BISMARCK — The rivalry continues.
In favor of Josh Wallick.
Wallick, a junior on the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher wrestling team who is Class 1A’s top-ranked wrestler at 285 pounds, beat Bismarck-Henning’s formidable heavyweight Morgan Supergan in the 285-pound championship match during Saturday’s 1A Bismarck-Henning Regional.
Wallick improved to 43-0 and claimed a spot in next weekend’s Stanford Olympia Sectional after he pinned Supergan in 5 minutes, 48 seconds. The two state place-winners from a year ago at Assembly Hall — Wallick was third while Supergan was sixth — met again after both cruised through their first two matches in Bismarck.
“The match was pretty intense,” Wallick said. “Toward the beginning there weren’t very many points scored. I wanted to take him down right away but I didn’t get that chance. As he started to back away and get more tired, I started to try to take him down more. I didn’t want to take it to overtime. I knew if I could take him down he wouldn’t be able to do anything.”
Wallick finished Supergan off with only 12 seconds remaining in regulation. The two met three times during last year’s postseason, with Wallick winning all three matches. The trend continued Saturday.
“I think the best thing in high school is to get a rivalry with someone, so you have someone to push yourself to work against,” Wallick said. “I love having a rivalry to try to see what I can do against them. I’m pretty ecstatic.”
Wallick wasn’t the only GCMS/Fisher wrestler who had a banner day. The Falcons had five other individual champions — Hunter Lowry at 106, Cameron Schwing at 113, Dylan Donner at 120, Chet McClure at 138 and Tristan Smith at 160 — to compile 186 points and win the program’s first team regional championship since 2010. GCMS/Fisher will compete at the Heyworth Team Sectional on Feb. 19.
Prairie Central, which finished second in the team race, had five regional champs: Paul Garcia at 132, Evan Bahler at 145, John Kupferschmid at 182, Alex Rhoda at 195 and Cody Parks at 220. St. Joseph-Ogden’s Austin Hedrick at 152 and Austin Upton at 170 also secured regional titles while Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac’s Antonio Alvarez won a championship at 126.
“It means a lot, honestly, just because that’s what we had been working for,” GCMS/Fisher coach Josh Carter said. “I was real proud of the guys just for all the work they had put into it the last week or two. We just had laser focus going into this. They competed for each other. That was probably the most gratifying.”
At Unity. Team titlist Monticello had five regional champions (Logan Knisley at 106, Austin Hyde at 126, Mike Redwinski at 170, Tanner VanDalsen at 195 and Zach Armstrong at 220) to top the nine-team field.
Argenta-Oreana’s Zach Whitsel (120), Nate Jozsa (132), Rob Lane (145) and Brock Elliott (152) also won regional titles.
At LeRoy. The host Panthers won the team title, with Tate Ruffner at 113, Austin Matlock at 120, Tyler Walsh at 126, Peyton Roop at 132, DJ Morgan at 145 and Ty Sandy at 220 securing regional championships.