Tom Mix, Published February 16 2012
South Border, Lisbon advance to Class B dual wrestling semifinals
With the Mustangs holding a slim two-point advantage in its opening-round dual match against Carrington, Dockter made sure his team would advance.
Dockter earned a 6-1 decision over Lane Anderson at 152 pounds to help South Border earn a 35-30 victory at the North Dakota Class B state wrestling dual tournament Thursday at the Bismarck Civic Center.
“The pressure was so big,” Dockter said. “Knowing your whole team and your town is counting on you to win the match made it so much harder.”
South Border, a co-op between Ashley and Wishek, led 32-30 heading into the final, but the Cardinals had all the momentum after Riley Lura picked up a pin over Michael Wolf at 145 pounds.
From there it was in the hands of Dockter and Anderson.
The match was scoreless after the first two periods, and it was Anderson who picked up the first point on an escape.
Dockter recovered to score a two-point takedown and a two-point near fall, which made Mustangs coach Dwight Schilling feel more at ease after going through a see-saw dual.
“I was comfortable with Drew,” Schilling said.
“He’s a team player and he’s a kid we can count on. When he started to get the inside cradle I was relaxed because when he gets on top he’s pretty tough.”
Another comeback win that proved to be key for the Mustangs was at 195 pounds.
James Thielges, who moved up from 182, posted an 8-7 overtime decision over Austin Schuldheisz.
Schuldheisz held a 7-5 third-period lead, but Thielges scored a two-point takedown in the final 10 seconds to force extra time. The win gave South Border a 14-3 early lead.
“That match was big,” Schilling said. “We had to have it because we knew (Carrington’s) bottom three weight classes would be tough.”
Carrington’s Lucas Brown (106), Patrick Freeman (113) and Joe Bakke (120) all followed with wins and gave the Cardinals a 21-20 lead. The teams then traded two wins apiece, setting up the 152-pound finale.
The Mustangs advanced to wrestle Velva in the semifinals. Velva picked up a 39-31 victory over Hettinger.
“That’s going to be a close dual,” Schilling said of Velva. “We match up evenly at a lot of weight classes and it’s going to go back and forth. I predict it will be a three- to six-point margin with no blowouts on either end.”
Lisbon also advanced to the semifinals defeating Minot Bishop Ryan 64-12.
Seniors Derek Rotenberger (160) and Garrett Johnson (170) each scored pins in the first two matches of the dual to give the Broncos a 12-0 lead. In total, the Broncos posted 10 pins over the Lions.
“They were focused on what we came here to accomplish and it was good to see them have that intensity,” Lisbon coach Joe Kern said of his team’s performance. “We’re here to win both team titles, but it’s not going to be easy.”
Lisbon, which fell a half-point shy of last year’s team individual title, will wrestle Killdeer in the semis. Killdeer beat North Border-Cavalier 46-33.
“It’s going to be a tough match,” Kern said of the Killdeer dual. “They matchup up well with us in duals and it’s going to take every individual to advance to the finals.”
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