Big guys medal at Linton Holiday wrestling tourney
By Jay Davis
Tiger big guys Chase Schoenhard and Brett Lang placed at the Linton Holiday Tournament in Linton, N.D., on Friday and Saturday.
Schoenhard ran his early-season record to 8-2 by taking third place at 195 pounds. He opened his weekend with a pair of wins, pinning Tristin Martin of Larimore (all towns in tourney are North Dakota except Mobridge-Pollock and Faulkton Area) and Evan Mellmer of Beulah-Hazen. He ran into eventual champion Nicholas Becker of Napoleon in the semifinals and was handed a 12-4 defeat. Schoenhard caught a breather in his next match as Josh Voigt of Lamoure had to default because of injury. Schoenhard then won a hard-fought 9-7 decision over Colby Steeke of Hettinger in the third-place match.
To understand the quality of wrestling at the Linton Tournament, here are the records of Schoenhard’s last four wrestlers. Becker is 12-1, Mellmer 14-3, Steeke 13-3 and Voigt 13-5 (including the two default losses after his injury).
Lang took seventh at 220 pounds. He won his opener by pinning Tyrell Larsen of Carrington, but was pinned by second-place finisher Josh Gapp of May-Port-CG. A pin over Greg Lahlum of Lamoure put Lang in medal contention. He lost a tough 5-3 match to Isaac Ripplinger of Beulah-Hazen to advance before pinning Larsen for a second time in the seventh-place match. Lang’s two losses were to 13-3 Gapp and 20-3 Ripplinger.
No other Tiger managed more than one win.
Jaden Madison picked up a win at 138 pounds when he defeated Adam Anderson of Faulkton Area by a 14-3 major decision. The wrestlers who defeated him finished second and fourth.
Dalton Martian won his middle match at 182 pounds. Martian pinned George Gardiner of May-Port-CG. The wrestlers beating Martian took second and sixth.
Justin Nobles at 106, Bray Harrison at 132, Killian Warner at 152, Joseph Avalos at 170 and Quinten Fish at 285 had 0-2 tournaments.
The Tigers scored 36 points and finished 16th out of 24 teams.
The Tigers will compete in the Webster wrestling tournament on Saturday. The action begins at 9:30 a.m. Last season Schoenhard won the title, while Madison placed third and Lang took fourth in Webster. Injured Tiger David Jensen also took third.
Linton Holiday Tournament
Team points: Carrington 232.5, South Border 188.5, Oakes, 172, Napoleon 147.5, Bishop Ryan 135, Hettinger 104, Linton-HMB 95.5, Des Lacs Burlington 81, Faulkton Area 81, Beulah-Hazen 67.5, Bowman County 59, Larimore 52, May-Port-CG 50, Harvey 46.5, Lamoure 38, Mobridge-Pollock 36, Rugby 32, Kindred 30.5, Velva 30.5, Kenmare-Bowbells 16, Rolla 16, Standing Rock 12, New Salem 10.5, Mondak Thunder 0.
106: Justin Nobles (2-6): was pinned by Zach Broadwell, Carrington, :49; was defeated by Dominick Harrison, Standing Rock, 5-2.
132: Bray Harrison (4-6): was pinned by Chaz Bauer, Carrington, 2:56; was pinned by Robert Finneseth, Velva, 2:53.
138: Jaden Madison (7-6): was pinned by Jonathan Grunefelder, Napoleon, 1:55; defeated Adam Anderson, Faulkton Area, major decision 14-3; was pinned by Carson Koble, Harvey, 2:00.
152: Killian Warner (3-6): was pined by Riley Potter, Faulkton Area, 3:06; was defeated by Logan Lachowitz, Hettinger, 6-3.
170: Joseph Avalos (4-6): was pinned by Alex Giese, Kenmare-Bowbells, 3:32; was pinned by Jacob Schalesky, Hettinger, 1:34.
182: Dalton Martian (4-6): was defeated by Riley Lura, Carrington, tech fall 22-7; pinned George Gardiner, May-Port-GC, 4:37; was defeated by Jordan Will, Bishop Ryan, 9-2.
195: Chase Schoenhard (8-2) third place: pinned Tristin Martin, Larimore, 1:48; pinned Evan Mellmer, Beulah-Hazen, 2:42; was defeated by Nicholas Becker, Napoleon, major decision, 12-4; defeated Josh Voigt, Lamoure, injury default; defeated Colby Steeke, Hettinger, 9-7
220: Brett Lang (6-5) seventh: pinned Tyrell Larsen, Carrington, 1:25; was pinned by Josh Gapp, May-Port-CG, 1:49; pinned Greg Lahlum, Lamoure, 1:30; was defeated by Isaac Ripplinger, Beulah-Hazen, 5-3; pinned Larsen, , 4:21.
285: Quinten Fish (0-4): was pinned by Richard Rico, South Border, 3:12; was pinned by Paul Kurtti, Rolla, 2:34.