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Tom Mix, Published December 29 2012

WF’s Lehmann, Shearer repeat at Rumble on the Red

FARGO – West Fargo’s Preston Lehmann and Jordan Shearer found their way to the top of the Rumble on the Red awards stand for the second year in a row.

Lehmann – a North Dakota State wrestling commit – and Shearer, a three-time North Dakota Class A state champion, each won individual championships during the seventh annual Rumble on the Red wrestling championships on Saturday at the Fargodome.

“That says a lot about those two guys,” West Fargo head coach Kayle Dangerud said. “They have worked hard this season and been put through some tough matches. It has been great to see them succeed and accomplish their goals.”

West Fargo, which is still working through several injuries in its varsity lineup, finished tied with Albert Lea, Minn., for first place. Both teams scored 166.5 points, meaning the travelling championship belt trophy will split time at both schools this season. Another first-place trophy will be made as well.

The Packers led by two points following Lehmann’s pin in the 182-pound championship match, but Albert Lea’s Tristan Westerlund scored a 2-0 decision in the 195-pound fifth-place match to even the two squads.

“It says a lot about our program and where we are at,” Dangerud said of the split championship. “Being down two or three guys and to perform this well at a tournament like this is an accomplishment.”

West Fargo finished third last season.

Lehmann, who won the 182-pound Rumble title last season, pinned Isaac Josephson of Minneota in 1 minute, 15 seconds for his 22nd victory of the season.

“This gives you a lot of confidence after winning a tournament like this,” said Lehmann, who is nationally ranked in several publications and is the No. 1-ranked 182-pounder in North Dakota Class A. “It’s good to repeat. The team score was pretty close, so getting that pin was pretty exciting. I think I won this year in a little more dominating fashion.”

Shearer (19-1), who won the 113-pound Rumble title last season, built an early lead in his 120-pound championship match and never relented. The Packers sophomore scored a 10-4 decision over Jarred Oftedahl of Benilde St. Margaret’s.

“When I get my points, I just try to stay smart and maintain,” Shearer said. “This is such a great tournament for North Dakota, and it feels good to win it.”

South Border’s Bosch takes home 126 title

South Border senior Blake Bosch can add a Rumble on the Red championship to his resume.

Bosch (17-0) defeated Tri Valley’s Ryan Schuman in the 126-pound championship match.

“I knew coming in that he was tough being a state champion from South Dakota,” said Bosch, who is the defending North Dakota Class B 126-pound state champion.

South Border – a co-op of Ashley and Wishek, N.D. – was making its first appearance at the Rumble.

“Coming from a small Class B school you don’t always see this kind of competition and it’s an awesome feeling knowing that I won the championship,” Bosch said. “I worked security at this event the last two years and got to see up close the competition that wrestles here.

“I always wanted to see where I’d compare and now I know.”

Bosch led 3-1 heading into the third period, but Schuman scored a takedown to tie the match with 30 seconds remaining. Bosch answered with a quick two-point reversal to seal the win.

“It was really good for Blake,” South Border co-head coach Dwight Schilling said. “We wanted to get him up here. I hope this propels our whole team moving forward. Now we know what we need to work on.”

The Mustangs finished 14th in the team points competition with 96.5.

Takedowns

Moorhead finished 13th as a team with 98 points. … Moorhead’s Chase Morlock defeated Christian DuLaney of Benilde-St. Margaret’s for third place at 195 pounds. … Frazee finished tied for 16th with 91 points. … Carrington scored 70 points for 25th place … Carrington’s Cordell Schroeder suffered his first loss of the season losing a 5-2 decision over Michael Burckhardt of Coon Rapids in the 285-pound Championship match. … NDSU commit Mitch Bengtson won the 138-pound championship and also won the Rumble’s Most Outstanding Wrestler award for the second straight season. … Logan Hortop of Faribault won the event’s pins award, scoring five pins during the weekend for a total of 13:02.


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