Wrestling: Shearer finishes historic career with sixth championship
FARGO -- West Fargo senior Jordan Shearer stands alone on the all-time individual championships list in North Dakota high school wrestling history. Shearer won his sixth individual state title Saturday during the North Dakota state wrestling tour...
FARGO - West Fargo senior Jordan Shearer stands alone on the all-time individual championships list in North Dakota high school wrestling history.
Shearer won his sixth individual state title Saturday during the North Dakota state wrestling tournament at the Fargodome.
His pin against Bismarck senior Logan Boese in the Class A, 145-pound championship match was the culmination of one of the finest careers ever turned in by a North Dakota prep wrestler.
When Shearer won a 103-pound championship as a seventh-grader, the door was open for six. Five seasons later, Shearer's prolific path ended.
"I tried not to think about how it would end and not get too ahead of myself," said Shearer, who was named Class A senior athlete of the year. "It was something I had to push to the back of my mind and not worry about. I just had to wrestle one year at a time."
Shearer - the winningest prep wrestler in state history with a career record of 259-21- finished the season with a 36-1 record. Shearer, who has committed to Nebraska, wrestled half of the season with a torn ACL, Packers head coach Kayle Dangerud revealed Saturday.
Shearer won a pair of 103-pound titles as a seventh- and eighth-grader, and followed that up with state titles at 113 pounds in 2012, 126 pounds in 2013 and 132 pounds in 2014.
West Fargo finished second in the team individual race with 227.5 points. Bismarck was first with 239 points.
The Packers had five wrestlers - freshman Jared Franek (120), Shearer (145), sophomore Jesse Shearer (160), senior Weston Dobler (182) and sophomore Brandon Metz (220) - win individual championships, which is the most ever in a single season in program history. The previous high was four champions, which the Packers achieved in 2010 and 2011.
"I thought each of them went out and wrestled hard, and when you execute, great things are going to happen," said Dangerud, who is stepping down from his position at the end of the season.
In 10 seasons at West Fargo, Dangerud coached 14 different state-champion wrestlers that won a combined 25 titles.
Franek completed an undefeated season by scoring a pin over Bismarck Century sophomore Mason Schultz to become the state's single-season career wins record holder at 51-0. The previous wins record was 50, which three different wrestlers have achieved in state history.
Jesse Shearer scored a 4-0 decision over Jamestown junior Paxton Mewes.
"I had a game plan coming in and it was to score as much points in the first two periods and not let him catch me in the third," Jesse Shearer said.
The Shearers are grandsons of Wally Thompson of Staples and Marian Thompson of Motley and step-grandsons of Shirley Thompson of Staples.