Jepson eyeing big prize at state grappling tourney

Senior enters as second seed

Dillan Jepson has been there before. But the senior still has some butterflies.


Jepson, the second-ranked 182-pounder in Class B, will be making his fourth appearance at the North Dakota High School Wrestling Championships at the Fargodome in Fargo.

The tournament runs from Thursday-Saturday.

Two years ago, Jepson placed fifth in the state tournament.

Last year he placed third at 182 pounds, his only loss was in the semifinals to Soren McDaniel of Lisbon.

He would love to meet up with him again. McDaniel is 31-1 and seeded number one.

But Jepson knows better than to look too far ahead.

“It’s exciting because I have a chance to make some things happen,” said Jepson.

He has the credentials. Jepson is 34-4 this year and is coming off a victory over highly regarded Connor Dennis of Watford City in the regional finals.

“You go in there with confidence, but you can’t take anything for granted,” Jepson said.

Wise words, said Killdeer co-head coach Daniel Kerr.

“He leads by example,’ Kerr said. “When he starts winning, it seems that the rest of the team starts winning.”

Jepson opens the tournament against 15th-seeded Braydon Schmidt of Linton HMB. Schmidt, a sophomore,  comes in with a 22-12 record.

“I’ve improved every year. Hopefully I can get more improvement this year,” Jepson said.    

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