Saturday afternoon at the Fargodome belonged to the Lisbon Broncos and Hettinger/Scranton’s Kyle Burwick. The Broncos, deadlocked with New Salem/Almont entering day three of the NDHSAA Class B state individual tournament, locked things up in the wrestlebacks with four top five finishers including third place winners Hunter Schwab (138) and Gavin Reinke (195). The Broncos added three individual titles from Boeden Greenley, Caleb Nielsen, and Jordan Sours. Greenley and Sours finished undefeated after moving down one weight class each to 106 and 113 respectively. Greenley wasn’t touched once at 106. The eighth grader scored a 7-2 decision over Central Cass’s Jake Deutsch to bring home his first state title. Nielsen met his match in Velva’s Gunnar Mogen, but the junior Bronco bested Mogen on the strength of some fantastic defensive scrambling and the lone takedown of the bout. Nielsen won the bout 3-0 and finished the season 35-7 Lisbon’s final champion was 152 Jordan Sours. Sours posted a 9-4 decision over New Salem/Almont senior Josh Irwin. Lisbon did take one finals loss as well. At 285, Ben Shearer lost to Region 1 rival Riley Molter 4-0. Shearer defeated Molter for the Region 1 title a week ago.
Hettinger/Scranton’s Kyle Burwick joined an elite class of Class B grapplers when he defeated Linton/HMB’s Chandler Nagel via third period technical fall 19-3. Burwick joins Dave Hilliard, Levi Haugen, and Erik Loepp as the only five-time North Dakota state wrestling champions. Burwick is currently ranked #1 in the nation at 126 pounds by Intermat and is headed to Wisconsin in the fall.
Second Place New Salem/Almont crowned two champions in Clay Gerhardt and Chauncey Dittus. Gerhardt was dominant in all positions of a 7-0 decision over Kindred state champion Carter Schmitz. The 120 pound title is the third consecutive for the New Salem/Almont junior. A senior, Dittus got back to the top of the podium after winning it as a sophomore and finishing second last season. He upended Pembina County North state champion Tanner Urlaub 9-2.
At 132 pounds, Oakes senior Coy Awender pulled the upset over New Salem/Almont two-time state champion Tayt Wolding. Awender used superb defense to stay in the match early and scored a takedown in the third period to go ahead 3-1. In a crazy scramble in the last 20 seconds, Awender gave up a clasping call, but held on to the top position and won the match 3-2.
Hillsboro/Central Valley state champion Mark Hastings grabbed title #2 with a tight 7-6 decision over Corbin Okeson of Bishop Ryan. Hastings gave up a takedown and two back points in the first period before chipping away at the Okeson lead and ultimately taking the lead in the third with a takedown and two backs.
Coy Spooner of Des Lacs/Burlington rolled through his junior season undefeated 43-0. A state finalist last season, Spooner defeated Bailey Lawson of Harvey/Wells County 7-3.
Bowman County/Beach #3 seed Beau Jeffers won a state title with a 5-3 decision over Region 4 rival Kaden Sago. Jeffers didn’t lose a match to Class B competition this season.
Also undefeated against Class B competition this season was 138 Riley Zachmeier of Rugby. Zachmeier navigated through the 138 pound bracket and trounced Carrington’s Lucas Geiszler 10-1 in the finals. It was Zachmeier’s first title after finishing runner-up twice.
Napoleon crowned two champions for the second consecutive season when Nathan Weigel and Garret Jangula went back to back at 160 and 170. Weigel won the rubber match with Jake Herr of South Border by 3-2 decision. The title was Weigel’s second. Jangula capped his junior season in dominating fashion 10-0 over Central Cass’s Jeremiah Sullivan. The title is Jangula’s third.