Though the Century Patriots didn’t achieve all of their team goals at the North Dakota Class A State Wrestling Tournament over the weekend, two Patriots left the Fargodome with their second title. Both are also three time state finalists. Jacob Rader, who won his title as a sophomore at 170 two years ago before falling in last year’s state title match to Mandan’s Dale Spilman, scored a career walk-off takedown with just seconds remaining in his matchup with Legacy’s Matt Kaylor. Rader and Kaylor wrestled four tight bouts during the regular season, with winning each. This state final was the last match of Rader’s wrestling career, as he will attend Northern State in the fall and play football.
Schulz ended his dominant season with a 7-2 decision over Noah Weik in the 138 pound final and finished his season 53-1. Schulz’s only loss came at to nationally #3 ranked Austin Gomez of Glenbard North, IL. Over the course of four years in the Patriot lineup, Schulz has developed into one of the most dynamic wrestlers in the state from neutral, scoring with a myriad of beautiful leg attacks and using his hips as well as anyone in the country. He finishes this season as the single-seaosn pin leader for Century. Schulz has signed at Minnesota State University-Moorhead to wrestled for North Dakota native Kris Nelson next season.