Pins from Vallager, Shahin, and Coley Contribute to Spuds Win Over Spartans
The Spud Varsity Line-Up returned this week with a home dual against Fargo North High School. Moorhead won 9 out of 14 matches headlined by three pins. Sophomore Colton Vallager earned the first fall for the spuds, with a :23 second match at the 120lb weight class. Senior Arzheen Shahin had the second pin of the evening with a first period fall of his own. And senior heavyweight, Jaydon Coley closed the night out with a fall of his own, :35 seconds into the second period.
7th Grader, Dane Ellingsberg started the dual out. Dane fell to a 7-0 deficit early in the 2nd period but continued to pick away at the lead. Dane finished the match with a 1 point lead, when the Fargo North wrestler was deemed unable to finish the match because of injury default.
Zack Fankhanel, a 9th grader, was the only other live match win for the Spuds, with a 16-0 technical fall. 8th grader Nolan Giddinds, 9th grader David Krabbenhoft, junior Ashtan Larry, and senior Jackson Gotta all took forfeits to add 6 points each to the team score.
On the JV side of things, the Spuds were led by junior Ian Mohler who had 2 pins in 2 matches. Also winning junior varsity matches for the Spuds were junior Jeremy Murray, 8th grader Will Borud, 9th grader Bridger Mongeau, and junior Binyad Brifki.
Moorhead is back in action Friday, January 29th when Buffalo and Bemidji come to Moorhead for a triangular.
Final Score- Moorhead 53- Fargo North 28
106- Dane Ellingsberg (Moorhead) over Unknown (Inj. [time])
113- Nolan Giddings (Moorhead) over Unknown (For.)
120- Colton Vallager (Moorhead) over Jace Varriano (Fargo North) (Fall 0:31)
160- Joshua Worral (Fargo North) over Abraham Dimo (Moorhead) (TF 18-1 3:15)
182- David Krabbenhoft (Moorhead) over Unknown (For.)
195- Ashtan Larry (Moorhead) over Unknown (For.)
220- Jackson Gotta (Moorhead) over Unknown (For.)
Moorhead wins 1 and loses 1 in Osseo
The Spuds wrestled on Saturday January 16th at Osseo High School against Osseo and Park Center. Moorhead would go on to to win against Park Center and lose to Osseo.
The day was headlined by 3 major milestones. Senior captain, Jack Newcomb went 2-0 on the day and pinned the incoming number 9 ranked wrestler from Park Center as well as winning his second match with Osseo. As well as the "upset" 8th grader Nolan Giddings and junior Ashtan Larry got their first career varsity wins at the 113lb and 195lb weight classes. Larry went 2-0 on the day where he also received a forfeit.
Many Spuds saw success throughout the long day which started with a 5:30 am weigh in and bus ride. 9th grader Lee Ellingsberg went undefeated with a forfeit and a pin. Junior Evan Fankhanel also went 2-0 with a pin of his own.
7th grader Dane Ellingsberg, senior Arzheen Shahin, and 8th grader Will Borud all went 1-1 on the day. The Spuds did a great job of wrestling full matches and not giving up free points.
On the JV side of things, freshman Moayad Abdi led the way with 2 wins, while senior Jaydon Coley, juniors AJ Dimo and Jeremy Murray sophomores Jayce Fritel and Hudson Hall, freshman David Krabbenhoft and 8th graders Jack Olstad and Michael Jenkins all earned wins for the Spuds!
The Spuds continue their busy schedule when Frazee and West Fargo Sheyenne come to Moorhead on Tuesday, January 19th. Then the Spuds travel to West Fargo High School to take on West Fargo and Lake Park-Audubon.
Final Score- Moorhead 41- Park Center 29
106- Dane Ellingsberg (Moorhead) over Unknown (For.)
120- Double Forfeit
126- Lee Ellingsberg (Moorhead) over Unknown (For.)
132- Evan Fankhanel (Moorhead) over Rodiat Adeduntan (Park Center) (Fall 0:40)
145- Will Borud (Moorhead) over Unknown (For.)
160- Victor Perez-Meza (Park Center) over Zach Fankhanel (Moorhead) (MD 9-0)
195- Ashtan Larry (Moorhead) over Unknown (For.)
220- Kellen Kopp (Park Center) over Jack Greelis (Moorhead) (Fall 1:30)
Final Score- Osseo 50- Moorhead 25
113- Nolan Giddings (Moorhead) over Damante Williams (Osseo) (Fall 2:33)
126- Connor Spanier (Osseo) over Unknown (For.)
152- Dylan Schultz (Osseo) over Bridger Mongeau (Moorhead) (Fall 0:17)
160- Caidon Williams (Osseo) over Zach Fankhanel (Moorhead) (Fall 4:39)
195- Ashtan Larry (Moorhead) over Julian Flores (Osseo) (Fall 4:15)
285- Jagger Schack (Osseo) over Jaydon Coley (Moorhead) (Fall 1:05)
Spuds Debut Eight Wrestlers in Home Opener
The Moorhead Spuds opened up their season, hosting a triangular against Detroit Lakes, and Fargo Davies. The Spuds wrestled both teams last night and had 8 different wrestlers begin their varsity careers. 7th Grader Dane Ellingsberg won the very first match of the night with a come from behind victory at the 106lb weight class. Dane finished 1-1 on the evening.
At 113lbs, 8th grader Nolan Giddings was the next man up for the Spuds and impressed coaches with his refusal to give up. He finished 0-2 on the evening but stood out for some of the good things he did.
Also, debuting in varsity action were sophomore Colton Vallager, 8th grader Will Borud, 9th grader Bridger Mongeau, junior Ashtan Larry, senior Jack Greelis, and junior Zion Dyer. All of the varsity newcomers showed positive things on the mat to build off of in upcoming events.
As well as the newcomers, the Spuds also returned 6 wrestlers; freshman Lee Ellingsberg, junior Evan Fankhanel, senior Arzheen Shahin, freshman Zack Fankhanel, senior Haakon Peterson, and senior Jack Newcomb.
The Spud Junior Varsity wrestled on a separate mat at the same time as the varsity. Spud JV wrestlers earning victories during their first night of wrestling were; Michael Jenkins (8th), Jack Olstad (8th), and Jaydon Coley (12th).
The Spuds are back in action Saturday, January 16th when Moorhead goes on the Road to Osseo High School for a triangular against Osseo and Park Center.
Final Score- Detroit Lakes 59- Moorhead 9
113- Izaiah Vargas (Detroit Lakes) over Nolan Giddings (Moorhead) (MD 11-2)
120- LeRoy LaCrosse (Detroit Lakes) over Colton Vallager (Moorhead) (Fall 2:54)
138- Bradly Swiers (Detroit Lakes) over Arzheen Shahin (Moorhead) (Dec 8-2)
152- Brody Ullyott (Detroit Lakes) over Bridger Mongeau (Moorhead) (Fall 1:26)
160- Zach Fankhanel (Moorhead) over Garett Nelson (Detroit Lakes) (Fall 2:00)
182- Blaine Henderson (Detroit Lakes) over Jack Newcomb (Moorhead) (MD 16-2)
195- Hunter Jorgenson (Detroit Lakes) over Ashtan Larry (Moorhead) (Fall 1:50)
220- Jeffery Moen (Detroit Lakes) over Jack Greelis (Moorhead) (Fall 1:23)
285- Michael Friendshuh (Detroit Lakes) over Zion Dyer (Moorhead) (Fall 5:31)
Final Score- Fargo Davies 51- Moorhead 19
120- Sajan Gurung (Fargo Davies) over Colton Vallager (Moorhead) (Fall 2:35)
152- Ryan Barth (Fargo Davies) over Bridger Mongeau (Moorhead) (Fall 0:13)
160- Kenneth Hanson (Fargo Davies) over Zach Fankhanel (Moorhead) (Dec 9-6)
182- Jack Newcomb (Moorhead) over Abdul Muhaimn Al-Janabi (Fargo Davies) (MD 14-4)
195- Rylen Reid (Fargo Davies) over Ashtan Larry (Moorhead) (Fall 1:23)
285- Dylan Carlquist (Fargo Davies) over Zion Dyer (Moorhead) (Fall 1:16)