Eric Peterson, Published February 15 2013
Lisbon cousins aim for individual wrestling titles todayFARGO – Jace Berg and Dylan Urbach are hoping to keep two of the Class B individual state titles in the family today.
The Lisbon wrestlers, who are cousins, both won their semifinal matches Friday at the North Dakota state wrestling tournament at the Fargodome.
Berg, a senior, earned a 12-4 major decision against Linton-HMB’s Kyle Moch at 120 pounds.
“It means everything,” Berg said. “I have been thinking about getting back to reclaim my title since last year got over.”
Berg is looking to become a two-time state champion. Urbach, a junior, scored a 3-2 decision in the 145-pound semifinals. Urbach is now a three-time state finalist, searching for his first state crown.
“It’s pretty cool,” Urbach said of Berg. “He’s my big cousin. We have been working together since we were little. … We pushed each other since we were little. We wanted to be the best.”
The Broncos pushed three wrestlers into the finals, including senior Wyatt Aberle. Aberle earned a 12-7 victory against Central Cass junior Kyle Schultz, who was the top seed at 152 pounds. Aberle hadn’t wrestled Schultz this season.
“I really don’t pay attention to the seeds,” said Aberle, who is a two-time state placer. “It doesn’t matter. You have to win them all anyways.”
Lisbon head coach Joe Kern was pleased he was able to get three wrestlers into the state finals. The Broncos had five wrestlers in the semifinals.
“Three out of five is great,” Kern said. “We really thought we had a shot at five out of five. It was tough on those other two. That last one by Aberle was big. He deserves a chance to win state title for himself.”
Lisbon is second place in individual tournament team race with 105.5 points heading into the final day. South Border leads the pack with 141 points. The Mustangs also have three finalists.
E-E-K’s Schnabel makes history
No wrestler from Kulm had made the state finals. That is until Friday.
Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm senior Dylan Schnabel earned an 8-7 decision in the semifinals to edge Carrington senior Austin Schuldheisz, who was the top seed at 195 pounds.
Schnabel, who was a state placer last season, will get a chance to wrestler for a state crown today.
“It means everything to me,” Schnabel said. “I poured nine years into this sport, blood, sweat and tears.”
Schnabel has a chance to become the second consecutive
E-E-K wrestler to win a state crown at 195. Jamison Jangula was the state champion in that weight class last year. Schnabel said Jangula was in the crowd watching Friday.
“That meant a lot to me that he came back to cheer me on,” Jangula said.
Linton-HMB freshman earns unlikely win
Linton-HMB freshman Brandon Oien had wrestled South Border junior Tyler Toepke-Floyd six times this season prior to their meeting in the 106-pound semifinals. Oien lost all six times.
The seventh meeting was different with the sixth-seeded Oien earning a 15-12 victory against the second-seeded Toepke-Floyd.
“I just had the drive,” said an emotional Oien, who is in his first season as a varsity wrestler. “I couldn’t believe it actually happened. It means I really improved this, especially this tournament.”
Oien nearly pinned Toepke-Floyd on a few occasions en route to the decision.
“I couldn’t believe it happened,” Oien said. “I was jacked.”
Toepke-Floyd and Oien met again later in the day Friday in the dual finals. Toepke-Floyd won that match by fall.
Central Cass pushed two wrestlers into the finals. Junior Austin Rust, the top seed, earned a 7-2 decision in the 106 semifinals. Senior Sawyer Blumhardt, a second seed, scored an 8-0 major decision in the 113 semifinals. … Oakes sophomore Erik Loepp has a chance to become the school’s first three-time state champion, making the finals at 113 pounds. Oakes junior Cole Ehrlin also made the finals with a 3-0 decision in the 170 semifinals, upsetting top seed Abraham Roehrich of Stanley-Powers Lake-Tioga-Ray.
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