After a crazy three days of wrestling that saw Lisbon, Carrington, and Hettinger-Scranton trade blow back and forth to the enjoyment of North Dakota Class B wrestling fans, the Lisbon Broncos went three for three in the individual finals and grabbed the first place team trophy by 10.5 points over Carrington. Warrington also placed three in the championship round, but only senior 285 Bradee Schroeder was able to get the job done.
For the Broncos, all three finalists were favored, and all three got the job done, starting with 182 Soren McDaniel. Seeking his first title in his third finals appearance, McDaniel scored a key reversal to end the first period on top, and went on to defeat Killdeer’s Dillan Jepson 9-7. After some post-match celebration, the soft spoken McDaniel was the first to the awards chairs of the eight class B placers. McDaniel immediately sat in the chair with the “1” marking for the state champion, seemingly relieved that after two state finals losses, that chair finally belonged to him.
Lisbon secured the Individual championship when Naopoleon’s Garrett Jangula defeated Carrington’s Zach Broadwell in the 138 pound title match, but that didn’t mean there wasn’t still work to be done. In a rematch of the first round dual matchup from Thursday afternoon that ended in a narrow Ethan Elijah victory over Pembina County North’s Brett Verville, Elijah seemed better prepared this time to deal with the hard-to-control Verville. The Bronco wrestled soundly for all six minutes and walked away with his second state title by 9-2 decision:
To put a cap on the championship for the Broncos, Jordan Urbach started fast and survived a late push from Beulah-Hazen’s Tyrel Mellmer to win his first individual championship 7-5. Ubach was a runner up last season.
In total, the champion Broncos placed eight wrestlers in the top eight, and head coach Joe Kern was named Class B coach of the year.