Wrestling starts season
By Jarann Johnson
The Hazen-Beulah wrestling program started off their season last week at the New Town Early Bird tournament. Overall, the tournament went well for Beulah-Hazen, collecting four first-place finishes.
Brandon Snyder, eighth-grader, wrestled well in the 106 bracket. Snyder started the season off with an 18-second pin against Logan Berg, MonDak. Snyder kept the pins coming in his second match, with a 3:03 pin over DJ Martian, Bowman County.
Snyder couldn’t keep the pins coming in his third match, but still won 10-6 over Liam Shannon, Watford City. Snyder won his last match of the tourney in dominant fashion, collecting a technical fall over Dawson Seesing, Stanley, 17-2.
Jeremy Leintz, a Class B runner-up last season, started the season with a strong showing. Leintz collected two pins to claim the championship.
Leintz’s first pin was recorded in 1:25 over Jake Leppell, Watford City, and his second pin was recorded in 57 seconds over Kaydin Meyers, Stanley. Leintz’ crown at 113 was a great start to the season for the state-known wrestler.
Tyler Erickson, junior starter at 152, kept the string of pins going for Beulah-Hazen. Erickson collected two pins on his way to first-place honors.
Erickson’s first pin took 41 seconds, and his second pin took 1:34. The only match Erickson didn’t earn a pin in was his semifinal win over Kamrin Madrigal, Bowman County, which Erickson won 16-7.
Alex Barbion, junior starter at 195, is another one of Beulah-Hazen’s state-known wrestlers. Barbion is well-known for his upset win last season at the Class B state tournament, and this year it appears as though the talented big guy is looking to create more damage.
Barbion had no trouble in his first four matches, collecting pins in each match. The championship match was a bit more of a challenge for Barbion.
Barbion faced Region 4 rival Kobe Murphy, Standing Rock, and needed overtime to collect a win. Barbion got a sudden victory take down to win the match 11-9 and claim first place.
The other well-known big guy for Beulah-Hazen is Denzel Sanders, a state-placer last year. Sanders pinned all his opponents at the tournament.
Sanders pinned Bronson Flynn, New Town, in his first match of the season in 2:19 and pinned Jackson Faller, Watford City, in 4:44 during his second match. Sanders won his championship match over Garrett Hoelscher, Stanley, in 3:55 with a pin.