Zachmeier Stands High On the Podium
Rugby High School freshman wrestler Riley Zachmeier set his goals high, which paid off in the end with Zachmeier earning second at the State Class B Individual Wrestling Tournament held last week in Fargo. This was the highest place of a Rugby wrestler since former Panther wrestler Garret Thompson placed 2nd in 2008.
At 106 pounds, Riley Zachmeier started strong with a pin in his first round defeating Region 2 champion Carrington’s Tate Hogarth. Followed by defeating Region 4 champion Mason Defoe (Hettinger-Scranton) by a 5-2 decision and in the quarterfinals winning by a 14-4 major decision over the #1 seed and Region 1 champion Coy Awender (Oakes). Zachmeier took second losing to Tayt Wolding (New Salem-Amont) by a 6-2 decision in the championship. Zachmeier finished the season with a 44 and 6 record. Coach Craig Zachmeier said “Riley wrestled tough and technical at the state tournament. I wish he had that finals match back as Riley was better than Wolding, it was just Wolding’s night.”
Kaden Jaeger who wrestled in the 138-pound weight class took eighth in the tournament, earning him a spot on the podium as well. Jaeger pinned Elliot Dockter (Harvey-Wells County) in the first round, but was pinned by eventual state champion Bradyn Horgan (Pembina County North) in the quarterfinals. Jaeger defeated Jacob Scheer (Beulah-Hazen) by major decision and then lost to Nathan Weigel (Napoleon) by a 10-5 decision. Jaeger lost to Kindred’s Trace Bakke by 8-6 decision in the 7th place match.
Also wrestling at state for Rugby were Joey Berg (126), Dylan Grove (132) and Spencer Koehmstedt (220). For more state wrestling results, see this week’s scoreboard (page 8). Coach Zachmeier “Overall I was extremely disappointed with the team’s performance at both the regional and state tournaments. They need to realize their talent levels and get the mentality to go out to win instead of trying not to lose. The preparation for next season needs to start immediately if the wrestlers want a different result.”
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