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Tom Mix, Published February 17 2012

South Border tops Lisbon in Class B team dual wrestling championship

BISMARCK – South Border had to work for it, but for the second year in a row the Mustangs are Class B team dual champions.

Senior Drew Dockter scored a pin over Lisbon’s Hunter Mairs at 152 pounds to seal South Border’s 40-22 win at the North Dakota state wrestling tournament on Friday at the Bismarck Civic Center.

“Knowing that we’ve won two (championships) is great,” Dockter said. “Most teams never get to feel this, and to win twice in unexplainable.”

Dockter played the hero for the Mustangs for the second day in a row.

He posted the deciding win in South Border’s victory against Carrington in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

South Border survived a tight semifinals dual with Velva earlier Friday, winning 36-34.

“We wrestled pretty poorly against Velva and we were lucky to come away with the win,” South Border coach Dwight Schilling said. “We told everyone before the finals that everybody had to go out and do their job, and I tell you everyone did.”

South Border jumped to a 16-0 lead after the first three matches of the dual. The Mustangs’ Andrew Jochim pinned Lisbon’s Garrett Johnson in 1 minute, 58 seconds at 170 pounds. James Thielges followed with an 8-0 major decision at 182 over Joe Nelson, and Tanner Meidinger pinned Broncos Trevor Zins in 3:13 at 195.

Lisbon’s first points of the dual came from 220-pounder Tyler Doll, who scored a 4-0 overtime decision over South Border’s Dillon Braaten. Doll netted a two-point takedown and near fall for the victory.

Both the Broncos and the Mustangs compete in Region 1, and the championship was a rematch of the rival schools. Lisbon edged South Border at the region dual, giving the Mustangs something to prove.

“I think it’s better to be the underdog in duals, because then the coaches have something to motivate you with,” said South Border junior Blake Bosch who pinned Grant Johnson at 126 pounds. “We yell Lisbon when we do push-ups to motivate us, and we knew that’s who it would come down to.”

The championship run was anything but easy for the Mustangs.

“They’re both sweet, but we had to work harder for this one,” Schilling said. “Last year we had some horses at the top that graduated. All the kids had to step up this year.”

After falling behind early, the Broncos tried to play catch up. Wyatt Smith (285), Jacob Eberle (113), Jace Berg (120), Dylan Urbach (132) and Wyatt Eberle (145) all earned wins for the Broncos.

“That’s a tough team,” Lisbon coach Joe Kern said of South Border. “Our kids gave it all they had. We had our chances to come back, but (South Border) just seemed to find a way to answer.”

Dockter’s pin answered a Lisbon victory and made sure the Mustangs would repeat.

“I was just looking to win, but the pin was just a bonus,” Dockter said. “It made the stress go away sooner.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Tom Mix at (701) 451-5651