South Border nearly had a perfect semifinal round. Through six consecutive wrestlers, the Mustangs scored decisive victories including four via fall. Marshal Lindgren foreshadowed what was to come with a :25 second fall in the first semifinal of the evening. Lindgren shot a quick left-side single off the whistle and immediately locked up a cradle for the fall. Grant Schneider followed Lindgren’s fall with an 11-0 major decision over Rugby’s Riley Odden at 132. At 138, #6 seed Jon Schockley got a fall of his own in 3:17 over Hettinger/Scranton’s #7 Conner Andress. Behind 4-2 in the second period, Schockley turned an Andress shot into a chin rip and fall. At 152 and 160, South Border’s senior leaders then did what they’ve done all year long. Mark Jochim scored a 5:00 fall in his bout with #6 Brett Wendel of Lamoure/L/M, and Jake Herr battled past Carrington’s #3 Tate Hoggarth at 160. Herr gave up the first takedown in the bout, but stayed the course and won 6-4. Junior Nate Schauer capped the winning at 195 with a one minute pin over Ellendale/Edgeley/Kulm’s Bridger Mathern. South Border’s lone loss came at 113, where Charles Herr fell to #1 Treston Lura 5-0. South Border’s big round gave the team a 13 point cushion over #1 Lisbon heading into tomorrow’s important wrestleback session. The Mustangs have four in the wrestlebacks to go with their six finalists.
The Lisbon Broncos entered the evening with a ten point advantage, and in spite of the score change, had a fantastic evening. The Broncos matched South Border blow for blow starting with 138 state champion Boeden Greenley at 138. Greenley rolled to a 22-6 technical fall over Brock Roesler of Kindred. Lisbon then took back to back losses at 145 and 152. At 145 Hunter Schwab pushed #2 Garrett Hebl late into the third before Hebl put Schwab to his back and won the bout 7-1. At 152, Kindred’s Easton Ogren defeated Jaden Schmidt 5-0. Lisbon got back to the winning ways at 160, where two-time state champion Jordan Sours pinned Brady Volk in 3:34. Needing even more to keep pace, the Broncos also got pins at 220 and 285. At 220, Sam Rieger pinned Carrington’s Colton Buskness in 5:00. In one of the upsets of the evening at 285, Lisbon’s #4 Ethan Lyons pinned #1 Keegan Henjum of Bishop Ryan in 2:44. After a scoreless first period, Lyons scored an escape and two takedown, then bulled Henjum to his back for the fall. Lisbon did lose their final two semifinal bouts of the evening. At 106 Carter Wallner gave up an 11-4 decision to Velva’s Colin Dean, and Hettinger/Scranton’s Peyton Tuhy pinned Mike Nelson in 1:30. Nelson scored the first takedown in that match, but gave up a five point Peterson that Tuhy was able to stack for the fall. Along with four finalists, Lisbon has seven in the wrestlebacks. That should be more than enough to make things interesting tomorrow afternoon
After Henjum, only one #1 seed was knocked to the wrestleback. At 220, New Salem/Almont senior Adam Morman scored a 4-3 decision over Peyton Grunfelder of Napoleon. Williams County’s Ethan Wonser had some late match heroics at 126. Seeded third, Wonser scored a last second takedown to grab the win over Luke Leshuk of Hillsboro/Central Valley.
Bishop Ryan’s Corbin Okeson nearly took a major upset at 182. Okeson fell behind Hillsboro/CV’s Gavin Wright big early, but took control in the second period and scored late in the third to win the match 12-10.
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