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Tom Mix, Published February 16 2013

West Fargo wins Class A team individual team wrestling title

FARGO – Senior Preston Lehmann and sophomore Jordan Shearer each added another state title to their resumes on Saturday at the Fargodome.

Shearer (126 pounds) won his fourth career title and Lehmann (182 pounds) picked up his third state championship before an estimated 3,900 fans during the finals of North Dakota Class A state individual wrestling tournament.

Lehmann – a North Dakota State wrestling signee – pinned Dillon Pierce of Bismarck Century in 1 minute, 3 seconds to wrap up his prep career. It was the 180th career pin, which stands as the state record.

“It was a good way to finish, going out with a pin,” said Lehmann, who ends the season undefeated at 50-0. “I was excited about that and just excited for the future.”

Lehmann, who recorded a total of seven pins during the weekend, also was named Class A’s senior athlete of the year.

Shearer (50-2) pinned Grand Forks Red River’s Sean Murphy in 2:53 for championship No. 4, which is a school record. He became the 11th Class A grappler in the state’s history to win four state championships.

“I was just going to go out there and do my thing and I knew I would be the one on top,” Shearer said. “I worked for the pin, but wasn’t too aggressive where I wouldn’t get the win. I’m thankful for everything I have achieved. … I’d like to thank all of my coaches and wrestling partners.”

Lehmann and Shearer’s pins were a part of West Fargo’s dominant weekend. The Packers won the dual title on Friday and capped the tournament off with a team individual championship, scoring 232.5 points. Bismarck finished second with 213 points.

West Fargo has won three team individual titles in school history, including the last two.

“To have 17 wrestlers place is unbelievable,” West Fargo head coach Kayle Dangerud said. “Each guy did their share to help us win the team championship.”

Fargo North’s Hanson wins 220-pound title in OT

Overtime periods were plentiful in the 220-pound final.

Fargo North junior Olaf Hanson recorded a 2-1 decision over Bismarck Century’s Tommy Moravec in three overtimes.

Hanson (40-7) scored an escape in the third OT and held on to win his first state title.

“I was actually happy we made it to overtime,” Hanson said. “That is why we have been working so hard all year is to be able to do well in those late-match situations. All that hard work paid off at the end of that match.”

Fargo South junior 106-pounder Marlo Bell and West Fargo sophomore 145-pounder Weston Dobler also won their first state titles on Saturday. Both Bell and Dobler were runners up a year ago.

Bell (32-5) pinned Bismarck’s Taylor Nein in 5:00, which later prompted the Bruins standout to do a backflip.

“It was exciting,” Bell said. “I kept pushing it. … I didn’t expect to pin him.”

Dobler posted a 6-4 decision over Valley City’s Shane Undem.

“I had a lot of motivation going into the match,” Dobler said. “It was a hard match to go into because we are good friends, but I just had to wrestle him tough.”

Mehring and Walton each win second titles

Of the eight returning state champions in Class A, six repeated, including Fargo Davies senior Cole Mehring and North senior Tommy Walton.

Walton, an NDSU wrestling signee, won the 120-pound title with an 8-0 major decision over Bismarck’s Adam Blees.

“That is what my coaches and I talked about staying on it and not quitting at all,” Walton said. “This tops it off and I’m ready to move and improve in college.”

Mehring (36-5) took the 138-pound championship with a 12-1 major decision over Dane Fischer of Bismarck St. Mary’s.

“The second one is sweeter,” Mehring said. “There was a big target on my back, but I just wrestled my heart out. It was the best season ever.”


Eight new members were inducted into the North Dakota Wrestling Hall of Fame on Saturday. Inductees are Jason Anderson, Ron Gadberry, Cy Kittelson, Delany Berger, Kris Lengenfelder, Troy Sabot, Mike McCormick, David Rochholz. … Bismarck Century’s Jerald Lemar was named Class A coach of the year.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Tom Mix at (701) 241-5562