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West Fargo's Franek breaks through with dramatic victory for Rumble on the Red title

Jared Franek, right, of West Fargo wrestles Tyler Dow of Stoughton for the 160-pound varsity championship during the Rumble on the Red tournament Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in the Fargodome. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor1 / 10
Jared Franek, front, of West Fargo wrestles Tyler Dow of Stoughton for the 160-pound varsity championship during the Rumble on the Red tournament Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in the Fargodome. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor2 / 10
Ty Moser, top, of Perham, Minn., wrestles Bobby Striggow of Orono, Minn., for the 195-pound varsity championship during the Rumble on the Red tournament Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in the Fargodome. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor3 / 10
Ryan Ripplinger, right, of Bismarck wrestles Charlie Pickell of Mankato West for the 126-pound varsity championship during the Rumble on the Red tournament Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in the Fargodome. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor4 / 10
Reece Barnhardt, top, of Bismarck St. Marys wrestles Joey Thompson of Maple Grove, Minn., for the 113-pound varsity championship during the Rumble on the Red tournament Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in the Fargodome. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor5 / 10
Clay Carlson, left, of Willmar, Minn., wrestles Tyler Shackle of Scott West for the 132-pound varsity championship during the Rumble on the Red tournament Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in the Fargodome. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor6 / 10
Jared Franek, right, of West Fargo wrestles Tyler Dow of Stoughton for the 160-pound varsity championship during the Rumble on the Red tournament Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in the Fargodome. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor7 / 10
Kyle Burwick, top, of Hettinger/Scranton wrestles Hunter Lewis of Stoughton for the 120-pound varsity championship during the Rumble on the Red tournament Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in the Fargodome. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor8 / 10
Cael Carlson, top, of Willmar, Minn., wrestles Tanner Kroells of Delano, Minn., for the 138-pound varsity championship during the Rumble on the Red tournament Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in the Fargodome. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor9 / 10
Kelby Armstrong, front, of Minot, N.D., wrestles Nick Novak of New Prague, N.D., for the 106-pound varsity championship during the Rumble on the Red tournament Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in the Fargodome. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor10 / 10

FARGO—Jared Franek was tired of finishing second place. He was runner-up in the USA Wrestling Junior Freestyle National Championship last summer, losing in the final seconds. He took runner-up at the Minnesota Christmas Tournament earlier this season, his only loss of his 27-1 season. His past two appearances at the Rumble on the Red wrestling tournament ended with him in second place after winning his freshman year.

The three-time North Dakota state champion and North Dakota State senior commit of West Fargo knows how to win. He wouldn't be denied this time around.

Down by two points in the final minute, Franek pulled out a match-tying reversal and scored a takedown in a 5-3 sudden victory over Tyler Dow of Stoughton for the 160-pound Rumble on the Red championship on Friday, Dec. 29, at the Fargodome.

"Getting second place is one of the hardest things ever, getting that close and then coming up short," said Franek, who was named the outstanding wrestler of the tournament. "That was a big motivation for me coming in here, and I got the job done."

Franek was familiar with Dow. They had wrestled before and Franek had been watching him throughout the tournament.

"I knew I just had to push the pace," Franek said. "I knew if I kept moving and pushing the pace, something would open up and it did eventually."

Both Dow and Franek started defensively which led to a scoreless first period. Franek can traditionally move people around well, move well himself and can go low and get leverage, Packers head coach Ben Berogan said. But Tow, strong and taller than Franek, was tough to move.

"It's good to see him come back and win," Berogan said. "The other guy was doing a good job of being defensive and taking away Jared's strengths."

Dow scored a one-point escape in the second period after starting in the down position. Franek got his own escape in the third period after starting down to tie the match.

Dow started to get more aggressive and scored a two-point takedown in the third period for a 3-1 lead. Franek then willed himself to a two-point reversal to tie the match. Dow came close to escaping for the winning point and stood up on one foot, but Franek held on to force the sudden victory.

Franek was the aggressor in the extra period. He scored the winning points on a takedown to finally break through for a tournament win.

"He's tough to keep down," Berogan said of Franek. "I felt good going into overtime because Jared is a well conditioned athlete."

Moser falls in Rumble on the Red 195-pound championship

Ty Moser won't let a loss define his season. In fact, the pain of a loss for the No. 3-ranked wrestler at 195 pounds in Minnesota Class 2A from Perham could be useful.

Moser made a run to the 195-pound championship, but fell to Bobby Striggow of Orono in a 3-1 sudden victory.

"Overtime came and I was gassed, so I've got to work on that a little bit," Moser said with a smile. "It was a hard fought match by him."

After a scoreless first period, Moser scored an escape point in the second period and Striggow scored an escape point in the third. Striggow nearly secured a takedown in the third period's final seconds, but Moser bought just enough time to force overtime.

Striggow remained aggressive and finally got the takedown in the sudden victory.

Moser took his first loss of the season and now has 14-1 record. He said he wants to take more crisp shots and finish matches more cleanly.

"It stings, but in the same breath, it's good to get up here and see some good competition. It's good to even get a loss sometimes," Moser said. "You take some time to reevaluate and take a look at the season with a little different perspective."

Perham tied for third in the team standings with Albert Lea Area at 135.5 points. Willmar took second as a team with 142.5 points as Clay Carlson took the 132-pound championship and Cael Carlson won at 138 pounds. Scott West won the team title with 186.5 points.

Championship matches

106: Kelby Armstrong, Minot, dec. Nick Novak, New Prague, 3-2.

113: Joey Thompson, Maple Grove, maj. dec. Reece Barnhardt, Bismarck St. Mary's, 9-1.

120: Kyle Burwick, Hettinger-Scranton, maj. dec. Hunter Lewis, Stoughton, 10-0.

126: Ryan Ripplinger, Bismarck, dec. Charlie Pickell, Mankato West, 8-4.

132: Clay Carlson, Willmar, tech. fall Tyler Shackle, Scott West, 26-11.

138: Cael Carlson, Willmar, fall Tanner Kroells, Delano, 1:54.

145: Jake Mandt, Chatfield, maj. dec. Moise Madimba, Coon Rapids, 10-0.

152: Tyler Wagener, Waconia, maj. dec. Brody Nielsen, Albert Lea Area, 12-4.

160: Jared Franek, West Fargo, sudden victory Tyler Dow, Stoughton, 5-3.

170: Cole Kirpach, St. Francis, maj. dec. Lincoln Shinn, Willmar, 12-0.

182: Tyler Buesgens, Scott West, fall Dante Colicheski, Rapid City Stevens, 3:14.

195: Bobby Striggow, Orono, sudden victory Ty Moser, Perham, 3-1.

220: Cole Fibranz, Sartell-Saint Stephen, dec. Steven Hajas, Delano, 4-1.

285: Zachary Jakes, Mankato West, fall Mitch Trigg, Foley, 0:35.

Colton Pool

Pool is a reporter for The West Fargo Pioneer covering city sports and community news. He was the sports editor for The Dickinson Press covering Dickinson State athletics, high school athletics and Southwest Speedway. He graduated from North Dakota State with a degree in journalism and a minor in English. You can reach him by phone at 701-451-5715 or tweet him @CPoolReporter. 

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