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Tom Mix, Published December 10 2013

West Fargo defeats Fargo Davies in EDC wrestling dual

WEST FARGO – In a matter of minutes, West Fargo kick-started its wrestling dual against Fargo Davies with back-to-back pins.

The six-point swings from eighth-grader Jared Franek (106 pounds) and junior Keegan Cronin (113 pounds) helped the Packers build an early advantage and ultimately led to a 69-3 Eastern Dakota Conference victory over the Eagles.

The early pins foreshadowed what was to come for West Fargo, which collected a total of eight pins in the match and won all but one weight class.

“I thought it was a good night for us,” West Fargo head coach Kayle Dangerud said. “We won some matches that we weren’t favored in. We have to feel good about how good we are competing right now, but it’s a long season. There are some things we need to work on and our guys are motivated to get better.”

Reed Cronin (126), Jordan Shearer (138), Jesse Shearer (152), Weston Dobler (160), Zach Lehmann (182), and Alby Rodriguez (220) also scored pins for the Packers (2-0, 2-0 EDC).

The Eagles’ lone win came at 120 pounds where freshman Alex Skaare scored a 7-4 decision over Jacob Franek.

“West Fargo is the best team in the state,” Davies head coach Keenan Spiess said. “I wasn’t happy with how we wrestled. I also tell the guys to wrestle with no fear in the opponent, but I thought we feared them. We just gave them too much.”

The two upsets of the dual were at 170 and 285 pounds.

Senior Kollin Kragnes, ranked No. 2 in the state at 170, locked up with top-ranked Davies senior grappler Cole Alexander. Kragnes scored three takedowns in the match and held on for the 6-1 decision.

At 285, West Fargo freshman Brandon Metz – ranked No. 2 in the state – scored a 7-3 decision over No. 1-ranked Hunter Swensen.

“They have been working hard in the room,” Dangerud said of Kragnes and Metz. “They continue to get better in the room every day. We are happy with their performances, but there is still work to be done.”

Metz led 5-0 over Swensen heading into the third period and scored another take down to help extend his lead.

“I knew coming into the season the state championship was going to go through him,” Metz said of the Eagles’ senior heavyweight. “It’s good to get a win against him early in the season, but I have a feeling we’ll see each other again.”

Davies falls to 2-4 overall and 2-1 in the EDC.

106: Jar. Franek, WF, pinned Mairs, 1:05

113: K. Cronin, WF, pinned Morris, :49

120: Skaare, FD, dec. Jac. Franek, 7-4

126: R. Cronin, WF, pinned H. Rohrich, 2:53

132: Genova, WF, forfeit

138: Jo. Shearer, WF, pinned Burnside, 1:41

145: Shepherd, WF, tech fall Nemer, 17-2 (2:27).

152: Je. Shearer, WF, pinned Isakson, 1:52

160: Dobler, WF, pinned Schwab, :23

170: Kragnes, WF, dec. Alexander, 6-1

182: Lehmann, WF, pinned C. Rohrich, :52

195: Kuznia, WF, maj. dec. Kjera, 17-7

220: Rodriguez, WF, pinned West, :47

285: Metz, WF, dec. Swensen, 7-3

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