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Published July 25 2010

Emerging rivalry doesn't disappoint at USA Wrestling tournament

Alex Dieringer and Dylan Ness have built up quite a wrestling rivalry this summer.

However, Dieringer earned bragging rights on Saturday.

The Wisconsin senior defeated Minnesota’s Ness for the 145-pound title of the USA Wrestling Junior Nationals freestyle tournament at the Fargodome.

“We just started talking a lot this year because he’s always been a different weight than me,” said Dieringer, who also beat Ness in April for the Junior National folkstyle title. “Now we’re at the same weight so we got to know each other. … I was wrestling good this whole tournament so I knew that I could do it.”

Dieringer and Ness entered the tournament with impeccable wrestling resumes.

Dieringer was the 130-pound Cadet Greco-Roman and 135-pound Cadet freestyle champion last year. He has earned two state high school championships at Port Washington.

Dieringer defeated Ness 6-5 to earn this year’s folkstyle crown. A senior this season, Dieringer said he’s narrowed his college choices to Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Central Michigan, Arizona State, Old Dominion and North Carolina.

The brother of 133-pound NCAA Division I national champion Jayson Ness of University of Minnesota, Dylan earned this year’s Junior Nationals Greco-Roman championship.

He was named that tournament’s outstanding wrestler.

The University of Minnesota recruit won the Minnesota 145-pound state title last season as a senior at Bloomington Kennedy.

Dylan said his goal is to make an even bigger impact at Minnesota than his brother.

Jayson Ness finished 31-0 in his final season with the Gophers last year. He was named the NCAA tournament’s most outstanding wrestler.

Jayson also earned the Hodge Trophy as the nation’s most dominant wrestler.

“He influenced me to be better because I want to be better than him,” Dylan said of his brother. “That’s the goal for me as a little brother. He’s helped me a lot physically and mentally. My goals is to be where he’s been and hopefully do it better.”

Ness battled back from his loss in the folkstyle tournament with a 1-0, 2-1 win against Dieringer in June in the Freestyle Junior Duals in Oklahoma.

But Dieringer said he was confident he could win the freestyle tournament and tip the rivalry in his favor.

“He’s a really good wrestler and a pretty good friend,” he said. “I just went out there and wrestled my best.”


1st: Garelli, Ilinois, Raghunandan, New York, 3-1, 6-0. 3rd: Howell, Missouri, tech fall, Moody, Illinois, 7-1, 6-0. 5th: Rosenberg, New Jersey, dec. Dorrell, Missouri, 9-3, 2-0. 7th: Tobin, Oregon, dec. Fresh, Iowa, 1-1, 4-1, 6-0.


Spencer, Connecticut, dec. Navejas, Washington, 1-1, 3-1. 3rd: Wigger, South Carolina, tech fall Gagner, Montana, 7-1, 6-0. 5th: Lombardo, Oklahoma, fall Marin, California, 0:32. 7th: Knight, Iowa, dec. Bedard, North Carolina, 4-0, 0-7, 1-1.


Rodriguez, Michigan, dec. Silver, Maryland, 0-6, 6-2, 7-0. 3rd: Peters, Iowa, Elmore, Illinois, 0-7, 3-2, 3-0. 5th: Clark, Iowa, dec. Kingsley, Minnesota, 1-0, 3-0. 7th: Fraley, New Jersey, dec. Garrett, California, 6-0, 10-5.


1st: Carson Kuhn, Utah, dec. Weber, Wisconsin, 2-0, 4-0. 3rd: Dixon, Missouri, dec. Hall, Florida, 1-0, 1-0. 5th: Deutsch, New Jersey, dec. Friedman, Maryland, 1-1, 2-3, 1-0. 7th: Youtsey, Michigan, dec. DeVos, Iowa, 1-0, 1-0.


Klimara, Illinois, dec. Horan, Pennsylvania, 0-2, 3-1, 2-0. 3rd: Brewer, Missouri, dec. Norstrem, Florida, 3-1, 7-2. 5th: Grey, New Jersey, dec. Morgan, Minnesota, 0-1, 3-0, 6-0. 7th: Rollins, North Dakota, injury default.


1st: Liberatore, Florida, dec. Kelliher, Minnesota, 5-2, 2-1. 3rd: Jauch, Illinois, dec. Ferman, Oklahoma, 2-0, 8-7. 5th: Gosinski, Illinois, dec. Jackson, Michigan, 8-4, 6-8, 3-1. 7th: Preston, New Jersey, tech fall Garbinsky, Pennsylvania, 7-0, 6-0.


1st: Ormsbee, New Jersey, dec. Wilbourn, Missouri, 2-0, 5-2. 3rd: Tsirtsis, Indiana, dec. Moeder, Kansas, 4-0, 1-1, 7-0. 5th: Pinero, Louisiana, dec. Charbonneau, Kansas, 3-2, 6-0. 7th: Sueflohn, Wisconsin, dec. Nelson, Minnesota, 5-0, 7-0.


1st: Ballweg, Iowa, dec. Cooper, Illinois, 1-0, 7-0. 3rd: Dardanes, Illinois, dec. Morrissey, Wisconsin, 5-0, 5-0. 5th: Ozias, Maryland, tech fall Cimato, Pennsylvania, 6-0, 7-0. 7th: Butler, Illinois, fall Ownbey, North Carolina, ) 0:22.


1st: Dieringer, Wisconsin, dec. Ness, Minnesota, 6-4, 1-2, 6-5. 3rd: Friedley, Missouri, dec. Mayolo, Washington, 6-3, 9-1. 5th: Kloetzer, Idaho, dec. Carlson, Alabama, 7-0, 1-0. 7th: Pickett, Virginia, injury default.


1st: McCauley, Minnesota, dec. Hickman, California, 3-1, 6-0. 3rd: Massa, Michigan, dec. White, Oklahoma, 5-1, 6-0. 5th: Perkins, Nebraska, tech fall Nelson, California, 6-0, 10-2. 7th: McCulley, Wyoming, tech fall Gray, Wisconsin, 8-2, 6-0.


1st: Moore, Iowa, fall Kokesh, South Dakota, 1:38. 3rd: Kelly, Iowa, dec. Keogh, Minnesota, 3-0, 6-0. 5th: Figaro, Florida, dec. Crutchmer, Oklahoma, 3-3, 7-0. 7th: Thomas, Michigan, injury default.


1st: Storley, South Dakota, dec. 2-1, 4-2. 3rd: McPeek, Texas, injury default. 5th: England, Iowa, fall Rhoads, Missouri, 1:59. 7th: Waste, Minnesota, dec. Klapprodt, South Dakota, 7-0, 4-1.


1st: McIntosh, California, fall Riley, Iowa, 1:10. 3rd: Marsden, Illinois, dec. Beckwith, New York, 3-0, 2-1. 5th: Peterson, Wisconsin, dec. Santoro, Illinois, 3-2, 6-0. 7th: Morehead, California, fall Korb, Ohio, 0:35.


1st: Hall, Idaho, fall Krumwiede, Iowa, 0:38. 3rd: Gwiazdowski, New York, dec. Schiller, North Dakota, 3-2, 2-1. 5th: Harrah, Illinois, tech fall Polizzi, Wisconsin, 11-4, 6-0. 7th: Caylor, Kansas, fall Loew, New York, 0:41.


1st: Kuhar, Ohio, dec. Lopez, Illinois, 5-2, 1-0. 3rd: Papagianopoulos, Massachusetts, dec. Blythe, Iowa, 1-0, 3-0. 5th: Campbell, North Carolina, injury default. 7th: Medbery, Colorado, dec. Betts, Minnesota, 6-0, 4-0.

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