Tom Mix, Published January 22 2013
West Fargo's Lehmann sets ND pins record
Pins equal six points, and no high school wrestler in the state of North Dakota is better at picking up six than West Fargo senior Preston Lehmann.
Lehmann – a North Dakota State wrestling commit – broke the state’s all-time career pins record on Saturday when he pinned Williston’s Bret Sandberg 1 minute, 54 seconds into the first period.
The pin put Lehmann – who is listed No. 6 nationally in the InterMat Wrestling high school rankings at 182 pounds – at 166 career pins. That total breaks the mark of 165 set by Dickinson’s Marc Mellmer from 1998-2003.
“It is a great accomplishment,” Lehmann said. “I didn’t even know I was that close to the pins record until one of the parents on the team told me. I had no idea about it. Hopefully I can make it a little harder to beat.”
Lehmann, a two-time state champion, has posted 26 pins this season and is 34-0. He also owns the state’s single-season pins record with 42 during his junior season.
“It is an unbelievable accomplishment,” West Fargo head coach Kayle Dangerud said. “He has always been a good pinner. If there are 10 or 15 seconds left in a period or a match, he always digs deep and finds a way to get the pin. … When he gets guys on their backs, he doesn’t let them get back up.”
Lehmann, who has 204 career wins, transferred to West Fargo as a freshman from Fargo North, where he picked up a total of 30 pins during his seventh-and eighth-grade seasons.
The threat of a pin is always there when wrestling Lehmann.
One of his more memorable pins came as a sophomore when he pinned Webster, S.D., standout Logan Storley at the Lee Wolf Memorial Tournament in Aberdeen, S.D.
Down 15-2 against the eventual six-time South Dakota state champion Storley, Lehmann scored a quick takedown and seconds later the pin. Storley is now a sophomore at Minnesota and was an All-America wrestler for the Gophers as a freshman.
“I just stay aggressive,” Lehmann said of getting pins. “I stay on the guy and wear him down. … I’m aggressive out there and look to dominate my opponents.
“I just go out there looking to win every match, and if I get the pin, I get the pin.”
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