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Eric Peterson, Published February 16 2013

Bosch, South Border power to Class B state individual team championship

FARGO – Blake Bosch completed the final chapter in what he called a “fairy tale” weekend Saturday afternoon at the Fargodome with style.

One of the most decorated wrestlers in Class B history, the South Border senior capped his career with a first-period pin to win the 126-pound championship at the North Dakota state tournament before an estimated 3,900 fans.

“It’s been a dream weekend,” said Bosch, who was named Class B senior athlete of the year.

Bosch set the state career wins record on Thursday, helped his team to a third consecutive state dual title on Friday and won his third individual state championship on Saturday. Bosch was the lone individual champion for the Mustangs as they cruised to the individual team championship. South Border (a co-op that includes Ashley, Wishek and Zeeland) finished with 195 points, which was 46.5 more than second-place Lisbon.

Bosch pinned Hettinger’s Codi Tomac at 37 seconds of the 126-pound championship match to earn his third state crown. Bosch lost only one match in his final three seasons.

“You just kind of flash back all those years,” South Border co-head coach Dwight Schilling said of Bosch. “He’s actually become a really close friend to me more than anything. So it’s really hard.”

Bosch finished his career with a 240-26 record, including 149 pins. Bosch suffered 16 of his losses during his seventh-grade season. The state record for wins coming into this tournament was 234 before Bosch eclipsed that standard on Thursday during the dual tournament quarterfinals.

“All the extra accolades, the wins record and stuff, it’s all just gravy,” said Bosch, who is undecided on where he wants to wrestle in college. “I couldn’t have asked for a better finish.”

South Border had 13 wrestlers qualify for the individual tournament and 12 placed. Mustangs sophomore Andy Nolz was runner-up at 120 pounds and junior James Thielges was runner-up at 182 pounds.

“We’ve been trying to get this individual for a while,” Schilling said. “Our kids tonight are really worn out. To win it finally is just a great accomplishment.”

Lisbon scores title hat trick

While Lisbon wasn’t able to keep pace with South Border in team points, but the Broncos finished with three individual champions. That was the most of any team in the Class B tournament.

Three individual champions are also the most the Broncos have had a state tournament since head coach Joe Kern has been in charge of the program. Kern is in his 10th season.

“I’m so happy for those three,” Kern said. “They wrestled with passion, heart and desire. They really wanted it.”

Jace Berg, a senior, started the championship run for the Broncos, scoring a 4-0 decision against South Border’s Andy Nolz at 120. That made Berg a repeat champion in that weight class.

“Everyone knew who won it last year,” Berg said. “I felt like there was a lot more pressure.”

Berg’s first cousin, Dylan Urbach, kept the roll going at 145. Urbach earned a 6-3 decision against Linton-HMB’s Brock Nagel. Urbach, a junior, was a two-time state runner-up.

“I can’t even explain it right now. Overwhelming,” Urbach said. “It’s still sinking in.”

Broncos senior Wyatt Aberle completed the hat trick. Aberle earned a 2-1 decision against Napoleon’s Trenten Jangula for the state championship at 152. While Berg and Urbach were both top seeds, Aberle was a No. 4 seed. Aberle beat the No. 5, No. 1 and No. 2 seeds en route to the title.

“There was a lot of pressure knowing the other two had won,” Aberle said with a smile. “I didn’t want to be the only one to lose in the finals.”

Loepp becomes Oakes’ first three-time champion

A perennial Class B power, Oakes had never had a three-time champion until Saturday. Tornadoes sophomore Erik Loepp earned a 9-1 major decision against Central Cass senior Sawyer Blumhardt at 113 for a third consecutive state championship.

“It’s really hard to believe when I look back and see who wrestled there before me,” Loepp said of becoming Oakes’ first three-time champion. “It’s unbelievable. You feel on top of the world.”

After Loepp earned the victory, he held up the three fingers on both hands to signify three state titles as he saluted the Oakes’ cheering section.

“We’ve had a lot of two-time champions, but he broke the mold this year,” Oakes head coach Cory Schall said. “I’m just proud of Erik.”

Oakes junior Cole Erhlin also earned a title at 170 pounds. A No. 4 seed, Erhlin picked up a 7-0 decision against Hillsboro-Central Valley’s Dylan Bowen in the title match. Oakes, which had won the previous four individual team state championships, finished fourth in this tournament with 125.5 points.

Takedowns

Carrington also earned multiple individual championships. Cardinals freshman Walker Carr won a title at 132 pounds to become the program’s first freshman to win a state crown. “I wasn’t really expecting it to be this soon,” Carr said. Carrington senior Cordell Schroeder won the title at 285 pounds, pinning Minot Ryan’s Mason Kramer at 5 minutes, 50 seconds. Schroeder also won a state title at 220 last season. … Central Cass junior Austin Rust won the lone individual crown for the Squirrels. Rust earned a third-period technical fall against Linton-HMB’s Brandon Oien after building an 18-3 lead. … Linton-HMB co-coaches Dan Imdiek and Bruce Hase were named Class B coach of the year.


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