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Eric Peterson, Published February 15 2013

South Border earns third consecutive Class B state dual championship

FARGO – Everything started and ended with three for South Border on Friday night at the Fargodome.

The Mustangs scored three consecutive wins, including two pins and a forfeit, to start their Class B state dual championship against Linton-Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock. That strong start fueled South Border to a 50-15 victory to earn its third consecutive state dual crown at the North Dakota state wrestling tournament.

“It’s awesome,” South Border senior Blake Bosch said of the three consecutive titles. “It means a lot to the communities.”

South Border, a co-op from the towns of Wishek and Ashley, finished with four pins, a forfeit and an injury default against Linton-HMB. The Mustangs had seven pins in their 46-28 semifinal victory against Central Cass earlier in the day.

“It just gets so much momentum going for the next kid standing here,” South Border co-head coach Dwight Schilling said of the pins. “He goes out there and he’s ready to roll. It’s awesome.”

Bosch echoed Schilling’s sentiments.

“We go off each other,” Bosch said. “The energy between each other just builds and builds and builds. It’s just the team camaraderie. It’s just amazing how we come together as a team.”

South Border kept the Class B state dual crown in Region 1 for the 12th consecutive season. Linton-HMB is also from that region.

“We are proud of them,” Linton-HMB head coach Dan Imdieke said of South Border. “They are right in our backyard. They do things the right way. It’s a program they can be proud of.”

The Mustangs won eight of the first nine matches against the Lions to build a 38-6 lead after sophomore Nash Bettenhausen earned an 11-9 decision against Linton-HMB’s Jared Schumacher at 145 pounds.

South Border got pins from Dillon Braaten (285), Tyler Toepke-Floyd (106), Bosch (126) and Brayden Kuntz (138) during that strong start.

“That’s very hard to come back from,” Imdieke said. “If you can’t get those bonus points, you are in trouble when you are wrestling an outfit like that.”

The Mustangs each held up three fingers when they posed for pictures after the championship dual was completed.

“We just brought intensity,” said Bosch, who set the state career wins record on Thursday and now has 239 wins. “That’s how we wanted to wrestle all year. We focused on that. We stressed that at practice.”

The Mustangs are in prime position to also earn the team individual championship, which will be decided today. South Border has 141 points and three wrestlers in the finals, including Bosch. The Mustangs are 35.5 points ahead of second-place Lisbon.

“It’s amazing, you couldn’t ask for a better state tournament,” Bosch said with one day remaining in the three-day event. “One more step tomorrow.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.

Peterson’s blog can be found at peterson.areavoices.com