North Dakota’s four Class B regions held their respective dual tournaments and now the top two teams from each region-eight teams total-will head to the Fargodome in two weeks to battle it out for the North Dakota State Dual Championship. Last year’s champion Hettinger/Scranton NightHawks are back in the tournament field this year, but Randy Burwick’s squad was runner-up in Region 4 to a very strong Bowman County/Beach team that makes a good case for the #2 seed in the tournament behind likely #1 Lisbon. Seeds and draws will be announced by the NDSHAA this week.
Lisbon and South Border will be your dual team representatives from Region 1. Lisbon, likely to be chosen as the top seed by the NDHSAA this week, upended South Border 51-20. The Broncos won nine of fourteen matches in the dual including eight falls. The upset of the match went the way of South Border when 145 Jake Herr defeated #1 ranked Jordan Sours 7-5 in overtime. South Border advanced to the finals with a dominating 51-24 victory over third place Oakes
There is a new king in Region 2 this season, as Hillsboro/CV defeated perennial champion Carrington 38-34 on a :50 second fall from Matt Anderson over Carrington’s Trevor Hoggarth. Region 2 featured the most intrigue, as Carrington and Hillsboro battled through grinding semifinals matches with Pembina County North and Central Cass before meeting in a finals classic. Carrington advanced back to the state dual tournament with a 52-24 true second victory over Central Cass.
In spite of an injury to team leader Eli Hackman that left Velva weaker than it was the first time they met with Bishop Ryan, the Aggies still rolled to a 52-22 victory and Region 3 title. Velva won nine of 14 matches in the dual, but will be hampered at the state tournament by forfeits taken at 138 and 152. Velva will be seeded in the top five, and Bishop Ryan is likely to be one of three teams drawn in to the field.