Grand Forks Central wrestling coach Jeff Welsh has been utilizing film for a long time.

He remembers the late 1990s, using VHS tapes and having kids bring them back and forth from home to watch them.

In the last five years, though, the advent of online video sharing websites has allowed the wrestlers to watch their matches anytime and anywhere.

"It has been a game changer," Welsh said. "The wrestlers can easily see what needs correcting and coaches can add critiques to the video."

Grand Forks Central senior Braydon Williams loves to take advantage of the available video, and he's used it to become the East Region's No. 1 seed at 152 pounds heading into this weekend's North Dakota Class A state individual tournament in Fargo.

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"I'm a big film guy," Williams said. "We have Hudl on our Ipads. I have our matches on there dating back to my sophomore year. I have 80-90 matches or so to watch.

"When I get done with a match, I watch what I can improve on and then after that's out of the way, then I watch other people. But I worry about myself right away."

Williams said he can even access the matches on his phone. He likes to watch them the night of a match. If it's a road game, he's at the front of the bus to figure out when they'll be uploaded.

It's difficult this season to know who's favored at the state meet. In a strange year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, wrestlers haven't been able to wrestle in big meets where you often can gauge statewide strength.

Because of that, there have been limited state coaches polls. Welsh said some online polls have Williams listed as the No. 2 at 152 pounds and some a little lower, although Welsh said he considers Williams definitely in the top four.

Williams is 16-1 this season, with his only loss coming to Thief River Falls' Brady Kasprick.

"My expectations are to come out on top," Williams said. "It's kind of state championship or bust."

Williams, who was an EDC champion last year, finished fifth at state last year at 145 pounds.

"I think I've put it all together now," he said. "I'm confident I can bring one home."

Welsh said Williams really started to shine when he got to the high school level.

"He started doing a lot of offseason wrestling, both freestyle and Greco-Roman and lifting weights hard, particularly after his sophomore year," Welsh said. "At least three times a week we have an optional practice in the morning to work with a coach, and he's always there for that.

"He's really technically sound. He's a very smart wrestler."

Central's other top hopeful is senior Austin Bicker at 182 pounds. Bicker, the No. 2 seed from the East Region, is 14-3 this year.

Grand Forks Red River's top performer this year has been seventh-grader Gavyn Hlucny, who is 8-1 at 106 pounds.

N.D. Class A tournament

In Fargo, Thursday-Friday

Area state participants

GF Central -- Soph. 195 Michael Torgeson 3-8, sr. 220 Xavier Perez 0-0, jr. 220 Justin Kerr 8-8, jr. 285 Dongyu Jin 5-1, soph. 285 Daniel Suda 4-4, 7th 106 Anton Perales 5-8, 8th 113 Declan Shepperd 3-6, fr. 120 Gabe Tande 10-8, soph. 126 Mason Williams 10-8, fr. 132 Noah Morkve 8-9, jr. 138 Hayden Mack 8-10, soph. 145 Logan Shepperd 1-0, sr. 152 Braydon Williams 16-1, sr. 152 Mike Erickson 11-7, jr. 160 Cyncere Haskins 12-6, soph. 170 Gavin Pihlgren 1-4, sr. 182 Austin Bicker 14-3

GF Red River -- Fr. 220 John Bjerke 0-11, 7th 106 Gavyn Hlucny 8-1, sr. 113 Camden Larson 9-6, fr. 126 Jaxson Krueger 5-6, soph. 132 Max McCarthy 5-7, soph. 145 Kelly Middleton 1-8, fr. 182 Jacob Votava 3-8

Devils Lake -- sr. 195 Tyrese Leaf 2-7, soph. 220 Joey Heiser 3-11, fr. 285 Hudson Hodous 6-7, fr. 106 William Sprenger 10-3, jr. 106 Jenna Gerhardt 10-7, 8th 120 Owen Lindstrom 11-2, sr. 126 Kaleb Schwandt 11-2, soph. 132 Ethan Sprenger 12-2, sr. 138 Brant Fisk 10-1, jr. 145 Colton Young 10-4, jr. 152 James Charboneau 10-4, sr. 160 Zach Lange 5-1, sr. 182 Brayden Gerhardt 9-4