B-H Wrestling places seven
By Jarann Johnson
Jeremy Leintz had a solid day once again but came just short of a tournament title. Leintz won his first two matches of the tournament with pins but faced a tougher challenge in the semifinals.
Leintz faced Region 2’s second-best 113 wrestler, Braydin Jangula, Napoleon, in the semifinals and grabbed a close 5-4 win. Then Leintz had one of his biggest matches of the year against Region 2’s top wrestler, Brandon Oien, Oaks.
Oien entered the match undefeated and left that way as well. Leintz couldn’t figure out a way to grab a point to tie the match and fell 4-3.
Josh Snyder, 138, suffered a similar fate to Leintz. Snyder won his first two matches in dominant fashion – a tech fall and major – and faced a little bit of a test in the semifinals. Snyder defeated Region 4 rival Matt Carlson, Bowman, 6-3.
In the championship match Snyder was put up against Caleb Dorich, LaMoure. Dorich, ranked 2nd in Region 1, didn’t let Snyder gain a mental advantage in the potential state-placing match, winning 8-5.
The string of second places continued for H-B at 182. Justice Roundy, 182, got to the championship with a first-round 62-second pin and a dramatic 6-4 overtime win over Jordan Will, Bishop Ryan, in the semifinals.
Will, the No.1-ranked wrestler in Region 3, gave Roundy a tough challenge, but Riley Lura, Carrington, was a tough task in the finals. Lura, ranked third in Region 3 at 195, came down to 182 for the tournament and may stay at that weight after collecting champion honors against Roundy.
Lura won 3-0 in the finals, keeping H-B from getting at least one tournament champion at the two-day tournament.
H-B’s last hope for a tournament champion was Isaac Ripplinger. The senior 220 wrestler got off to a good start with a 61-second pin over Britten Staskwicz, Des Lacs-Burlington, but couldn’t keep it going.