Seeding for the Class A East Region wrestling tournament will be done Friday night. Grand Forks Central coach Jeff Welsh projects that two Knights could get a No. 1 seed at their weight classes.
When the tournament is held Saturday at Fargo North, however, Welsh looks for a lot of high places for the Knights. Based on criteria, Welsh projects that Central could have top-3 seeds at as many as 11 of the 14 weight classes.
"I'm really happy with our quality depth,'' Welsh said. "Having a solid kid at every weight like we do, that's a real blessing.''
The top eight finishers in each weight class qualify for the Class A state tournament.
Welsh said Braydon Williams at 120 pounds and Grant Sullivan at 220 are the most likely No. 1 seeds for Central.
"As far as making a run at winning region and state titles, Will (Rohrich) is probably the one who is right up there for us,'' Welsh said. "If Grant is wrestling well, he could be a contender to make the region and state finals. And Josh Isassi can beat anyone on any given day.''
Rohrich (35-5), Cameran Bridgeford (30-13), Ben Stevens (29-11), Isassi (29-16) and Sullivan (28-14) lead Central in wins. "We have potentially eight kids who could get 30 wins this season,'' Welsh said. "That's a barometer we use for kids with a good possibility of placing at state.''
Red River coach Andrew Kennedy said Joe Sundine and Macaiah Peterson are the Roughriders' likely highest seeds.
"They could get a third or a fourth seed,'' Kennedy said. "My better kids are in some of the tougher weight classes. It would probably take an upset for them to get to the finals.''
Wave seeded third
East Grand Forks Senior High (14-8-2) is seeded third in the Section 8A girls hockey tournament.
The Wave host No. 6 Park Rapids (0-20-0)-a team they've beaten 12-1 and 6-0-in a 7 p.m. first-round game Thursday.
If the Wave advance, it gets tougher. Warroad, the top-ranked team in Minnesota, is the section's No. 1 seed and Thief River Falls is second. Senior High is 1-3 against those teams, totaling four goals in the four games.
"Scoring is a concern when we play those good teams,'' EGF coach Brian Larson said. "We just don't get the big-scoring games against them. The ability is there. I don't know if our problem is confidence or what.''
Madison McDonald (29 goals-13 assists), Kendra Emery (10-21) and C.J. Mack (10-19) lead Senior High's offense.
A Central-Red River rematch
Fargo Davies, West Fargo Sheyenne and and West Fargo, the top three teams in the East Region boys basketball standings, each have beaten 8-7 Grand Forks Red River twice. The Roughriders' only other loss was to Grand Forks Central.
The 3-12 Knights have tried to build on that 77-66 win over Red River.
"It gives us confidence that we can play with them, and with other teams in that range in the standings,'' Central coach Dan Carlson said. "That was our best win of the year. Red River is a top-five team in the region. We played well against them.
"I think we've built on that win, although it doesn't necessarily show in our win total. Our defense has been better.''
The teams have a rematch in a doubleheader at Central on Friday.
At 5:30 p.m., the Central and Red River girls play, followed by the Red River-Central boys game at 7:30.