After a day of Regional Dual Tournaments held across the state, North Dakota Class B Wrestling has its final eight. #1 Lisbon and #2 South Border battled it out for the Region 1 crown with the overall #1 seed at state duals likely going to the winner. Like the regular season tilt, Saturday’s affair went the way of the Lisbon Broncos. This time it was a mch more comfortable 38-22 score. After South Border took two of the first three bouts from 195-285, Lisbon reeled off wins in eight of the next nine matches to grab an insurmountable lead and seal the victory. Important in that run was wins at 113 and 126 from Broncos Mike Nelson and Caleb Nielsen. Number five ranked Nelson edged #4 Charles Herr 3-2, while #3 ranked Caleb Nielsen defeated #1 (120) Marshall Lindgren 4-2. Lindgren bumped to 126 in that match. It seems likely that Lisbon and South Border will receive the first and second seeds at the sate tournament when it is seeded.
At Region two, a peaking Carrington Cardinal team reversed an early season loss to Pembina County North via 43-32 score. PCN was then forced to win a true second match over Central Cass to ensure their spot int he state tournament. Carrington and PCN traded wins through the first seven matches of the bout before Carrington won five matches in a row starting with a 6-1 decision from #2 Treston Lura over #2 Trevor Hinkle. Matthew Duchscherer and Kael Kovar scored pins for Carrington in that five match streak.
In a dual that featured only pins, the Velva Aggies defeated Bishop Ryan 50-34 in the Region 3 title tilt. With Bishop Ryan ahead 30-24 after a fall from Ryan #1 ranked senior Corbin Okeson, Velva took three forfeits in a row and then got two pins from Collin Dean and Shayden Schiele to seal the deal.
Region four top seed Hettinger had to qualify for the state tournament in a true second match after falling 38-31 to New Salem-Almont in the dual championship. New Salem-Almont won eight of fourteen matches, with the key victory a 4-2 win from Ethan Hammons over Ty Warbis at 152 pounds. #1 ranked 106 Cole Gerhardt of New Salem-Almont bumped to 113 and was upended by #1 113 Peyton Tuhy 3-0.