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Bishop Ryan senior Conner Ledoux (left) locks arms with Oakes’ John German (right) in the first round of the 113 pound individual tournament. Ledoux pinned German in 5:28.FARGO Reaching the semifinals is the objective at the end of the first day of the North Dakota Class A and Class B state wrestling tournament. Two wins and you two wins away from an individual state championship.While a state title can be won on Day 1, it can certainly be lost.Many local wrestlers managed to avoid that dreadful outcome Thursday at the Fargodome.Minot High wrestling coach Justin Racine hardly had any complaints after the first round of the individual tournament. And for good reason, as the Magi won 12 out of their first 15 matches. Des Lacs Burlington/Lewis Clark senior Kaiden Bredahl (red) pins Central Cass sophomore Junior Totay in the first round of the 138 pound individual tournament Thursday at the Fargodome.good start to the tournament, Racine said. lost one that we feel we should have won. But, besides that, we won all of them (that we should have won) and got some bonus points in those matches to put ourselves in a good position as a team. one match Racine wished Minot could have flipped around was at 182 with Jorge Talamantes, who lost 5 3 in overtime.Yet, Minot still got plenty of pin wins from the likes of Kelby Armstrong (106), Samuel Goodman (113), Chase Burke (126), Preston Jones (195), Hunter Swartwout (220) and Elijah Huff (285).had some tough draws in the first round to get some bonus points, Racine said. looked at the brackets and we were hoping to get some other guys to get some more pins. But, our guys responded, though. They pinned guys we didn necessarily think they were going to get pins at. the second round, the Magi pushed eight guys threw to the semifinals. Kelby Armstrong and his two time state champion brother Brody Armstrong pinned their way in, as did Creighton Rudolph (170) and Huff.Both Trevon McClanahan (138) and Jacob Mortensen (152) remained true to their No. 3 seeds with wins. A 10 1 major decision for McClanahan and tight 6 4 decision for Mortensen.Minot last two semifinal qualifiers came via upsets. At 120, No. 5 Corey Hooker came from behind to top Dickinson No. 4 Jaren Berger, 9 8. And at 220, No. 6 Hunter Swartwout easily overpowered West Fargo No. 3 Riley Kringlie, 12 2.get that close victory with a takedown at the end and a ride out, that huge for Corey (Hooker), Racine said. has beaten everybody in that weight class minus the No. 1 seed. the first day, Minot sits in second place in the team standings with 89.5 points. Bismarck High holds the top spot with 96 points. Mandan (67.5 points), Valley City (63) and West Fargo (57) round out the Top 5.year, we were sitting in this same position with seven in the semifinals, but we didn have such a great Friday, Racine said. the message to the guys is that Friday is the big day. Friday makes or breaks us. BDes Lacs Burlington/Lewis Clark had a strong first day showing by getting four wrestlers to the semifinals No. 2 Colton Miller (160), No. 3 Coy Spooner (170), No. 4 Kaiden Bredahl (138) and No. 5 Walter Winkler (145).As a result, the Lakers hold sixth place in the team standings with 41.5 points. Lisbon (67 points), Carrington (49), New Salem Almont (48.5), Hettinger Scranton (43.5) and Hillsboro/Central Valley (43) occupy the Top 5. Velva is in ninth with 36 points and Bishop Ryan is two spots further back in 11th with 30 points.five guys in the quarterfinals to just two in the semis, Ryan coach Steve Lipp said. really disappointing, especially at 132 with (No. 6) Kersey Harris. The trainers wouldn let him continue with a thumb injury that they didn even know for sure if it was dislocated or broken or no injury at all. With 50 seconds left in the match and down two, we wanted to continue. But, they wouldn let him.just feel for a finger injury like that, it a little excessive as far as the trainer taking control of it. It a hard way to lose a match.Making the semifinals for the Lions were No. 2 Conner Ledoux at 113 and No. 4 Corbin Okeson at 182.Velva had a little more success by punching three guys into the semifinals. This coming off the heels of losing an unsettling 38 37 team dual to Carrington.I was really nervous going into the first round after that, Velva coach Chad Barstad said. go from losing a heartbreaking match where we are a winning a dual every single match until the last match. You don know how they are going to respond going into the (individual) first round, but they did a heck of job.All five of Velva seeded wrestlers won their first match with No. 2 Jon Thomas (152), No. 4 Gunnar Mogen (106) and No. 5 Brock Selzler (170) going a step further to reach the semifinals.Others that pulled out two wins Thursday to reach the semifinals included Rugby No. 1 DJ Schneibel (285) despite having to go to overtime in the quarterfinals and No. 3 Riley Zachmeier (126), Harvey/Wells County No. 3 Isaac Felchle (113) and No. 4 Bailey Lawson (220), and New Town/Parshall No. 3 Bronson Flynn (220).