In a rematch of the finals at the Night Hawk Classic in Hettinger, Dillan Jepson proved he was again too much for Kobe Murphy of Standing Rock Community High School.
Dunn County Herald
Jepson defeated Murphy 8-5 at 182 pounds to lead the Cowboys to a convincing 49-17 road victory over Standing Rock in a triangular that included New Salem-Almont.
Jepson, a state bronze-medal winner last year, secured a pin that ensured a tie with New Salem-Almont.
In the Standing Rock dual, Murphy was seeking revenge from his loss to Jepson at Hettinger. Jepson beat Murphy 10-5 in the finals and helped Killdeer place fifth in the two-day tournament that featured 17 teams from Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.
It was nip-and-tuck the entire match, but in the end the result was the same.
Killdeer rolled to the easy victory by winning four of the five matches wrestled and then won five more by forfeit. In addition to Jepson’s win, Ean Larsen defeated Kaden Keener 10-0 at 113 pounds, while Cole Dukart pinned Delaney Lester in 2 minutes, 47 seconds at 152. Rope Smith also pinned Shang Agard in 1:27 at 195.
Isiah Grey Bear posted the only victory for Standing Rock, defeating Kurtlyn Hall 18-3 at 170.
The dual with New Salem-Almont was a different matter. New Salem-Almont won more matches 4-3, but the Cowboys took advantage of its depth and posted four victories by forfeit.
The Killdeer included pins by Larsen, Dukart and Jepson. Larsen pinned Cody Irwin in 3:45, Dukart stuck Tyler Sieizler in 1:06 and Jepson pinned Adam Morman in 30 seconds.