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A last second win . . . Winning the match 7-5
in the final seconds, Alex Giese (right) of Kenmare
faced Arturo Delacruz from Grafton.
By Ben James
Alex Giese, 170 lbs. entered the tournament paired against sixth seeded Michael Oien of Linton for his first match. Alex upset the seeded wrestler with a pin in the second period, setting him up with third seeded and eventual second place winner Dylan Bowen from Hillsboro-Central Valley. Alex lost that match by fall in the second period.
In the consolation bracket Alex met Carson Schell of Minot Ryan, in a match where Alex injured his knee, and the only points scored were matching penalties, tying the match, resulting in overtime. Alex won that match with a takedown in sudden victory, 3-1, setting him up with Nathan Schmaltz of Velva.
Alex was pinned early in the second period. His next match was for seventh place, against Arturo Delacruz of Grafton, which he won in an exciting fashion in the last seconds by a score of 7-5.
Other wrestlers competing in the tournament were;
Tanner Egeberg, 126 lbs. lost his first match to seventh seeded and eventual second place Codi Tomac of Hettinger, his second match ended with a loss to Stanley’s Derrick Erie.
Xavier Maureaux, 132 lbs. lost his first match to sixth seeded Joel Weber of South Border, in his next match, he was awarded the win by medical default over Hettinger’s Braxon Yates. His last match was lost to Carson Koble of Harvey in the consolation quarter finals.
Ty Jesz 160 lbs. lost to sixth seeded Joe Nelson of Watford City in his first match. His second match was also a loss, to Dillan Jepson of Killdeer by major decision.
Kenmare’s wrestling team gained valuable experience at state this year and has a foundation to build on for next year.