West Fargo wrestler Jordan Shearer breaks the North Dakota all-time career wins record

VALLEY CITY, N.D. - West Fargo senior Jordan Shearer's name already appears prominently in North Dakota's high school wrestling record book. Shearer further cemented his place among the top prep wrestlers in state history on Saturday at the East ...

West Fargo’s Jordan Shearer looks up as he wrestles Wahpeton’s Logan Meyer at 145 pounds during the North Dakota Class A East Region tournament on Saturday. Dave Wallis / The Forum

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – West Fargo senior Jordan Shearer’s name already appears prominently in North Dakota’s high school wrestling record book.

Shearer further cemented his place among the top prep wrestlers in state history on Saturday at the East Region wrestling tournament at the Hi-Liner Activities Center by breaking one of the state’s most highly regarded records.

The 145-pound standout won his sixth individual region championship of his career and in the process became the winningest prep wrestler in state history.

Shearer finished the day tallying three wins to give him 252 victories surpassing the previous Class A and overall state mark of 250 held by 2014 Bismarck graduate Ryan Blees, who now wrestles at Oklahoma State.

The record breaker match came in the semifinals Saturday against eighth-grade teammate Cade Pederson. Shearer pinned Pederson and later pinned Wahpeton’s Logan Meyer in the finals.


“It will be up there for a little while, but in the long run I think it will be broken,” Shearer said of the record. “I’m not quite done yet so I haven’t really thought about it much. I hope to continue to wrestle well this next week, but it is a good accomplishment. I am blessed to be able to wrestle that many times and it is a privilege to wrestle for West Fargo.”

Pederson took place fourth in the 145 division and said Shearer deserved the record because he is one of the hardest workers in the West Fargo wrestling room.

“It is an honor to wrestle him to be honest,” Pederson said.

Shearer, a University of Nebraska recruit, now owns a 252-21 career record and will be going for a state-record sixth individual state championship next Saturday at the state tournament in Fargo.

“Jordan has made the whole program proud,” West Fargo head coach Kayle Dangerud said. “It is a great achievement and something he has worked extremely hard for.”

West Fargo qualified 11 wrestlers into the finals and took first place in the points race earning 310 team points to capture its sixth straight East Region championship.

Other West Fargo wrestlers that won region titles included, freshman Justin Harms (106), freshman Jared Franek (120), senior Christian Ramberg (152), sophomore Jesse Shearer (160), Weston Dobler (182), and Brandon Metz (220).

Franek kept his undefeated record intact Saturday and is now 44-0 this season.


“It was just another day of trying to get closer to my goals,” Franek said. “I’m taking it one match at a time and they are all important this time of the year.”

South trio picks up region titles

Fargo South had three wrestlers grab region championships Saturday.

Junior Jonathan Fraase was the top seed at 113-pound and scored a 7-0 decision over West Fargo’s Keegan Cronin in the finals.

“It was all about conditioning,” Fraase said. “I have been doing some extra running and extra practicing. I just wrestled my match.”

Seniors Logan Rhode (170) and Jake Solem (195) also took home titles.

“It was definitely a lot closer than I would have wanted it to be,” Rhode said of his final match that went into overtime. “I did what I needed to and got it done.”

Like Fraase and Rhode, Solem was a top seed and he said that gave him confidence.


“I got a good seed for this tournament and I think I wrestle better when I’m a top seed,” Solem said.


Wahpeton had two wrestlers – freshman Gavin Lenoue (126) and senior Jacob Berg (132) win region titles. … The Huskies finished second as a team with 192 points. … Fargo Davies had two junior grapplers – Bryce Burnside (138) and Jacob West (285) – win region championships. … “I thought it went really well,” Burnside said of his day that ended with his first career region title. “My agility and speed were working out well and I think I have a good shot at state.”   

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