January 14, 2015

Wrestling does well at big meet

Places four wrestlers
By Jarann Johnson
The Beulah-Hazen wrestling team participated in the Bismarck Rotary Invitational last weekend. The two-day tournament draws a lot of high-quality teams, which results in a state tournament-like environment.
B-H proved that they look ready to prove themselves on the big state stage by producing four varsity placers at the meet: Jeremy Leintz (106), Josh Snyder (138), Justice Roundy (182), and Denzel Sanders (285).
Leintz got off to a good start with two wins against Class A wrestlers to start the day. Leintz pinned Kellen Kliner, Fargo North, in 1 minute and 34 seconds and earned an 11-4 win over Justin Harms, West Fargo.
Leintz’s strong start was ended by an out-of-state wrestler. Spencer Stockman, Rapid City (S.D.) Stevens, earned an 11-1 major over Leintz forcing B-H’s sophomore lightweight into the consolation bracket. Stockman went on to earn fourth place.
Leintz won his first consolation match in an intense early season test. Leintz faced off against the No. 4 wrestler in the state polls at 106, Carrington’s Lucas Geisler. Leintz won the important early season match 5-4, but couldn’t hold his excitement for long.
Leintz had to face off against another Class A wrestler in his second consolation match, against Bismarck’s Ryan Ripplinger. Ripplinger won the match 8-3, sending Leintz into the 7th place match.
Leintz once again had a tough opponent for his final match of the tournament, facing another out-of-state wrestler. Leintz didn’t let Watertown’s (S.D.) Tim Lawrence top him and grabbed an 8-3 win.

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