STEVE THOMAS Artictle Bismarck Rotary Results.

Coach Guy Melby’s wrestlers from Sidney, Mont., ran far, far away from the field at the Bismarck Rotary club wrestling tournament this year.

 The Eagles laid waste to everyone in their path, including themselves.

 Sidney won the Rotary tournament last year with 213 points, respectable, but not eye-popping. On Saturday, the Eagles completed a tournament-record 295.5-point performance. They left the previous mark of 274.5 far in their wake. That prior record was set by the Bismarck Demons in 1991.

  Leading the Sidney parade were there champions — sophomore Aden Graves at 145 pounds, senior Jett Jones at 195 and junior Brodey Skogen at 220.

 The Eagles scored at every weight, save 170 where had no one entered. They had four runners-up, two thirds, two fifths and two sixths.

 Jones, last year’s Montana state champion at 182, said last week’s point eruption was similar to what happened at last year’s Montana state tournament.

 “We want to try and break our record from last year. We scored over 300 points and had 16 placers. This year we want all 17 of us to place,” he noted.

 The Eagles scored 310.5 points to win their second straight state Class A title last winter.

 Sidney finished Friday’s session with 243.5 points after qualifying seven men for the finals with a strong semifinal round. 

 Jones, who places second at 182 pounds at last year’s Rotary, said the Eagles came to Bismarck with high aspirations. They haven’t failed to win this season in dual or tournament competition.

 “We thought we were going to win it again,” he said. “We only lost four seniors from last year … and we have some freshmen who are doing great.”

 Although the Eagle wrestling program boasts 11 state championships, Jones said it was slim pickings during his first varsity season.

 “My freshman year I think we won three duals. We only had 10 wrestlers on the varsity. Since then we’ve gotten more and more numbers and the talent has been increasing,” he observed.

 Sidney’s blowout effort left Bismarck and Rapid City, S.D., Stevens out in the cold. Bismarck boasted three champions and 223.5 points. Stevens had two individual champions and 205.5 points. There have been seasons when both those totals would have won Rotary championships.

 Other teams with 100-plus points were Watertown, S.D., fourth with 197; Minot, fifth with 169; Century, sixth with 142.5, and Dickinson, seventh with 100.

 Bismarck’s champions were eighth grader L.J. Araujo (106), junior Wilfried Tanefeu (120) and sophomore Brock Fettig (152). Senior Declan Malone (138) and senior Cooper Voorhees (160) took top honors for Stevens.

Voorhees won the feature match of the championship round. He and Sidney’s Dylan Lutz entered the 160-pound finale undefeated. Voorhees won 9-5, boosting his record to 28-0. Lutz, a junior, lost for the first time in 24 decisions.

 Other individual champions were senior Brenden Salfrank of Aberdeen, S.D., at 113, junior Reece Barnhardt of St. Mary’s at 126, senior Kelby Armstrong of Minot at 132, senior Garrett Jangula of Napoleon at 170, senior Jayden Hartford of Watertown at 182 and senior Brody Defoe of Grand Forks Central at 285.

 Barnhardt and Jangula won their third Rotary championships and Salfrank us a second-time winner. Salfrank, Voorhees, Jangula and Jones all emerged from the tournament undefeated.

 Jangula left the Event Center with a bundle of hardware. He was named the tournament’s most valuable wrestler and took home the pinner award.

 All five of Jangula’s Rotary matches ended in pins. He’s 11-0 on the season with nine pins. He said his goal is to end things quickly and cleanly. He’s never been a fan of the takedown-escape, takedown-escape, technical fall strategy.

 “That seems cocky to me. I don’t want to wrestle that way,” he said.

  Jangula said he’s have more matches on his log, but he ended the football season with a neck injury that carried into the wrestling season.

 Although he’s a senior who is an all-state football player and a three-time state wrestling champion, his future plans are uncertain,.

 “I’m not sure if I’m going to compete in college sports yet,” he said.

  Barnhardt has thee Rotary championships and two state titles in his collection with a year to go. He’s 30-1 this season with titles at the Mandan Lions and Rapid City Invitational. His only loss was at the Rumble on the Red in Fargo last month.

 Championships run in the Barnhardt family. Reece’s older brother, Tate, was a two-time state champion for St. Mary’s in 2014 and 2015 and his father, Duane, won state titles for Century in 1984 and 1985.

 While he’s enjoyed great success at the Rotary, Reece says he doesn’t place any special emphasis on wrestling at home.

 “I just think of it as another tournament. I take it one match at a time,” he said.

 Reece jumped on Jordan Darby of Sidney fast and hard in the 126-pound championship match, taking period leads of 6-3 and 11-4 en route to a 19-7 victory. He said that match was fairly typical of his approach.

 “My goal was to tech (Darby) or pin him. … I just do the stuff that I’m good at and get to it. I don’t want to wait around.” he said. “If you wait around, you give the other guy a chance to do what he’s good at.”

  Sidney now has three Rotary championships to its credit, and Melby says the Eagles will be back next year for another try.

 “This year we have three seniors, who are great leaders, and our junior class is our bread and butter. … We’re still young,” Melby noted. “What’s special about these guys us they do every aspect of the sport to their hardest.”

 The effort shows. The Eagles now stand 16-0 in duals with championships in all four of the tournaments they’ve entered.

Team Scores

1. Sidney (Mont.) 295.5. 2. Bismarck 223.5. 3. Rapid City (S.D.) Stevens 205.5. 4. Watertown (S.D.) 187. 5. Minot 169. 6. Century 142.5. 7. Dickinson 100. 8. Valley City 98. 9. Devils Lake 93.5. 10. Aberdeen (S.D.) Central 85.5. 11. Rapid City (S.D.) Central 85. 12. Mandan 83.5. 13. Grand Forks Central 82. 14. Carrington 79.5. 15. West Fargo 75. 16. St. Mary’s 71. 17. Legacy 67. 18. Napoleon 65.5. 19. Fargo North 62. 20. Moorhead (Minn.) 56.

21. Fargo Davies 53. 22. Jamestown 46. 23. Turtle Mountain 44. 24. West Fargo Sheyenne 42. 25. Wahpeton 41. 26. Fargo South 37. 27. Grand Forks Red River 27. 28. Williston 24. 29. Watford City 16. 30. Beulah-Hazen 10.

Individual Results

106 Pounds

L.J. Araujo, Bis, def. Jack Schoenhard, RCS, 6-2 (championship). Koye Grebel, VC, pinned Gabe Mortensen, Min, 1:42 (third). Owen Lonski, Sid, def. J.J. Thompson, Leg, 5-2 (fifth). Evan Fleck, Man, pinned Jacob Schulze, Min-unattached, 2:28 (seventh).

113 Pounds

Brenden Salfrank, Abe, def. Christian Tanefeu, Bis, 8-4 (championship). Zander Dean, Sid, def. Neal Bohrer, Cen, 5-0 (third). Treston Lura, Car, pinned Tyson Gass, GFC, 2:57 (fifth). Connor Hanson, Water, pinned Caleb Richter, RCS, 2:33 (seventh).

120 Pounds

Wilfried Tanefeu, Bis, def. Kaiden Cline, Sid, major dec., 11-1 (championship). Kaden DeCoteau, Cen, def. Marcus Johnson, WFS, 7-4 (third). Jacob Ersland, Cen-unattached, def. Houston Crimmins, Dic, 2-0 (fifth). Carson Hansmann, Water, pinned Bennett Rogelstad, VC, 2:55 (seventh).

126 Pounds

Reece Barnhardt, SM, def. Jordan Darby, Sid, major dec., 19-7 (championship). Darien Malone, RCS, def. Brant Fisk, DL, 9-3 (third). Danny Monatukwa, FN, def. Hayden Johnsrud, Cen, 5-3, OT (fifth). Joel Bowman, Jam, def. Tyler Porter, WF, 5-1 (seventh).

132 Pounds

Kelby Armstrong, Min, def. Ty Althoff, Water, 4-3 (championship). Jacob Thomas, FS, pinned Devin Schulz, Cen, 2:15 (third). Kaden Renner, Bis, pinned Everett Jensen, Sid, 2:42 (fifth). Josh Isassi, GFC, def. Kaleb Porter, WF, 3-0 (seventh).

138 Pounds

Declan Malone, RCS, def. Clay Radenz, Cen, 7-2 (championship). Kadyn Kraye, RCC, def. Preston Fettig, Bis, 9-4 (third). Isaac Felchle, SM, def. Kolton Reid, Sid-unattached, 6-2 (fifth). Jaxson Waugh, Water, pinned Tim Kadrmas, Leg, 2:13 (seventh).

145 Pounds

Aden Graves, Sid, def. Troy Berg, Dic, 5-1 (championship). Trevon McClaanahan, Min, def. T.J. Morris, RCC, 7-2 (third). Ryan Luthi, Moor, def. Maverick Martin, Leg, 5-3, OT (fifth). Peyton Johnston, Water, def. Konnor Nelson, Man, 4-3 (seventh).

152 Pounds

Brock Fettig, Bis, def. Will Kleinknecht, Man, 3-2 (championship). Kade Graves, Sid, def. Brayden Burrus, RCC, 3-1 (third). Tate Laducer, TM, def,. Noah Braun, Jam, medical forfeit (fifth). Mac Young, Water, def. Tanner VanScoy, RCS, 10-3 (seventh).

160 Pounds

Cooper Voorhees, RCS, def. Dylan Lutz, Sid, 9-5 (championship). Parker Larson, VC, pinned Tate Hoggarth, Car., 2:05 (third). Chase Burke, Min, def. Seth Berg, Man, 6-4 (fifth). Ty Weber, FD, def. Clay LaRocque, TM, 4-3 (seventh).

170 Pounds

Garrett Jangula, Nap, pinned Gage Roaldson, Bis, 1:39 (championship). Wyatt Jungclaus, RCC, pinned Sam Stroup, Water, 1:48 (third). Caleb Brink, RCS, def. Connor Chloupek, FD, 7-4 (fifth). Hayden Netland, Moor, def,. Joel McIntosh, WF, 3-2 (seventh).

182 Pounds

Jayden Hartford, Water, pinned Riley Waters, Sid, 2:25 (championship). Isaiah Huus, Bis, def. Colby Rance, DL, major dec., 10-1 (third). Tanner Jarrett, Dic, def. Junior Surpris, FN, 11-8 (fifth). Isaac Fernandez, Min., def. True Synhorst, RCS, 5-2 (seventh).

195 Pounds

Jett Jones, Sid, def. Jacob Carmichael, Min, major dec., 14-2 (championship). Dillon Stoebner, Abe, def. Beau Retzlaff, Car, 7-6 (third). Connor Wirtjes, Water, def. Cullen Glatt, Bis, major dec., 10-0 (fifth). Robby Serumgard, DL, pinned Jack Newcomb, Moor, 2:53 (seventh).

220 Pounds

Brodey Skogen, Sid, def. Josh Krump, Wah, major dec., 10-2 (championship). Ryan Brink, RCS, pinned Truman Werremeyer, FD, 2:11 (third). Lincoln Stahl, Water, def. Peyton Grunefelder, Nap, medical forfeit (fifth). Isaiah Gates, FS, pinned Malikai Rivera, Dic, 4:02 (seventh).

285 Pounds

Brody Defoe, GFC, pinned Konnor Stordalen, Cen, 4:23 (championship). Jack Kuntz, DL, pinned Connor Bockomy, Abe, :38 (third). Trey Schepens, Sid, pinned Parker Nelson, RR, 1:30 (fifth). Tytus Bachmeier, Man, pinned Dreyton DeCoteau, TM, 1:39 (seventh).


Jerry Halmrast Most Valuable Wrestler: Garrett Jangula, 170, Napoleon.

Pinner: Jangula, 5 pins in 4:41.

Quick pin: Brecken Lura, 132, Carrington, 11 seconds.

Bismarck Rotary Article by Steve Thomas

Pins have played an important role in Guy Melby’s highly successful run as head wrestling coach at Sidney High School in Montana.

 “We talk about getting six points all the time,” said Melby, who has coached the Eagles to 11 state championships, including titles the last two years. “Every day we talk to the guys about scoring the first points and the last points (of the match). And we’re always looking for pins.”

 Melby’s Eagles obviously paid heed on Friday as they shot away to a 55-point lead in their bid for a repeat championship at the Bismarck Rotary Club wrestling tournament at the Event Center.

 None of Sidney’s designated 13 scoring entrants lost in the first two rounds of the tournament, and they piled up 17 pins along the way. All told, they won 21 matches by fall on the day.

 So the Eagles head into today’s 1 p.m. wrestleback round with a 243.5 to 188.5 advantage on second-place Bismarck. Six teams reached the 100-point plateau on the first day. Rapid City, S.D., Stevens was third with 169.5 points, trailed by Watertown, S.D., (155); Minot (140), and Century (114.5).

 Melby wants to engage in no conversation concerning insurmountable leads.

“Nobody remembers what you did the first day if you don’t get it done the second day,” he noted. “We’ve got to be better tomorrow than we were today.”

 The Eagles have plenty of gunpowder left in the cannon. Kaiden Cline (120), Jordan Darby (126), Aden Graves (145), Dylan Lutz (160), Riley Waters (182), Jett Jones (195) and Brodey Skogen (220) will wrestle for the Eagles in today’s finals, which are scheduled for 3 p.m.

 In addition, the other six Eagle scoring wrestlers are alive in the wrestlebacks. 

 Bismarck, Sidney’s closest competitor, has five finalists, but only for remaining in the consolation bracket.

 The Demon finalists are L.J. Araujo (106), Christian Tanefeu (113), Wilfried Tanefeu (120), Brock Fettig (152) and Gage Roaldson (170).

 Other finalists include Reece Barnhardt (126) of St. Mary’s, Clay Radenz of Century (138), Will Kleinknecht of Mandan (152), Garrett Jangula (170) of Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter, and Connor Stordalen of Century (285).

 That said, Melby sees no room for letup.

 “We’ll have to come out and wrestle like its 0-0 tomorrow,” he said.

<h4>Team Scores

 1. Sidney (Mont.) 243.5. 2. Bismarck 188.5. 3. Rapid City (S.D.) Stevens 169.5. 4. Watertown (S.D.) 155. 5. Minot 140. 6. Century 114.5. 7. Dickinson 98. 8. Valley City 78. 9. West Fargo 75. 10. Mandan 74.5.

11. Grand Forks Central 72. 12. (tie) Aberdeen (S.D.) Central and Devils Lake, 67.5. 14. Carrington 61.5. 15. St. Mary’s 60. 16. Legacy 59. 17. Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter 56.5. 18. Rapid City (S.D.) Central 55. 19. Fargo North 52. 20. Moorhead (Minn.) 50.

 21. Jamestown 45. 22. Fargo Davies 42. 23. Wahpeton 41. 24. Turtle Mountain 37. 25. West Fargo Sheyenne 34. 26. (tie) Grand Forks Red River and Williston 24. 28. Fargo South 23. 29. Watford City 16. 30. Beulah-Hazen 10.

<h1>Individual Results


 106 pounds: Jack Schoenhard, RCS, def. Koye Grebel, VC, major dec. 11-2. L.J. Araujo, Bis, def. Owen Lonski, Sid, 8-3.

 113: Brenden Salfrank, Abe, def. Neal Bohrer, Cen, tech. fallm, 17-2. Christian Tanefu, Bis, def. Zander Dean, Sid, major dec., 11-0.

 120: Wilfried Tanefu, Bis, def. Kaden DeCoteau, Cen, major dec., 14-4. Kaiden Cline, Sid, def. Houston Crimmins, Dic, 5-2.

 126: Reece Barnhardt, SM, def. Darien Malone, RCS, tech. fall, 17-2. Jordan Darby, Sid, def. Brant Fisk, DL, 13-8.

 132: Kelby Armstrong, Min, def. Kaden Renner, Bis, 10-8. Ty Althoff, Water, pinned Jacob Thomas, FS, :34.

 138: Clay Radenz, Cen, def. Preston Fettig, Bis, 10-4. Declan Malone, RCS, def. Kadyn Kraye, RCC, 3-0.

 145: Troy Berg, Dic, def. Trevon McClaanahan, Min, 3-2. Aden Graves, Sid, def. T.J. Morrison, RCC, 7-2.

 152: Brock Fettig, Bis, def. Noah Braun, Jam, 6-4, OT. Will Kleinknecht, Man, def. Brayden Burrus, RCC, major dec., 12-4.

 160: Cooper Voorhees, RCS, pinned Tate Hoggarth, Car, 2:08. Dylan Lutz, Sid, def. Parker Larson, VC, 4-3.

 170: Garrett Jangula, NGS, pinned Sam Stroup, Water, 1:19. Gage Roaldson, Bis, def. Wyatt Jungclaus, RCC, 7-0.

 182: Riley Waters, Sid, def. Isaiah Huus, Bis, 14-8. Jayden Hartford, Water, def. Tanner Jarrett, Dic, 6-5.

 195: Jett Jones, Sid, def. Dillon Stoebner, Abe, major dec., 8-0. Jacob Carmichael, Min, pinned Beau Retzlaff, Car, 5:21.

 220: Josh Krump, Wah, def. Lincoln Stahl, Water, 5-1. Brodey Skogen, Sid, def. Truman Werremeyer, FD,  5-3, OT.

 285: Brody Defoe, GFC, pinned Jack Kuntz, DL, 3:11. Konnor Stordalen, Cen, def. Connor Bockomy, Abe, 4-1.

<h4>Championship Matches

 106 pounds: Jack Schoenhard, RCS, soph., 23-2, vs. L.J. Araujo, Bis, 8th grade, 13-2.

 113: Brenden Salfrank, Abe, sr., 20-0, vs. Christian Tanefeu, Bis, jr., 25-3.

 120: Wilfried Tanefeu, Bis, jr., 26-1, vs. Kaiden Cline, Sid, sr., 22-4.

 126: Reece Barnhardt, SM, jr., 29-1, vs. Jordan Darby, Sid, jr., 27-2.

 132: Kelby Armstrong, Min, sr., 12-2, vs. Ty Althoff, Water, sr., 18-0.

 138: Clay Radenz, Cen, jr., 29-3, vs. Declan Malone, RCS, sr., 15-4.

 145: Troy Berg, Dic, soph., 24-3, vs. Aden Graves, Sid, soph., 26-3.

 152: Brock Fettig, Bis, soph., 26-4, vs. Will Kleinknecht, Man, sr., 30-7.

 160: Cooper Voorhees, RCS, sr., 27-0, vs. Dylan Lutz, Sid, jr., 23-0.

 170: Garrett Jangula, NGS, sr., 10-0, vs. Gage Roaldson, Bis, sr., 25-3.

 182: Riley Waters, Sid, jr., 23-0, vs. Jayden Hartford, Water, sr., 15-2.

 195: Jett Jones, Sid, sr., 25-0, vs. Jacob Carmichael, Min, sr., 21-5.

 220: Josh Krump, Wah, jr., 22-3, vs. Brodey Skogen, Sid, jr., 23-6.

 285: Brody Defoe, GFC, sr., 19-1, vs. Connor Bockomy, Abe, sr., 6-7.

 NOTES: Eight unbeaten wrestlers will be competing in today’s championship matches. … Cooper Voorhees of Rapid City Stevens, 27-0, will face Dylan Lutz of Sidney, 23-0, in the 160-pound final. … All three returning champions have reached the championship round. They are Brenden Salfrank of Aberdeen at 113, Reece Barnhardt of St. Mary’s at 126 and Garrett Jangula of Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter at 170. … Salfrank and Jangula are among the tournament’s unbeatens. … Cael Larson of Rapid City Central and Drew Steidler of St. Mary’s won last Rotary titles last winter as underclassmen, but were not entered this year. Larson won at 113 and Steidler was the champion at 132.