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Glenn Pursley, Published July 16 2013

West Fargo takes two titles at USA Wrestling tournament

FARGO – Team North Dakota has made considerable progress in establishing a reputation in Junior Greco-Roman at the USA Wrestling Junior and Cadet national championships over the years.

And on Tuesday, a pair of West Fargo wrestlers helped the team make history at the Fargodome.

Graduated senior Preston Lehmann and junior Jordan Shearer won their title matches in similar fashion to mark the first time Team North Dakota has won multiple national championships in the same category.

“The state of North Dakota is getting more and more popular and getting tougher,” said Roger Kish, head coach of the North Dakota State wrestling team. “They always produce good wrestlers. There’s always good wrestlers coming up and competing for a national title, and it’s good to see.”

Kish was in attendance to cheer on Lehmann, who is headed to NDSU.

“It’s nice to get a home-grown kid to stay here and wrestle for the state of North Dakota right here in Fargo,” said Kish.

Lehmann won his title match against Dan Hawkins of Annapolis, Md., at 182 pounds in just 1 minute, 33 seconds. The 8-0 win by technical fall was Team ND’s second championship of the day.

“He’s a talented kid and has a lot of natural ability. We’re happy to see him perform well here,” Kish said. “He’s wrestling savvy and has been his whole life. That kind of experience is something you can’t teach overnight.”

The match began with both wrestlers taking it slow, but an attempted throw by Hawkins at 1:35 proved to be a decisive move. Lehmann was able to dodge and get a takedown for two points, and eight seconds later it was over. He rolled Hawkins three consecutive times to tack on six more points and win his first Greco-Roman national title.

“I was just trying to get a feel for him and see what he does. He’s a funky wrestler,” Lehmann said. “I’ve seen him wrestle throughout the tournament and he likes the throws like he tried there, so I just tried to stay in good position and gutted him out.”

And it was sweet redemption for Lehmann, who last year only wrestled in the freestyle category and did not place. That kept him just shy of All-America status.

“It feels amazing,” Lehmann said. “Last year put some fire underneath my belly to work hard and get on top again and it paid off. I’m living the dream right now.”

And when asked about his expectations as a Bison wrestler, Lehmann had one thing to say: “Four-time national champ.”

Winning ND’s first title match Tuesday was Josh Shearer wrestling at 126 pounds and his match lasted just 39 seconds.

Shearer took down Cub Yeager from Locust Grove, Okla., in 14 seconds and added three consecutive rolls – twice left and once to the right – to beat Yeager by technical fall 8-0 for the title.

“To be able to go out there and dominate, that’s kind of another level I’m looking for, and I’m really proud to be able to do that,” Shearer said, who won state championships for West Fargo his freshman and sophomore year. “It’s extremely awesome. I really like the feeling of being able to wrestle in the Fargodome.”

Junior Greco-Roman

Team scores: Illinois 70, Minnesota 45, Wisconsin 37, California 35, Maryland 30, Utah 30, Idaho 27, Oregon 24, Kansas 23, Georgia 20, Michigan 20, New Jersey 20, Florida 19, New York 18, North Dakota 17, Pennsylvania 16, Washington 16, Oklahoma 9, Hawaii 8, Virginia 8, Missouri 7, Alabama 6, Ohio 6, Delaware 5, Nebraska 5, Texas 5, Colorado 4, Massachusetts 4, South Dakota 3, North Carolina 2.

100: 1, Dalton Roberts (Michigan), dec. Kirk Johansen (Illinois) 22-16. 3, Ty Lee (Wisconsin), fall Brandon Cunningham (Alabama) 3:31. 5, Bryar Edwards (California), def. Hunter Wright (Virginia) ID. 7, Riley Lull (Wisconsin), dec. Brady Wilsie (Illinois) 9-7.

106: 1, Brandon Staley (Florida), dec. Joe Cisneros (California) 10-10. 3, Brock George (Utah), dec. Shaun Ramey (Illinois) 11-8. 5, Paul Bianchi (Wsiconsin), dec. Christopher Cuccolo (New York) 7-5. 7, Alpha Diallo (New York), tech. fall Tyler Almaguer (Washington) 7-0.

113: 1, Ronnie Bresser III (Oregon), dec. Skyler Petry (Minnesota) 5-5. 3, Anthony Cefolo (New Jersey), dec. Isaac Jimenez (Texas) 6-4. 5, Kegan Calkins(Illinois), fall Ryan Friedman (Maryland) 2:09. 7, Adam Whitesell (Maryland), fall J.J. McClelland 1:51.

120: 1, Joshua Terao (Hawaii), dec. Blane Tschida (Minnesota) 5-3. 3, Jarred Oftedahl (Minnesota), fall James Flint (Florida) :46. 5, Tommy Pawelski (Illinois), tech. fall Casey Cobb (Idaho) 10-2. 7, Taylor LaMont (Utah), fall Kyndall Rutz 1:08.

126: 1, Jordan Shearer (North Dakota) tech. fall Cub Yeager (Oklahoma) 8-0. 3, William Koll (New York) tech. fall Dante Rodriguez, Nebraska, 10-3. 5, Jonathan Marmolejo (Illinois) dec. Austin Lister (Oregon) 7-6. 7, Colton Schilling (Oregon) dec. Thomas Walton (North Dakota) 4-2.

132: 1, Hayden Tuma (Idaho), tech. fall Rodney Clevenger (Missouri) 8-0. 3, Anthony Giraldo (New Jersey), tech. fall Jack Mutchnik (Maryland) 8-0. 5, Matt Findlay (Utah) tech. fall Victory Trujillo (California) 10-3. 7, Joel Shump (Illinois) tech. fall Luke Wolfenberger (Oklahoma) 12-4.

138: 1, Joseph McKenna (New Jersey), dec. Jake Velarde (Washington) 6-5. 3, Bline Ivernon (Idaho), tech. fall Bret Stolarzyk (Minnesota) 8-0. 5, Justin Oliver (Michigan), tech. fall Andrew Crone (Wisconsin) 8-1. 7, Chase Call (Idaho), tech. fall Zac Youngchild 8-0.

145: 1, Blayne Briceno (California), tech. fall Matthew Moody (Georgia) 8-0. 3, Jose Felipe (Florida), dec. Mitch Bengston 5-4. 5, Sir Romeo Howard (Illinois), dec. Phil Downing (Colorado) 5-3. 7, Josh Reyes (Oregon), dec. Branson Ashworth (Utah) 4-0.

152: 1, Jon Jay Chavez (Idaho), tech. fall Andrew Millsap (Kansas) 7-0. 3, Anthony Valencia (California), tech. fall Logan Breitenbach (Maryland) 8-0. 5, Jonathan Viruet (Massachusetts), tech. fall Zach Pickering (Illinois) 7-0. 7, Jake Deutschlander (Minnesota), dec. Nick Georgean (Illinois) 6-0.

160: 1, Davonte Mahomes (Illinois) dec. Xavier Montalvo (Illinois) 4-0. 3, Ty White (Pennsylvania) dec. Ryan Preisch (Pennsylvania) 3-2. 5, Kimball Bastian (Utah) def. Jacob Armstrong (Utah) by forfeit. 7, Dalton Harmon (Utah) def. Calvin Ochs (Kansas) ID.

170: 1, Chandler Rogers (Washington), tech. fall Jared Johnson (Kansas) 7-0. 3, Kyle Bateman (Oregon), fall Jordon Rothers (Minnesota) 4:46. 5, Patrick Coover (pennsylvania), tech. fall Jacob Morrissey (Wisconsin) 8-0. 7, Gable Frandsen (Wisconsin), tech. fall Tommy Longendyke (Minnesota) 16-5.

182: 1, Preston Lehmann (North Dakota), tech. fall Dan Hawkins (Maryland) 8-0. 3, Nick Corba (Ohio), dec. Dylan Wisman (Virginia) 3-1. 5, Spencer Wilson (Kansas), fall Aaron Rothwell (Wisconsin) 1:45. 7, Troy Murtha (Maryland), tech. fall Terrell Fields (Pennsylvania) 8-0.

195: 1, Joseph McClure (Georgia), dec. Jeremy Sweany (California) 2-0. 3, Alex Benoit (Illinois), fall Tyler Denova (Georgia) 1:13. 5, Roland Ziberman (New York), tech. fall Eugene Martin (South Dakota) 10-2. 7, Matthew Stopka (Illinois), def. Matthew Seabold (Iowa) ID.

220: 1, Roy Nash (Utah), tech. fall Tyler Schmidt (Wisconsin) 9-2. 3, Cory Daniel (Maryland), tech. fall Thomas Ott (Delaware) 11-4. 5, Edgar Ruano (Illinois), fall Rafal Rokosz (New York) 2:10. 7, Kacee Hutchinson (North Carolina), def. Mikel Baker (Oklahoma) ID.

285: 1, Adam Coon (Michigan), tech. fall Sam Stoll (Minnesota) 7-0. 3, Adarios Jones (Illinois), dec. Newton Smerchek (Wisconsin) 3-0. 5, Nathan Butler (Kansas), tech. fall Wyatt Spears (Oregon) 7-0. 7, Michael Hobbs (Illinois), dec. Jessie Webb (Alabama) 2-1.

Forum reporter Glenn Pursley can be reached at (701) 241-5549