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Wrestlers flatten Knights, Bruins

West Fargo’s Jesse Shearer wrestles Fargo South’s Augustus Siaway during the Friday, Jan. 10, dual at West Fargo High School. Shearer won by pin. Carrie Snyder

In two duals last week, the Packer wrestling team showed why they are the top-ranked team in the state.

The team completely overwhelmed their opponents -- Grand Forks Central and Fargo South -- on Thursday and Friday, beating the Knights 70-6 before trouncing the Bruins 72-6.

“I thought we wrestled well in both duals,” head coach Kayle Dangerud said. “We have to continue on working hard every time we step out on the mat. Our intensity level needs to be at a high level.”

Highlighting the Packers was 106-pound eighth-grader Jared Franek, who combined for less than 90 seconds on the mat in two days, pinning one opponent in 49 seconds and the other in 33.

Similarly, 160-pound junior and defending state champ Weston Dobler spent just under three minutes on the mat, pinning his first opponent in 1 minute, 21 seconds and the other in exactly 90 seconds.

The Packers have a busy week, starting tomorrow with a dual against the always dangerous Moorhead Spuds at 7 p.m.

“Last year our dual with Moorhead was way too close for comfort,”  Dangerud said. “Moorhead is a great team and they are well-coached. I think our guys understand that we cannot let down at all when competing against them. If we work hard, hustle, and wrestle aggressively, good things will happen.”

They follow that up with six duals over the course of Friday and Saturday at the Grand Forks Dual Tournament, including a Friday dual against the Bismarck Demons, their toughest competition in the state.