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Tom Mix, Published May 06 2014

Lisbon's Urbach to wrestle at University of Minnesota

FARGO – Lisbon senior standout Dylan Urbach has always appreciated the tradition associated with the University of Minnesota wrestling program.

So when it came time to decide where he would wrestle in college, Urbach’s choice was to go with the Gophers.

Urbach accepted a scholarship offer last week to wrestle for J Robinson at Minnesota.

“I have always wanted to wrestle Division I,” Urbach said. “I have always been a big fan of the Gophers and have always dreamt about it.”

Urbach wrapped up his prep career by going 48-1 and winning the Class B 160-pound individual state championship – the second state title wrestling for the Broncos. His 6-1 decision over South Border’s Brayden Kuntz in the title match also gave Urbach 241 career victories breaking the Class B all-time record.

“I’m expecting a whole different level of competition, but I have never shied away from it,” Urbach said of wrestling with the Gophers. “I believe I have the talent to be a Division I wrestler.”

Last month, Urbach placed fourth in the 152-pound weight class at the USAW Folkstyle National tournament in Cedar Falls, Iowa. At the tournament, Urbach defeated Logan Peterson of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (Minn.). Peterson was ranked No. 16 in the national Intermat Wrestling poll and is committed to wrestle at South Dakota State.

The performance caught the attention of several wrestling programs and later that month brought about a visit to Minnesota.

“The visit was great,” Urbach said. “They have a great wrestling room, their program is successful and I’m looking forward to all the practice partners I’ll have there.”

Urbach, who also considered Nebraska and Oregon State, joins Scott Schiller of West Fargo as recent North Dakota grapplers to commit to Minnesota.

“I’m excited for him,” Lisbon head coach Joe Kern said. “It will be a challenge for him and I think he knows that, but if there is anyone who can put in the work it is Dylan.”

Central Cass’ Goettle to play volleyball at NDSU

North Dakota State announced Tuesday that Central Cass senior Dallas Goettle and McKenzie Burke of Osceola, Wis., will join the Bison volleyball team this fall.

Goettle, a 5-6 libero, ranked second on the Squirrels’ leaderboard for career digs. She was an all-conference and all-district selection as a senior in 2013, and a member of the Class B state championship team in 2011.

Goettle was named the top defensive player on her club team in 2013. She also played basketball and softball for Central Cass.

Burke and Goettle join Jessica Jorgensen, Brianna Rasmusson and Mikaela Purnell in the five-woman 2014 recruiting class for NDSU.

Burke, a 6-foot outside hitter, was a first-team all-conference performer in her junior and senior seasons as Osceola won conference titles both years. A three-year starter and two-year captain, Burke led Osceola to a regional championship and a runner-up finish at sectionals in 2013.

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