Perham, MN leads after the first day of action at the Rumble on the Red varsity tournament in the Fargodome. The Yellow Jackets amassed 98.5 points through the quarterfinals, good enough for a 16 point cushion over second place Scott West with 82.5. Seventh place Bismarck High is the lone North Dakota team in the top ten. The Demons sit just ten points behind Scott West with 72 and put eight wrestler through to day two. Three Bismarck High wrestlers; Christian Tanefeu (106), Ryan Ripplinger (138), and Chase Dockter (285) advanced to tomorrow morning’s semifinals with a chance at an individual title.
In total, 13 North Dakotans are still alive for individual championships, Bismarck High, Bismarck St. Mary’s Central, and New Salem are the only schools boasting multiple semifinalists. New Salem equaled Bismarck with three semifinalist in Clay Gerhardt (120), Tayt Wolding (126), and Chauncey Dittus (145), while the combo of Reece Barnhardt (120) and Drew Steidler remain undefeated on the season at 120 and 132 respectively for St. Mary’s Central. In tomorrow’s semifinal round, Wolding will face off against Bismarck Century’s #1 ranked Clay Radenz. The winner will likely get his shot at Hettinger’s Kyle Burwick. Burwick scored a 17-0 technical fall in the quarterfinals.
Jamestown’s Aden Braun scored a big win in the 106 pound quarterfinals 6-4 over #1 ranked (AA) Owen Werner of Perham. Braun was seed seventh and Werner second.
Hillsboro Central Valley’s Mark Hastings advanced to the semifinals with a 5-2 over Jon Huss of Scott West. Hastings will have nationally ranked Zach Glazier of Albert Lea Area in tomorrow’s semifinal.
Legacy’s Matt Kaylor made quick work of his competition to this point in the 195 pound bracket. Kaylor score two first period falls and a 12-0 major decision in advancing to the semifinals.
The major story of day one was the weather, which forced some thirty teams to back out in what projected to be the best field in the history of the tournament.