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Tom Mix, Published November 27 2013

North Dakota wrestling preview capsules

West Fargo

Coach: Kayle Dangerud (ninth year)

Last year’s record: 21-0 (state individual and team dual champions, East Region individual and team dual champions)

Who’s gone: Preston Lehmann (182-pound state champion, Class A Mr. Wrestler, EDC senior athlete of the year), Trevor Kringlie (2nd place at 132), Shelby Schultz (2nd place at 160), Zach Eider (5th place at 220), Peter Rodriguez (4th place at 120), Miles Scholl, Drew Johnson, Nathan Mugavero (8th place at 195).

Key returners: Jordan Shearer, Jr., 132 (126-pound state champion); Weston Dobler, Jr., 160 (145-pound state champion); Kollin Kragnes, Sr., 170 (3rd place at 138); Kyle Kragnes, Sr., 182 (6th place at 152); Reed Cronin, Sr., 126 (5th place at 113); Anjelo Shepherd, Sr., 145 (5th place at 152); Tanner Kuznia, Sr., 195 (5th place at 170); Jesse Shearer, Fr., 152 (7th place at 132) Brandon Metz, Fr., 285 (6th place at 285); Jared Franek, Eighth grade, 106 (4th place at 106); Keegan Cronin, Jr., 113 (6th place at 106).

Coach’s comments: “The coaches are really impressed with the work ethic the team is showing in practice. We are working harder than any group that I have been a part of at West Fargo. We feel that we have a balanced lineup and we are looking forward to getting better as the year goes on.”

Fargo South

Coach: Harvey Kruckenberg (third year)

Last year’s record: 3-12 (16th place in state individual tournament)

Who’s gone: Cody Nielson (5th place at 195), Cody Hepper, Chris Krile.

Key returners: Rashidi Kikopa , Soph., 132; Logan Rhode, Jr., 160; Augustus Siaway, Soph., 145; Tyler Deitemeyer, Jr., 152; Parker Brekhus, Jr., 182; Abdi Khaman, Jr., 120; Jonathan Fraase, Soph., 106; Daven Bates, Soph., 113; Jake Solem, Jr., 195.

Coach’s comments: “We have a team that does not have much experience, but has a lot of potential. We will see a lot of improvement as the year progresses. We have a hard-working group of wrestlers that are becoming more competitive with every practice.”

Fargo North

Coach: Sean Ritchie (third year)

Last year’s record: 3-12 (8th place in state individual tournament)

Who’s gone: Tommy Walton (120-pound state champion), Jeremiah Goodman (6th place at 170), Esham Moses.

Key returners: Anthony Coronato, Sr., 145; Olaf Hanson, Sr., 220 (220-pound state champion); Cody Berg, Sr., 285; Nathan Aamold, Sr., 182; Clint Wagemann, Sr., 160; Lukas Maughan, Jr., 126; Gavin Rock, Jr., 195; Skyler Current, Jr., 152; Collin Stremick, Eighth grade, 106; Jackson Stremick, Fr., 138; Caleb Worral, Sr., 170 (7th place at 160).

Coach’s comments: “We have a lot of great wrestlers who have shown leadership on the team returning this year. We have worked hard in the offseason and had a great preseason.”

Fargo Davies

Coach: Keenan Spiess (third year)

Last year’s record: 7-4 (Team dual qualifier, 6th place in state individual tournament)

Who’s gone: Cole Mehring (138-pound state champion), Darren Crissler (8th place at 170); Zander Mairs (8th place at 182).

Key returners: Hunter Swensen, Sr., 285 (2nd place at 285); Cole Alexander, Sr., Sr., 170 (4th place at 160); Bryce Burnside, Soph., 126; Nick Kjera, Jr., 220; Quinn Martin, Jr., 195; Keenan Morris, Fr., 113; Alex Skaare, Fr., 120; Anthony Nemer, Sr., 145; Peter Isakson Sr., 152; Colton Rohrich, Soph., 160.

Coach’s comments: “Even though we lost some very good leaders from last year’s team, we feel that our group this fall has a ton of potential. The team works well with each other.”