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Richter sparks Riders to win

The Grand Forks Central wrestling team entered Saturday's dual with rival Grand Forks Red River favored to win just three matches. One of those few underdogs sparked the Roughriders to a victory. Red River's Jayden Richter, ranked third at 130 po...

The Grand Forks Central wrestling team entered Saturday's dual with rival Grand Forks Red River favored to win just three matches.

One of those few underdogs sparked the Roughriders to a victory.

Red River's Jayden Richter, ranked third at 130 pounds, upset top-ranked Josh Roberts with a late charge to highlight a 45-17 victory over Central in the Red River gymnasium.

"I capitalized on his mistakes," Richter said. "(Roberts) is a great defensive wrestler. I just kept running at him."

Roberts, who dropped to 31-2 overall, took a 3-0 lead with a takedown at the end of the first period and an escape in the second. In the third period, Richter turned a takedown into near fall points for a 5-3 win.

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"Josh is extremely tough," Red River coach Bruce Moe said. "Jayden hung in there and made some good things happen in the third period."

Red River received wins from Bryce O'Neill, Luke Schieve, Josstyn Richter, Arlo DiCristina, Steven Klamm, Jayden Richter, Nash Hanevold, Jake Cooley, Alex Broderson and Paul Ericson.

Make Gavere, Andrew Kennedy, Tyler Vacura and Josh Truini picked up wins for Central.

"Aside from the Roberts upset, things went as expected," Berglund said. "But I thought the best match for us was Truini."

Truini beat Brian Ericson 9-1 at 140 pounds.

With the dual starting at the 171-pound weight class, the score was tied at 13 before the Riders won seven of the last eight matches.

"Coming in, we were only favored in three matches, so we knew we were up against some tough odds," Berglund said.

It was the last regular-season dual for both teams. Central dropped to 10-10 overall, while Red River improved to 14-6. However, the Roughriders may be on the outside looking in at the North Dakota state dual tournament.

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The top four teams in the East Region are Fargo South, Wahpeton, West Fargo and Fargo North.

According to Moe, the Riders were knocked out of a top-four spot because South had to forfeit a dual to North due to an ineligible wrestler.

"We could be potentially knocked out (of the state dual tournament) because of someone else's mistake," Moe said. "I hope (officials) do the right thing and not just say it's tough luck."

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