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Bishop Ryan wrestling wins Rugby, Northern Lights triangular

By Staff | Dec 15, 2017

Rugby's Joey Berg in a match Thursday at the Bishop Ryan Triangular. Berg defeated Bishop Ryan's Kaleb Beeter in a 10-5 decision. Rugby fell to Bishop Ryan 51-20. Ashton Gerard/MDN

The Bishop Ryan Lions came out big with two wins, one over Northern Lights and the other over Rugby, Thursday night (Dec. 7) at their home triangular. Northern Lights was able to split with a win over Rugby. The Panthers went home Thursday with a lot to work on moving forward.

Bishop Ryan had some big performances tonight, but also has some work to do. The Lions beat Northern Lights 48-21 and Rugby 38-28.

“We left a couple matches out there that I thought we could’ve won,” Bishop Ryan head coach Steve Lipp said. “The actual matches that were wrestled tonight were closer duals and our guys need to learn from some of those things.”

To begin the Bishop Ryan-Northern Lights dual, Ryan eighth-grader Wesley Harvey made a big effort but couldn’t overtake Northern Lights’ Jacob Hudson. The pair went the distance, with Hudson winning by decision (13-12).

Lions with pins against Northern Lights included sophomore Kersey Harris, Connor Ledoux, Ethan Winick, Hayden Schall and JJ Johannesen.

Lipp said Harris was wrestling through a shoulder injury and was pleased when he came out with a nice pin.

“I feel like I was solid,” Bishop Ryan senior JJ Johannesen said. “Rugby and Northern Lights are both solid teams, it felt good to beat both of them.”

Every match that went the distance for the Lions, they fell to Northern Lights. The closest decision was that of Hudson over Harvey.

In the final match between Ryan’s Brenden Daves and Northern Lights’ Alex Charatte, neither athlete seemed to be able to make any moves keeping it a low scoring match. Charatte had some good takedowns to earn him five points, while Daves only earned one.

Overall, the Lions were able to take down Northern Lights 48 to 21.

Although Rugby had fewer kids, many of the Rugby-Bishop Ryan dual matches went the distance or close to it.

“We need a lot of improvement,” Rugby head coach Craig Zachmeier said. “There’s strong points with every one of the kids, it’s just that we can’t be making the mistakes that they’re making.”

Zachmeier said once the guys got to the third round, they just couldn’t hold on against the Lions. “We gotta work on conditioning, evidently,” he added.

Rugby earned 20 points against the Lions, six of which coming from forfeit.

Rugby’s Riley Zachmeier had a technical finish against the Lions’ Jaeger Lundeen with a score of 18-2 finishing at 3:34. Panther’s Aeden Jensen was able to pin Ethan Winick at 3:43.

Bishop Ryan’s points, 30 of which coming from forfeit, were mostly pins. Wesley Harvey, Hayden Schall, and Johannsen snagged the pins while Murphy Lipp went to decision.

Coach Steve Lipp said Murphy Lipp’s wrestling went well, he is working his way down to wrestle at 126 and wrestled a true 145-pounder, according to Coach Lipp, and under those circumstances was really impressed with Murphy Lipp’s performance.

“We lost some matches tonight against kids we beat earlier in the year and we just have to make sure we watch the films and we learn from it,” Steve Lipp said.

“They were both challenging matches,” Johannesen said. “You can never count someone out so you have to wrestle your hardest every time.”

David Schneibel Jr. opened the Rugby-Northern Lights dual with a pin for Rugby. Other successful wrestlers for Rugby against Northern Lights included Riley Zachmeier, Joey Berg and Dylan Grove.

Ultimately, Rugby could not hold their own as Northern Lights won 38-28.

Gerard is a staff writer for the Minot Daily News.

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