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Tom Mix, Published February 17 2012

Fourth-seeded Oakes wrestler advances

By Tom Mix


BISMARCK – Oakes head coach Cory Schall knew he had two defending state champions who would be out to earn more titles.

But Schall didn’t expect that 106-pound sophomore Kaleb Sell wanted to get in on the party.

Sell, the No. 4 seed at 106, scored a 3-2 decision over No. 1 seed Sawyer Blumhardt of Central Cass during the North Dakota Class B state individual wrestling semifinals at the Bismarck Civic Center.

Sell will wrestle No. 2 seed Lucas Brown of Carrington in today’s final.

“We’re really surprised with Kaleb at 106,” Schall said. “He’s struggled a bit, but he’s really turned it on at this tournament.”

Sell joins Tornadoes teammates Erik Loepp (113) and Cody Voegeli (145) in the individual finals.

Loepp won last year’s 103-pound individual title and Voegeli was the 135-pound champion.

“It’s been really fun,” Sell said of his run in the tournament. “It really tests the nerves.”

His semifinal match went the distance, but Sell was able to hold off Blumhardt for the win.

Blumhardt scored a two-point near fall in the first period, but Sell scored an escape followed by a two-point reversal in the second period.

After that, all Sell had to do was contain.

“I wanted to get a tilt and get some back points, but when that didn’t work my main goal was to not let (Blumhardt) score,” Sell said.

Lisbon’s Nelson continues his tourney roll

Lisbon sophomore Joe Nelson advanced to the finals at 182 pounds with a 4-2 decision over Ben Ketterling of Oakes.

The win was Nelson’s latest big win in the Class B individual tournament. Nelson, seeded seventh, posted a 5-4 decision over Lane Oversen in the quarterfinals.

His match with Ketterling was close, but it was Nelson’s near fall in the second period that proved to be key after Ketterling charged late with a two-point near fall of his own.

“I needed that. Otherwise, it’s me who is down in the third period instead,” Nelson said of the near fall. “If I don’t get that I’m the one going for desperation moves.”

Nelson advances to wrestle No. 1-seeded Dalton Reinfeld of New Salem-Almont.

“Everybody dreams about being in the finals,” Nelson said. “It’s what I’ve dreamed about since Kindergarten.”

Schroeder stamps a ticket to 220 finals

Carrington’s Cordell Schroeder earned a 15-0 technical fall over Velva’s Taylor Barstad at 220 pounds.

“I stuffed his advances with my front head locks,” Schroeder said.

Schroeder advances to wrestle No. 1 seed Andrew Beine of Napoleon.

Beine defeated Schroeder in a 3-2 overtime decision at the East-West tournament in New Salem earlier this season.

“He’s good on his feet, so my front head locks will be key,” Schroeder said. “I just have to get in good position to score points and just be more aggressive.”


Bill Kelly, who is credited with helping to start wrestling programs at Wyndmere and LaMoure, is a 2012 inductee for the North Dakota Wrestling Hall of Fame. Kelly coached at Central Cass from 1968-1976 and had a 76-40-2 dual record with the Squirrels … Ellendale native Rich Voegeli also received induction into the hall of fame. Voegeli was a two-time finalist in the 132-pound weight class for Ellendale and went on to be an All-American wrestler at Northern State … Jace Berg of Lisbon advanced to the 120-pound finals … Austin Schuldheisz of Carrington advanced to the 195-pound finals … Carrington leads the individual team standings with 125.5 points followed by Lisbon (113 points) and defending individual team champions Oakes (111).

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