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Royal McGregor / Forum News Service, Published February 15 2014

Lisbon's Urbach makes ND Class B wrestling history

BISMARCK – All Lisbon’s Dylan Urbach wanted to accomplish this season was winning another state championship.

However, entering the 160-pound state championship match, Urbach was tied with former South Border standout Blake Bosch with 240 all-time wins.

When the 160-pound final was over, Urbach defeated Brayden Kuntz of South Border in a 6-1 decision and stood alone as the Class B all-time wins leader with 241.

“It was in the back of my mind,” said Urbach, who finished his senior season with a 48-1 record and was named Class B senior athlete of the year. “I just wanted to win another state championship. It feels pretty good getting that.

“Blake is one of my best friends. We’ve wrestled against each other since the seventh grade. I really never thought about this tournament.”

Urbach said it was emotional winning his second state championship, but the tears didn’t start flowing until his wrestling partner and cousin Joe Nelson won his first state title for Lisbon at 170 pounds.

Nelson, who beat Oakes senior Cole Ehrlin in a 15-4 major decision, said he wouldn’t have stood at the top of the podium without the help from Urbach.

“I’m told that champions come in pairs, and I have one of the best practice partners ever,” Nelson said with a smile. “I worked him every day and got better.

“It was something special. I’ve worked with Dylan for 12 years now. To be seniors and win championships together is great.”

As a whole, Lisbon got the ball rolling with a state championship win at 106, when No. 6 seed Ethan Elijah upset top-seeded Tyler Toepke-Floyd of South Border.

The Broncos closed out the finals as 220-pounder Wyatt Smith topped South Border’s James Thielges in a 3-1 sudden victory.

“Ethan was definitely an underdog coming in,” Nelson said. “He got us going. To see him go out there, be able to get a pin and be a state champion, set the tone for the rest of the team. Everyone was pumped up and ready to go.”

Lisbon ended the state tournament with 160.5 points, which put the team in third. The Broncos won all of their finals matches. Lisbon ended with a total of eight state placers.

South Border hangs on to top Carrington

Once Toepke-Floyd went down in the 106 match of the finals, South Border co-head coach Dwight Schilling was a little worried.

And it was for a good reason.

“I don’t know what happened to our other kids,” he said. “I don’t know if they were nervous. We weren’t moving. They just weren’t there.

“It just didn’t start out right in the beginning and it just never quit.”

The Mustangs proceeded to drop all six of their finals matches. However, South Border scored 182 points and managed to hold off Carrington to win its second straight Class B title. The Cardinals ended with 172.5 points.

“The team championship is awesome,” said Schilling, who also was named along with other South Border co-head coach Josh Hoffman as Class B coaches of the year. “We kind of had Carrington picked to win this and the dual championship. These kids wrestled their hearts out. If they wouldn’t have, we wouldn’t have won.”

Andy Nolz (126), Kuntz (160), Trevor Meidinger (182), Tucker Meidinger (195) and Thielges (220) all came in runner-up for the Mustangs. Hillsboro-Central Valley freshman Luke Hastings pinned Nolz in 2:40.

South Border ended with nine state placers and none finished lower than sixth. The Mustangs’ placers were six runner-ups, one third, one fourth and one fifth.

Oakes’ Loepp wins fourth straight title

Oakes junior Erik Loepp was the school’s first three-time state champion.

Add one more to the list. Loepp defeated Carson Koble of Harvey-Wells County in a 9-6 decision at 132 pounds.

“It means everything to me” Loepp said about winning his fourth state championship. “My family is all about wrestling, so to get out there and get it done feels great. Being the most from Oakes, feels even better.”

The Tornadoes also had a state title win from Michael Kelly at 285 pounds. As a team, Oakes placed fifth with 144.5 points.

As for returning next year, Loepp knows there will be a target on his back. He’s going to train harder than ever this offseason.

“I know everyone is going to be working hard to beat me, so I have to work that much harder every day,” he said. “I have to lift and wrestle all summer, so I can hopefully get back up there next year.”

Takedowns

At the end of the 2013 season, Central Cass’ Austin Rust finished with a state title at 106 pounds. One year later, Rust stood atop of the podium once again – this time at 113 pounds. “It feels great,” said Rust, the senior from Central Cass. “It’s been a goal all year. All the hard work just finally paid off.” … Rust’s teammate senior Kyle Schultz won a state title at 152 pounds. He defeated Napoleon’s Trenten Jangula in a 4-0 decision.


McGregor writes for The Dickinson Press