Short-handed Killdeer grapplers win Kenmare wrestling tournament title

Cole Dukart

The Killdeer School wrestling team flexed its muscle this past week, winning a tournament and winning two duals at a quadrangular.


In the quadrangular in Beulah on Tuesday, the Cowboys took advantage of several forfeits to defeat Watford City 42-31 and New Town 78-10.

Prior to that, the Cowboys won the Kenmare Tournament on Dec. 2 despite being short-handed. They won the 13-team tournament despite having just seven wrestlers competing..

Cole Dukart was named the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler, and was one of three champions for the Cowboys. The trio helped the Cowboys win the tournament with 143 points, which was 10 better than runner-up Des Lacs-Burlington.

Dukart (152), Tony Kluver (170), and Dillan Jepson (182) won gold medals, while John Tomjack (145) and Dylan Tabor (132) won silver medals, and Michael Moreno (220) captured a bronze medal.

Dukart won three matches, including defeating second-seeded Colton Bartuska of Des Lacs 6-3 in the semifinals and top-seeded Kaden Jaeger of Rugby 19-11 in the finals. He was voted the outstanding wrestler by the tournament coaches.

Jepson, the top seed at 182, defeated Carson Canfield of Tiago 8-5 in the final.

Kluver won five matches in a round-robin format, including three by pin to win his title at 170.

Coy Spooner of Des Lacs pinned Tomjack in 1:22 in the finals at 145, top-seeded Joey Berg of Rugby defeated Tabor 13-5 in the championship match at 12. Moreno placed third after going 1-2 in round-robin action at 220.

In the quadrangular, the Cowboys benefitted from 14 forfeits in the two matches, including 10 against New Town. But they got important pins in most the matches they did wrestle, particularly against Watford City.

Watford City actually won more matches, but the Cowboys came up with more pins. Hunter Kluver pinned Rylee Boomer in 1:28, before Zach Anderson pinned Try Polka in 43 seconds at 138 pounds. Jepson then pinned Joshua Duckworth in 1:27.

In the match with New Town, the Cowboys won two of the three matches wrestled, one by pin and the other by technical fall. Jaden Hicks scored a technical fall in 2:30 over Charlie Hunter at 120, before Hunter Kluver pinned Colby Amick in 59 seconds at 132. Zach Anderson dropped a 13-4 major decision to Joseph George of New Town at 138.

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