B-H places two at prestigious tourney
By Jarann Johnson
The Beulah-Hazen wrestling team traveled to Fargo last week for the prestigious Rumble on the Red tournament. The two-day tournament featured 68 teams with wrestlers from five different states: Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
Beulah-Hazen produced two varsity placers at the large tournament and one junior varsity placer. The varsity team took 27th with 66 team points, which put them in the top half.
Beulah-Hazen received strong days from Jeremy Leintz (113) and Alex Barbion (220). Both wrestlers took fifth place overall.
Leintz started the tournament with an open round bye but didn’t waste time in the second round showing his skill. Leintz pinned Jack Johnson-McPherson (Eagan, Minn.) in 3 minutes and 21 seconds.
The third round of the tournament was more challenging for Leintz, but again he seemed determined to remind Minnesotans what they were getting into when they crossed the Red River state boundary.
Leintz narrowly topped Tom Adir (White Bear Lake, Minn.) by one point 3-2. White Bear Lake is a school with 2,000-plus students.
In the quarterfinals Leintz was finally displaced by a Minnesota wrestler. Zac Spohn (Sauk Rapids-Rice, Minn.) won the match in overtime with a take down 6-4. The loss sent Leintz to the consolation bracket.
Leintz wrestled well in the consolation bracket, pinning Jacob Goldberg (Lakeville North, Minn.) in 1:23, and topping Justin Stauffacher (Scott West) 5-3. Leintz’s victories lifted him to the consolation semifinals, but a familiar face was awaiting him.
Leintz met up with reigning Region 4 and state champ Kyle Burwick (Hettinger-Scranton). Burwick wrestled a defensively flawless match, giving up 0 points and winning 3-0.
Burwick went on to take fourth in the tournament, dropping a 3-2 decision to Joe Peterson (Albert Lea, Minn.). Leintz didn’t end his match on a sour note though, he ended the tournament with vengeance.
Spohn, the wrestler who sent Leintz into the consolation bracket, was his fifth place match opponent. Leintz won the match 9-5 to avenge his fourth-round loss.
Beulah-Hazen’s other varsity placer at the tournament started out really strong, too. Barbion was on a mission during the early matches of the tournament, pinning three straight opponents.
Barbion pinned his first opponent – Dylan Mill (Forrest Lake, Minn.) – in 1:21, then took out Matt Myhre (Minneota, Minn.) in 3:25 and, in the third round, Phil Walter (Bismarck Century) felt Barbion’s wrath 3:07 into the match.