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PREP WRESTLING: West Fargo hands Grand Forks Central first EDC loss

Winning has become the norm for Brady Terrill this season. Victory No. 14 came Tuesday night, and it had a little more meaning for the Grand Forks Central High School sophomore.

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Grand Forks Central's Chancler Devier and West Fargo's Christian Ramberg face off on Thursday, Jan 15, 2015, in Grand Forks, N.D. (Logan Werlinger/Grand Forks Herald)

Winning has become the norm for Brady Terrill this season. Victory No. 14 came Tuesday night, and it had a little more meaning for the Grand Forks Central High School sophomore.

Terrill picked up a pin in 28 seconds against Zach Willis, a sophomore 285-pounder for state powerhouse West Fargo.

“It always feels good to beat a guy from West Fargo,’’ Terrill said. “Ever since I started wrestling, they’ve always been on top. I’ve been more excited for this dual than any other. It’s exciting to wrestle a team like this; it’s definitely even more exciting to come out with a win.’’

Central didn’t come out with enough wins to stay unbeaten in Eastern Dakota Conference dual standings. The visiting Packers won nine of the 14 matches to claim a 45-30 win. The Knights dropped to 5-1 in the region and 10-4 over. West Fargo, 9-1 overall, leads the EDC at 5-0.

Where Central won, it won big. Terrill, Carlos Balboa and Brandon Hanson all had first-period pins. Spencer Oen and Jacob Stauss each scored pins in less than three minutes.

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But West Fargo had its own pinners, as Keegan Cronin, Jared Franek, Jordan Shearer, Weston Dobler and Brandon Metz all had pins, all but Metz getting their 6-pointers in the first period.

“We hoped we could win seven matches,’’ Central coach Matt Berglund said. “But even if we had won seven, I don’t think that would have been enough to win. They pick up so many bonus points with all their good pinners. They had too much depth.

“But I thought we showed that we are one of the top teams in the conference.’’

West Fargo coach Kayle Dangerud said the Packers have the potential to be as good as last season’s team that won the state dual tournament and was runner-up in the state individual tournament.

“We had a really good team last year,’’ Dangerud said. “We graduated five state placers; that hurts. But we still expect to compete for a state championship. I think we can be as good as last year’s team. We just have to get healthy and keep getting better.’’

For Central, the Knights may have shown more in the defeat than they did in their five EDC wins.

“I think we showed our 5-0 start wasn’t a fluke,’’ Berglund said. “If they had blown us out, like they have everybody in the conference, we would have wondered. But I think this proved to us that we’re legit.’’

 

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Grand Forks Central's Bryce Brandon attempts an escape from West Fargo's Cade Peterson on Thursday, Jan 15, 2015, in Grand Forks, N.D. (Logan Werlinger/Grand Forks Herald)

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