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South storms back

West Fargo and Fargo South each had hot streaks Tuesday at the South gym. The Bruins' run came last and proved decisive. South scored the final 30 points en route to a 42-32 victory in East Region wrestling to remain unbeaten in conference duals....

Anthony Charbonneau wrestles Rodney Weigel

West Fargo and Fargo South each had hot streaks Tuesday at the South gym.

The Bruins' run came last and proved decisive.

South scored the final 30 points en route to a 42-32 victory in East Region wrestling to remain unbeaten in conference duals.

West Fargo (2-1 region) built a

32-12 lead after winning seven of eight matches at one point. But the Bruins (4-0) won the last five matches - two forfeits and three pins - to overcome the deficit.

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"The biggest thing is we had to change the momentum back to our side," said South senior Justin Jones, who wrestled up a weight class and scored a pin at 189 pounds. "Once they get on a roll it's hard to stop them because the adrenaline is flowing."

The Bruins have conference wins against Wahpeton, Grand Forks Red River and West Fargo, three teams expected to be near the top in the region.

South is in solid position to be the regular-season dual champion with three conference duals left on its schedule.

"I feel like we're in great position. We still have two tough duals left with Grand Forks Central and Fargo North," South coach Lynn Forde said. "Even if we lose one of those, we are in good shape to win the region dual title."

South started to gain steam at 152 pounds. Freshman Tanner Jones scored an 11-4 decision against West Fargo junior Tony Owens to snap a string of six straight Packers victories.

"Tanner Jones wrestled a great match for them," West Fargo coach Kayle Dangerud said. "That was a turning point there. You have to give them credit."

Freshman Scott Schiller scored a fall at 160 pounds to stake the Packers to a 32-12 lead. However, South took over from there.

The Packers took forfeits at 171 and 275. South earned falls at 189, 215 and 103, the final match of the dual.

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"I was a little nervous because some of our guys in the middle didn't wrestle as well as expected," Justin Jones said. "We knew the back end of our lineup was really strong."

Dangerud liked the way his team competed.

"South is a great team, they are balanced from 103 to heavyweight," said Dangerud, whose team has no seniors in the starting lineup. "The guys that wrestled, they wrestled very tough matches. We've still got a very young team and we know that."

112: Reisenauer, FS, dec. Neer 12-7.

119: Cassezza, WF, tech. fall Mehring 5:10.

125: Paper, WF, pinned Seamands :48.

130: Lunde, WF, pinned Slusher 3:37.

135: Ramberg, WF, pinned Nelson 3:08.

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140: Charbonneau, WF, dec, Weigel 8-4.

145: Holmes, WF, pinned Gullickson 3:28.

152: T. Jones, FS, dec. Owens 11-4.

160: Schiller, WF, pinned Isakson 2:41.

171: Olson, FS, forfeit.

189: J. Jones, FS, pinned Rheaume 4:57.

215: G. Sundet, FS, pinned Vetter :52.

275: Bruns, FS, forfeit.

103: Forde, FS, pinned Kuehn 3:46.

Readers can reach Forum reporter

Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513

Anthony Charbonneau wrestles Rodney Weigel

Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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