Five wrestlers qualify for state, two win division titles

Thursday, February 7, 2019
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Jamie Ausk Crisafulli photo

Two Dawson County High School wrestlers were Eastern A Divisional Wrestling Tournament champions Saturday. Nelson Crisafulli, left, won the title at 170 pounds, and Keegan Mires, right, took first in the 285 pound weight class.

The Dawson County High School wrestling team competed in the Eastern A Divisional Wrestling Touranmetn on Saturday in Miles City and qualified five wrestlers for the state tournament.

Junior Nelson Crisafulli at 170 pounds and senior Keegan Mires at heavyweight both took first place in their respective weight classes.

Coach Garret Tennant was extremely pleased with those two victories.

Both championship matches were very close. Crisafulli won his match 6-4 over opponent Trevor Dean, a senior from Sidney. Mires won his match 3-1 over Sidney wrestler Brodey Skogen.

Also going to state representing the Red Devils is Brennan Payne, a freshman at 103 lbs; Jace Kassner, a freshman at 113 pounds; and Kirby Basta, a junior at 205 pounds.

Basta forfeited the fifth/ sixth place match at Divisional with a shoulder injury but is expected to compete at state.

Also competing at Divisionals for the Red Devils were Mason Whitmer, Calob Grigsby and Cody Harrington.

Tennant believes that DCHS needs to approach the state tournament the same way as they did divisionals.

“Just prepare how we did last week. In practice the intensity has got to be picked up. We might have shorter practices but they’re to the point and intense,” Tennant said.

The wrestlers leave Thursday for the two-day state tournament in Billings. The tournaments is the 30th annual All-Class State Wresting Tournament held at Rimrock Auto Arena.

103: Brennan Payne placed 6th and scored 7.0 team points.

Mick Chagnon (Havre) 31-4 won by fall over Brennen Payne 5-13 (Fall 0:13)

Payne won by fall over Jacob Shurtliff (Custer Co. (Miles City) (Fall 3:34)

Devon O`Neill (Billings Central) won by fall over Payne (Fall 0:30)

Devon Isaacson (Laurel) won by fall over Payne(Fall 0:17)

113: Jace Kassner (4-16) placed 8th and scored 3.0 team points.

Kaiden Cline (Sidney / Fairview) won by tech fall over Kassner TF-1.5 2:20 (16-0))

Kassner won by decision over Brock Colarik (Belgrade) (Dec 11-4)

Orrin Russellwon by fall over Kassner (Dawson Co. (Fall 1:29)

Jonathan Herr (Laurel) won by fall over Kassner(Fall 0:23)

170: Nelson Crisafulli (14-1) placed 1st and scored 28.0 team points.

Crisafulliwon by fall over Gunnar Burk (Billings Central) (Fall 1:24)

Crisafulli won by fall over Ty Greenfield (Hardin) (Fall 4:37)

Nelson won by fall over Keaton Potter (Fergus (Lewistown)) (Fall 1:50)

Crisafulli won by decision over Trevor Dean (Sidney / Fairview) (Dec 6-4)

205: Kirby Basta (11-14) placed 6th and scored 5.0 team points.

Quarterfinal - Austin Ratliff won by fall over Basta (Fall 0:40)

Cons. Round 3 - Basta won by decision over Bo Hakert (Billings Central) (Dec 6-4)

Ryan Wyman (Sidney / Fairview) 36-16 won by injury default over Basta (Inj. 0:00)

Jesse Murdock (Hardin) 27-18 won by injury default over Basta (Inj. 0:00)

285: Keegan Mires (13-0) placed 1st and scored 26.0 team points.

Mires won by fall over Zayne Konkol (Belgrade) 15-18 (Fall 0:45)

Mires won by fall over Gabe Hernandez (Laurel) 24-9 (Fall 1:11)

Mires won by decision over Brodey Skogen (Sidney / Fairview) 42-10 (Dec 3-1)

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