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Dickinson traded punches with Bismarck High on Saturday before wrapping up the team championship at the Class A West Region wrestling tournament, held in Belcourt.

Dickinson finished the day with 194.5 points, while Bismarck tallied 188.5. Jamestown (168.5), Mandan (145) and Minot (138) rounded out the top five.

Tate Nordby (160 pounds) and Tanner Jarrett (182) claimed individual championships for the Midgets, who had four other finalists and qualified 16 of 17 wrestlers (attached and unattached) for the Class A state tournament, scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Fargodome. The top eight placers in each weight class qualify.

The Demons also had two champions -- Ryan Ripplinger at 138 and Chase Dockter at 285. Ripplinger, 42-1, was to meet Troy Berg of Dickinson in the title match, but Berg was unable to wrestle because of an injury.

Dockter, 38-1, pinned Levi Haugen of Mandan in 2:44.

Four Bismarck wrestlers placed second. The Demons have 14 state qualifiers.

Reece Barnhardt of St. Mary's downed Brendan Johnson of Dickinson 13-4 in the 120-pound championship match. The sophomore raised his record to 43-0.

Later at 132, teammate Drew Steidler defeated Jaren Berger of Dickinson 12-4, improving to 43-3.

Ethan Fleck and Jacob Boehm gave Mandan a pair of region champions. Fleck defeated Brandt Kringlie of Bismarck 3-1 in the 152-pound final, and Boehm topped Paul Vandal of Jamestown 6-2 at 220. Fleck is 33-6 and Boehm 35-5.

Legacy's Matthew Kaylor remained unbeaten (34-0), ending his day with a 1:32 fall over Louis DeCoteau of Turtle Mountain in the 195-pound championship match.

Clay Radenz of Century edged Laken Boese of Bismarck 3-1 in the 120-pound final. The sophomore is now 49-5.

At Fargo, Grand Forks Central held off Fargo Davies to win the East Region tournament championship.

The Knights finished with 223 points, just 5.5 more than second-place Fargo Davies. West Fargo, Valley City and Devils Lake tallied 208.5, 177 and 167, respectively.

Grand Forks Central had only one individual champion -- Will Rohrich at 170 -- but had seven other finalists.

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