February 11, 2015

B-H wrestling starts postseason

By Jarann Johnson

The goal was simple Saturday afternoon in Hettinger – to be one of the last two teams standing. How a team got there was irrelevant, all that mattered was being one of the two teams from Region 4 to advance to the Class B state dual tournament in Fargo.
The Beulah-Hazen wrestling team and Hettinger were the two teams left standing after a full day of wrestling. For Hettinger getting there was simple – they beat both of the teams they faced in the Region 4 dual tournament.
B-H had the more difficult path with three close matches that tested their mental fortitude and bodies. In the opening dual against Hettinger, B-H wasn’t in a good place to start and trailed 32-0.
Tyler Erickson (145) got his team three points with an 8-4 win over Logan Lachowitzer (Hett.) to get his team on the scoreboard. Erickson used most of his strength during the match and appeared fatigued at the end of the match.
Erickson’s impressive win didn’t fully rally B-H though. Hettinger grabbed a pin at 152 and looked well in control of the dual, up 38-3.
The second half of the dual went 100 percent B-H’s way. B-H won four consecutive matches – three with pins and one via forfeit – making the score 38-33 with one match left to decide the match.
Isaac Ripplinger (B-H) and Colbey Steeke (Hett.) met in a matchup of both teams’ top heavy weight wrestlers. Ripplinger needed a major, tech fall, or pin to give his team a win and Steeke needed to avoid giving up any big points in the match.

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