brothers bested their respective opponents, starting with Max Glaser, at 107, defeating third in the state Rylan Vetter by a 7-5 decision. Jake Glasser followed with a first round fall and then oldest brother Gage Glaser battled all six minutes of the 133 weight class match for a technical fall win with a score of 20-5.

Senior co-captain Colton King's 139 weight class match, was a crucial match for Dickinson that could have gone either way. The two state ranked combatants were fighting for every point and though King took an initial lead, it nearly went pear-shaped. That was until King was able to capitalize and pin his opponent, Ryker Vetter, at the tail end of the match, with just nine seconds remaining.

Hugh Meyer picked up a win over another state ranked athlete in Daniel Schumacher. Meyer refused to relinquish a single point, winning by major decision (9-0).

Conrad Kopari is one the youngest athletes for the Midgets, but is already state ranked at sixth. This made his 5-3 decision victory over fourth in the state Carson Glaesman even more rewarding. Kopari had two first round takedowns that allowed him to fight with advantage.

The Midgets are always happy to pick up wins, but are equally supportive as a team in their losses. They gained just as much in the five defeats, with each match proving to be good competition. Conrad spoke highly of the South Border program and stated that he is not one to underestimate any competitor.

"I don't really like it when people say, 'Oh it's Class B, it's a lose-lose.' No it isn't. It is a good wrestling team and we expect our kids to go out and wrestle until 6:01," Conrad said. "It should not matter who is across from you as a wrestler, but just to get out and take care of it."

TJ Meyer was one of five Dickinson wrestlers to get pinned, but coming from state ranked Brody Hoffman, it was a worthwhile experience. Mustangs' Shane Nischke, who is ranked No. 1 in the state at 215, wrestled above his weight class against Midgets' senior Ethan Halvorson. The highly touted junior showed off his explosive grappling skills, earning a fall after two minutes to end the dual.

The Midgets were stoic in their victory, quickly rolling up the mats and getting prepared for the following day, heading north 35 miles to Killdeer to once again face South Border and 18 other programs.

"We hope to compete at the end of the day," Conrad said. "It will be nice as the last time before the postseason for the kids to get 3, 4, or 5 matches in a day. The goal tomorrow is to win a belt buckle. We had two seniors last year win belt buckles for winning their weight class and I think a lot of these boys would like to win their own tomorrow."