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Tom Mix, Published December 28 2012

Area college coaches take note of Rumble on the Red

FARGO – With more than 1,400 high school wrestlers in town for the annual Rumble on the Red wrestling championships it is hard for area college coaches to not take notice.

The event – in its seventh year – has grown into one of the top regular-season wrestling tournament in the upper Midwest. The Rumble on the Red continually showcases some of the top individual wrestlers and high school teams from the region, and it’s essentially a one-stop shop for college coaches monitoring potential recruits.

Minnesota State Moorhead and Concordia assist in promoting, sanctioning and hosting the Rumble along with other partners.

The Dragons and Cobbers are also among the many collegiate programs keeping an eye on what is happening on the 19 mats at the Fargodome.

“It’s a huge opportunity for us to watch some of the top wrestlers in the region and get a chance to meet with them as well,” Concordia associate head coach Matt Nagel said. “It’s a good time to recruit without having to drive all those miles. It is right in our backyard, which is nice.”

North Dakota State, MSUM and Concordia have all had success recruiting athletes out of the Rumble on the Red.

The Bison recently landed the nation’s No. 4-ranked recruiting class. Four members of that class – West Fargo’s Preston Lehmann, Fargo North’s Tommy Walton, and St. Cloud Apollo grapplers Grant Nehring and Mitch Bengtson – are in Fargo this weekend.

Concordia and MSUM have yet to get any early commitments to their current recruiting classes, but Dragons head coach Kris Nelson said he’ll be watching several wrestlers this weekend.

“We have recruited out of here before,” Nelson said. “There are great kids here that have D-I, D-II and D-III talent, and for us, Concordia and NDSU to have this in town is just a huge benefit.”

The Dragons have several current wrestlers on their roster that competed at the Rumble, including former Fargo South wrestlers Gerald Fugleberg and Lucas Moderow along with Mitch Dunlap (Foley, Minn.), Tyler Tischer (Cambridge-Isanti), Dan Murakami (Anchorage, Alaska) and Steve Levine (Rosemount).

“You get to see not just necessarily who is the best at the state level, but more of who is best at a regional level,” Nelson said. “It gives coaches a better way to judge talent.”

Nagel said he’ll be following the tournament closely. Members of Concordia’s wrestling team helped coordinate the weigh-ins on Friday and assisted in other duties on the tournament.

Concordia’s recent rosters have included Rumble veterans Kyle LaDuc and Jacoby Bergeron of Thief River Falls and Nathan Schmitz of Perham.

Rumble attracts a team from New Mexico

The title of “team that traveled the farthest” at the Rumble on the Red belongs to Cleveland High School of Rio Rancho, N.M.

A canceled flight out of Albuquerque delayed the Storm’s arrival to Fargo, but head coach Corey Anderson said he’s glad the team made the journey.

“We had half our kids come here midday, and the others come later,” Anderson said. “It was a fiasco, but we are happy to be here.

“The community of Fargo is so friendly and welcoming.”

The Storm are led by three-time New Mexico state champion Paul Mascarenas, who has committed to wrestle at South Dakota State. Mascarenas also won the freestyle competition and took fifth in Greco at the Junior National wrestling tournament held in Fargo last summer.

Team scores

Jackson County Centeral 121, West Fargo 118.5, Albert lea, 113.5; Cambridge-Isanti 108.5, New Prague 95.5, Foley 86.5, Omaha Skutt 85.5, Coon Rapids 81.5, Cleveland, N.M. 79.0, Frazee 77.0, Lakeville North 75.0, Moorhead 74.0, South Border 71.5, Anoka 71.0, Benilde-St. Margaret’s 70.0, Scott West 68.0, Woodbury 66.5, Rosemount 64.5, Minneota 64.0, White Bear Lake, 64.0, Farmington, 62.0; Totino Grace 61.0, Spearfish 60.5, Thief River Falls 58.5, Carrington, 57.0, Chaska-Chanhassen, 56.0; Tri-Valley 56.0, Kenyon Wanamingo 52.5, Eden Prairie 52.0, Minot 50.0, Lisbon 48.5, Faribault 46.0; Eagan 45.0, Rapid City Steven 44.0, St. Cloud Apollo 44.0, Canton 43.0, Fairmont-MCW 43.0, Fargo Davies 43.0, Adrian 42.0, Fargo North 42.0, Grand Fork Red River, 39.0 Central Cass 38.0, Wayzata 37.0, Royalton-Upsala 34.5, Byron 34.0, Becker 33.0, Osseo 32.0, Madelia-Truman 31.0, East Ridge 28.0, Valley City 28.0, Delano 27.0, Fargo South 26.5, Trinity School 26.5, Andover 25.0, Windom-Mt.lk 25.0, Elk River 23.0, Stewartville 23.0, Fertile-Beltrami 22.0, St. Cloud Tech 21.0, Hillsboro Central Valley 20.0, Wahpeton 13.0, Albany12.5, Dilworth-Glydon-Felton 12.0, Sisseton 9.0, Turtle Mountain 0.0

Individual quarterfinal matches

106: Schultz, Fairmont-MCW, dec. Peska, Omaha Scutt, 10-9; Venz, Farmington, maj. dec. Bryant, Coon Rapids, 12-2; Waterson, Spearfish, dec. Bell, Fargo South, 2-1; Brown, Carrington, maj. dec. Johnsrud, 9-1.

113: Mascarenas, Cleveland N.M. dec. Flynn, Scott West, 10-6; Degrammont, Lakeville North, pinned Frederiksen, Cambridge-Isanti, 1:43; Wangsness, Albert Lea, maj. dec. Sivertsen, Spearfish, 12-4; Sloboth, Omaha Scutt, pinned Cronin, West Fargo, 1:07.

120: J. Shearer, WF, maj. dec. Funk, Foley, 13-0; Goman maj. dec. Biehn, Jackson County Central, 13-5; Walton, Fargo North OT dec. Wangsness, Albert Lea, 2-0; Oftedahl, Benilde-St. Margaret’s dec. Bullerman, Adrian, 6-0

126: Bosch, Soth Border, OT dec. Siegle, Scott West, 4-2; Parriott, New Prague, dec. Westerlund, Albert Lea, 3-0; Schuman, Tri-Valley, dec. Manderfeld, Foley, 1-0; Kringlie, WF, dec. Berg, Lisbon, 6-2

132: Oyen, Tri-Valley, dec. Caldon, Elk River, 9-6; Kass, Benilde-St. margaret’s, dec. Johnson, D-G-F, 8-3; Jurries, Jackson County Central, tech. fall Delaney, Woodbury, 19-3; Brancale, Eden Prairie, dec. Peterson, Rapid City Stevens, 9-2.

138: Mitch Bengtson, St. Cloud Apollo, pinned, Donnelly, Woodbury, 3:37; Zilverberg, Scott West, dec. Engler, Minneota, 5-0; Droegemuller, Wayzata, dec. Lemon, Frazee, 6-1; Mehring, Fargo Davies, dec. Muedeking, White Bear lake, 9-2.

145: Davies, Canton, dec. Olevson, Chaska-C, 5-4; Moore, Jackson CC, dec. Hansen, Albert Lea, 11-5; Dobler, WF, maj. dec. Bradford, Byron, 11-2; Holt, Cambridge-I, dec. Urbach, Lisbon, 8-4.

152: Fogarty, Scott West, dec. Krone, Anoka 3-2; Herold-Plakut, Woodbury, dec. Torgerson, Cambridge-I, 8-4; Schuman, Tri-Valley, dec. Klapprodt, Rapid City Stevens, 6-0; Norland, Jackson-CC, dec. Undem, Valley City, 7-1

160: Cooling, Madelia-Truman, pinned Schulz, WF, 4:56; Deutschlander, benilde-St. Margarte’s dec. Alexander, Davies, 10-3; Lange, Royalton-Upsala, OT dec. Holecek, Thief River Falls, 4-1; Carpenter, Moorhead, sudden victory dec. Skog, Cambridge-I, 10-8

170: Vancura, Jackson-CC, pinned Vekved, Becker, 2:59; Hammerlund, Delano dec. Rasmussen, Omaha Skutt, 9-3; Loosbrock, Chaska-C, dec. Vigil, Cleveland, 12-6; Longendyke, White Bear Lake, maj. dec. Bertram, Byron, 14-1.

182: Lehmann, WF, pinned Moeller, Rosemount, :18; Haman, Minot, dec. Midas, Foley, 10-4; Josephson, Minneota, maj. dec. Vagle, New-London-Spicer, 10-1; Florell, Totino Grace, pinned Wheeler, Moorhead, 1:14.

195: Rotert, Spearfish, dec., Garms, Adrian, 7-4; Westerlund, Albert Lea, pinned, Svihla, Foley, 1:24; Morlock, Moorhead, dec. DiLaney, Benilde-St. Margaret’s, 10-3; Benick, Totino Grace, pinned Johnson, Cambridge-I, 1:15.

220: Preston, New Prague, maj. dec. Hortop, Faribault, 10-0; Keeler, Foley, dec. Panky, Cleveland, N.M. 5-2; Kircher, St. Cloud Apollo, dec. Broughton, canton, 6-5; hanson, North, pinned Roby, Minot, 4:16.

285: Burkhardt, Coon Rapids, pinned Bjerk, GFRR, 2:38; Fisher, Eagan, dec. Hines, Fairmont-MCW, 3-1; Nieland, St. Clouf Tech, pinned. Kucera, Thief River Falls, 3:23; Schroeder, Carrington, maj. dec. Malstrom, Frazee, 13-3.

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