Wrestlers place at Kenmare tourney
The Rugby High School Wrestling team took fourth, behind Stanley, Velva and Des Lacs-Burlington, at a tournament in Kenmare.
Individually, Riley Zachmeier took second place, Joey Berg took fourth, Dylan Grove took third, and Kaden Jaeger and D.J. Schneibel both took second, respectively.
Normally wrestling at a 106 weight class, Zachmeier moved up to 113 for the weekend. He beat DLB’s Jacob Skar by fall to get to the championship round, but then lost by a 5-3 decision to Stanley’s Kaden Meiers.
Berg – who was out the day before due to a hamstring injury suffered in a previous outing – defeated Grafton’s Dalton Hannesson by major decision in the consolation semifinal round for the 126 weight class. He then lost to Velva’s Michael Thomas in a third-place matchup.
At 138, Grove defeated Kenmare-Bowbells Levi Young by fall for a third place finish. In the previous round he lost to Velva’s Elijah Hackman.
At 145, Jaeger lost by major decision to DLB’s Colton Miller in the final round. To get there, Jaeger beat Mondak Thunder’s Jerimiah Paine by fall.
At 195, Schneibel defeated Mondak Thunder’s Cole Berg by fall. His only loss on the tournament came from Velva’s Justin Helseth.
Other match winners for Rugby were Nathaniel Johnson (106), Brady Volk (120), Collin Kraft (160) and Spencer Koehmstedt (285).
The day before, Rugby defeated Northern Lights, 35-27, and lost to Bishop Ryan, 65-15, in a triangular in Rolla.
Zachmeier won both his matches that evening, defeating Bishop Ryan’s Connor Ledoux by fall and Northern Lights’ John Lunday 16-0 by technical fall.
Koehmstedt also won both his matches on the night, defeating Nathan Lee (220-Bishop Ryan) by decision and Northern Lights’ Max Defender by fall.
Grove and Jaeger defeated their opponents from Northern Lights but lost to their opponents from Bishop Ryan.
Rugby wrestling head coach Craig Zachmeier said the team has been struggling with confidence and consistency so far this season.
“We took multiple losses this week that we should have never taken,” Coach Zachmeier said. “We were technically and physically better, yet certain wrestlers did not go out with confidence or the will to win, which resulted in losing to an opponent which we were far superior, except for the mental toughness. This is the mental aspect of the sport that each athlete has to improve upon individually. This is also the most difficult fundamental task to coach.”
Rugby wrestlers are competing today in Linton.
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