B-H places seven in Linton
By Jarann Johnson
The Beulah-Hazen wrestling team went to their first two-day tournament of the season last weekend. The Beulah-Hazen wrestling team went to the Linton Holiday Tournament and came away with seven tournament placers and a third-place team showing.
There was a bit of a let-down for Beulah-Hazen, though, because none of the tournament placers took first place. The dry streak in the finals started with Jeremy Leintz, junior.
Leintz wrestled at 113 in the tournament and met up with a familiar foe in the finals. Before Leintz got to the finals he faced Ty Thompson, Linton-HMB, and won a major decision 17-4.
Leintz won his semifinals match over Region 4 rival Alex Madrigal 7-3. The level of competition was obvious because it was the first time this season Leintz reached a tournament final without a pin.
In the finals, Leintz met up with Kyle Burwick, Hettinger-Scranton. Burwick is the wrestler who defeated Leintz in the state finals last year.
The duo added another chapter to their rivalry with Leintz falling by one take-down, 3-1. Leintz finished in second place.
The only other Beulah-Hazen wrestler to make the finals was Alex Barbion (195). Barbion looked poised to continue his undefeated season with a 2-minute and 45-second pin in his opening match over Wyatt Nitschke, Edgeley-Kulm.
The semifinals didn’t offer Barbion much of a challenge either. Barbion won 12-1 over Tyrell Larson, Carrington, 12-1, but the finals were much tougher.
Barbion got into an offensive match with Jordan Will, Bishop Ryan. Will, a state-placer at 182 last season, didn’t relent during the match and won 14-8. The loss pushed Barbion’s season record to 15-1.
Josh Snyder, senior, was close to making the finals at 145 and took third at the tournament. Snyder won his first match 10-3 over Dillon Ost, Oakes, but was stopped in the second match by Colton Miller, Des Lacs-Burlington.
Miller won 4-1 over Snyder. Snyder went 4-0 in consolation wrestling to earn third place honors, including winning a rematch with Miller, 5-1.