At Saturday’s start there were 11. But by 3 that afternoon, Beulah-Hazen was down to six wrestlers still alive. The veterans, and a few youngsters, showed promise as the Miners will send a six-pack of grapplers to the Class B State Wrestling Tournament in Fargo Thursday through Saturday.
Hazen meet Myles Tomlinson. The Turtle Lake-Mercer forward came off the bench to provide a spark Jan. 26. Despite 24 points from playmaker Grant Singer, the Trojans supporting cast of the 5-foot-11 sophomore along with his accomplice Adam Peltier, made the difference down the stretch for the 69-55 win.
Hazen boys basketball coach Randy Johnson knew even before the Center-Stanton team got off the bus Dec. 15 what the game plan was. The Wildcats would work their offense around 6-foot-1 guard Shae Brown. The senior had a hand in either the beginning or more often the end of the offense.
The weekend didn’t go quite as planned for co-coach Shawn Voigt as the Beulah-Hazen wrestlers packed up to leave the state over the weekend. The trip included some less than ideal weather, confusion with hotel reservations that resulted in more map time then anticipated and the state’s best pizza. Through it all the veteran coach said they young squad learned a lot about team bonding and wrestling.