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Wrestling opens with ‘battle’ in Velva

By Staff | Dec 13, 2019

Sue Sitter/PCT Rugby’s Brady Volk (left) grapples with Tate Hoggarth, of Carrington, at the Velva Invitational.

The Rugby High School varsity wrestling team opened their season at Velva High School last weekend when they participated in the Velva Invitational.

“We had a really good tournament. The kids battled all the way through and that’s what we were looking for because we can improve on that,” said Coach Craig Zachmeier after the last Rugby wrestler competed.

Rugby High wrestlers placed sixth overall among the 17 participating teams.

Zachmeier said he was pleased with the results, which saw two Rugby wrestlers win second place in their weight divisions.

Zachmeier said the opener gave him and coaching staff Brad Jundt and Jeff Stewart a baseline to work from.

“That’s what we’re looking for is to get into shape, learn how to wrestle and keep improving,” Zachmeier said.

Like teams in other RHS sports this year, the Panther wrestlers are younger. Only one team member, Brady Volk, is a senior.

“They’re talented,” Zachmeier said of this year’s Panthers. “We’re lucky to have them. We’re excited about the future, we’re excited about the rest of the year.”

Freshmen Bryson Amyotte and John Jundt both placed seventh in their weight classes, with Amyotte competing in the 120-pound division and Jundt competing in the 126-pound division. Jundt defeated Stanley’s Justin Germundson by a 9-5 decision.

Brenden Kleespie, another freshman, won the 132-pound sixth place match after Minot’s Deandre Maldonado was injured and transported to a medical facility.

Sophomore Riley Odden took second place in the 138-pound division after a 3-1 decision gave the round to Keyton Meiers of Stanley.

Two Panther wrestlers placed in the 160-pound division. Freshman Isaac Christenson defeated Northern Lights’ Kelvin Keplin by fall in one minute for seventh place. Brady Volk took second place when Tate Hoggarth of Carrington defeated him by major decision in the first place round.

Junior Cole Schneibel took fourth place in the 285-pound division after a 6-1 decision to Velva’s Jeimiah Jespersen.

The Panthers held their home opener Thursday in the RHS gym and traveled to Kenmare Friday. Results from those tournaments will appear in next week’s Tribune.

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