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Best wrestlers in state come to Rugby

By Staff | Jan 10, 2014

Rugby High School will showcase some of the best wrestlers in the state today as the Panthers host 20 others teams in the second day of the school’s invitational.

The lineup reads like a who’s who in Class B: No. 1 Carrington, No. 2 South Border, No. 3 North Border. Class A Turtle Mountain will also compete.

“It’s gonna be some premiere wrestling in the state coming to Rugby at the right time of year as we’re gearing toward the state tournament,” RHS coach Craig Zachmeier said. “We’re getting better during the year now to mastering the skills, working hard and trying to get the bump on our opponents, and it’s gonna be a good measuring stick of where we’re at.”

The Panthers are eager to welcome back Bennie Mygland, a 152-pound junior, who will wrestle for the first time this season as he recovers from a knee injury.

“Now we can work on his conditioning,” Zachmeier said. “He’s testing his knee out, so the mental part of the injury we’re working through it.”

Eighth-grader Kaeden Jaeger (126) will get a second chance at Linton-HMB senior Chase Jacobs, who took third last year at the state tournament. Jacobs pinned Jaeger earlier this season in a match the young Panther controlled for the majority.

“Our younger kids are starting to peak,” Zachmeier said. “They’re starting to compete with these state-championship quality wrestlers.”

Junior Reid Mundahl (145) is also expected to go deep in his bracket.

“He gets better and better and better, so the kids are improving from match to match to match and that’s what we want to see,” Zachmeier said.

Senior heavyweight Alex Senger decided to quit wrestling, according to Zachmeier, so a much-anticipated match with No. 1-ranked Mason Kramer of Bishop Ryan won’t happen.

The action starts at 9 a.m. at RHS.

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