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Published February 21 2010

North Dakota State High School Class A wrestling notebook: Bruins’ Fugleberg gets 285 title this time around

One year of hard work helped Fargo South senior Gerad Fugleberg rebound from the greatest disappointment of his wrestling career.

Fugleberg, who was defeated by one point in the 285-pound title match a year ago, scored a 12-2 major decision against Bismarck’s Nick Nelson to secure his the first state crown of his career Saturday at the Fargodome.

“I’ve said it before, losing was the worst,” Fugleberg said. “This is the best I’ve ever felt. … Hitting the weights, offseason wrestling works. I recommend it to anybody.”

Wrestling in front of a large contingent of family and friends, Fugleberg proved he was a complete wrestler in the finals.

Fugleberg, a dominant leg-rider last season, won this match on his feet.

He was quick and precise, taking shots at Nelson’s legs with confidence.

Fugleberg’s brother, Tony, earned North Dakota’s 275-pound title in 2000.

“I’ve been working for this since 10 years ago when Tony won it. It’s been my dream ever since. Now that I’m finally there, it’s amazing.”

Wahpeton’s Rollins

wins state title again

There was a time late this season when Wahpeton senior Pat Rollins couldn’t wait to get to the end of the wrestling season.

But the 125-pounder’s love of the sport squashed that feeling quickly.

Now he’s a back-to-back state champion.

Rollins scored a 19-7 major decision against West Fargo’s Tom Kuehn in the 125-pound final.

“Bumps and road blocks and bumps in the road,” Rollins said of his final prep season. “You are tired in practice a month ago and you can’t wait for the season to be over with. .. I’m standing here today saying I wish the season was a month longer.”

Rollins’ only loss this season came in a four overtime thriller against a Minnesota wrestler at the Rumble on the Red tournament in Fargo.

He finished 37-1.

Rollins’ final prep appearance was a thing of beauty.

He had Kuehn on the run for much of the match, and held the upper hand for almost all nine minutes.

Kuehn, who finished third at state last season, entered the match with a 110-33 career record.

Rollins, the 119-pound champion a year ago, said he hopes to make a decision on his wrestling future following junior national competition this summer.

“I just wish it was a couple weeks longer,” Rollins said. “For this to be my last match kills me. I love it so much.”

Takedowns

Three wrestlers finished as undefeated champions: Fargo South junior

119-pounder Eric Forde (31-0), West Fargo senior 189-pounder Tyler Lehmann (41-0), West Fargo senior 215-pounder Scott Schiller (43-0). … Bismarck Century’s Randy Hilzendenger was named Class A coach of the year. Schiller was named senior athlete of the year. … Schiller had the quickest pin of the tournament with a 9 second win against Wahpeton’s Josh Deike in the first round.


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