WEST FARGO – Local wrestling fans got a treat Thursday night in West Fargo as the Packers hosted a triangular with Class B powerhouse Carrington and Devils Lake.
The dual between West Fargo and Carrington was the highlight of the evening.
The North Dakota Class A, No. 2-ranked Packers (16-2) defeated the Cardinals 31-27 winning eight of the fourteen matches in the dual.
Both the Packers and the Cardinals figure to be big players in the state dual Class A and Class B tournaments, which are set to be held February 19-21 at the Fargodome. West Fargo will be trying for its fourth straight team dual title. Carrington, runners up in Class B a year ago, has a squad that looks primed to return to the Class B dual final.
Jared Franek (120 pounds) and Brandon Metz (220) each picked up key pins for the Packers as the Cardinals also had two wrestlers – Zach Broadwell (126) and Bryce Carr (132) – pick up six-point falls.
The matchup at 145 pounds was a meeting on two state champions. West Fargo’s senior Jordan Shearer scored a 7-0 decision over Walker Carr of Carrington. Both wrestlers will be favored in their weight classes at the North Dakota state wrestling tournament next month at the Fargodome.
Lucas Geiszler (106), Billy Holtan (152) and Riley Lura (195) picked up decisions for the Cardinals.
Below are the full results of the dual:
106: Lucas Geiszler, C, dec. Justin Harms, 11-7
113: Keegan Cronin, WF, dec. Tyler Hoggarth, 6-2
120: Jared Franek, WF, pinned Mathew Neumiller, :55/
126: Zach Broadwell, C, pinned Jordan Gianakos, 2:43
132: Bryce Carr, C, pinned Dante Genova, 2:49
138: Jacob Franek, WF, major dec. Kaden Wolsky, 11-3
145: Jordan Shearer, WF, dec. Walker Carr, 7-0
152: Billy Holtan, C, dec. Christian Ramberg, 2-1 (OT)
160: Jesse Shearer, WF, dec. Chaz Bauer, 8-6
170: Chase Teiken, WF, dec. Brett Lyman, 5-1
182: Weston Dobler, WF dec. Bridger Anderson, 11-5
195: Riley Lura, C, dec. Alby Rodriguez, 4-2
220: Brandon Metz, WF, pinned Seth Zink, 1:02
285: Bradee Schroeder, C, won by forfeit
Tom Mix is the North Dakota high schools sports reporter at The Forum. He has been working at The Forum since 2009 and has been covering the ND prep sports beat since 2012. Mix can be reached at email@example.com. Follow Mix on Twitter @MixMaster_TGM