2013-02-14 / Sports

2013 State Wrestling Tournament begins Thursday, in Fargo

The 2013 State Class A and B Wrestling Tournament begins on Thursday (Feb. 14) and runs through Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Fargodome.

Action begins on Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. with the Class B individual opening round and the Class A Dual quarterfinals. The opening session will also include the Class B Team Dual quarterfinals and the opening round of the Class A individual competition. The annual Parade of Athletes will be held at 6:30 p.m., and wrestling action continues with the Class A and B individual quarterfinals at 7 p.m.

On Friday (Feb. 15), wrestling action begins with the first round of the Class A and B consolation bracket at 10 a.m. The Class B and A Dual semi-finals are slated to begin at 11 a.m., followed by the second consolation round for both Class A and B at 1 p.m. The Class A and B individual semi-finals will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the State Class A and B Dual Championships, Third Place and Class B Fifth Place Duals. Awards for the top four places (top five in Class B) in the dual tournament will be presented following the final dual of the evening.

On Saturday (Feb. 16), action begins with the 3rd and 4th rounds of the Class A and B consolation bracket at 10 a.m. At 1 p.m., the seventh, fifth and third place individual matches will be held for both Class A and B.

A Wrestling Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m., and the Class A and B individual championship matches will begin at 3 p.m. Individual awards will be given out throughout the final round, and following the event, Awards for Class A and Class B Senior Athletes of the Year, and Coach of the Year will be presented.

Individual Tournament

Linton-HMB has 10 wrestlers competing in the State Individual Tournament, of which seven are seeded in the tournament, and six are making a return trip to state.

Senior Brock Nagel (36-2) is seeded 3rd at 145. Nagel is making his fifth straight appearance at state, where he placed 6th at 125 in 2010, 3rd at 135 in 2011, and 4th at 145 last season. Nagel won championships in 3 (Napoleon Early Bird, Linton Holiday and Night Hawk Classic) of the 5 tournaments he took part in this season, and he was the Region I runner-up. Nagel will open the tournament against Christian Hughes (19-5) of Hettinger-Scranton.

Clay Jacob (26-13), a senior, is making his fourth straight trip to state, where he placed 5th at 145 in 2011, and 6th at 152 last year. Jacob placed in the top five in each of the six tournaments he took part in this season, including the championship of the Linton Holiday Tournament, and a runner-up finish in the LaMoure Invitational. Jacob placed 3rd in the Region I Tournament, and he is seeded 4th at 160. He will open this year’s tournament against Jordan Will (14-9) of Minot Bishop Ryan.

Junior Andrew Leier (21- 22) is also making his fourth straight trip to state, where he placed 7th at 103 in 2010, 6th at 119 in 2011, and 6th at 126 last year. Leier placed in five of six tournaments this season, including a 4th place finish in the Region I Tournament. Leier is unseeded at 132, and he will open the tournament against 7thseeded Matt Newman (25-13) of New Salem-Almont.

Junior Chase Jacob (20-13) is making his second appearance at state, and he is seeded 6th at 126. Jacob placed 7th in the 113-pound division in last year’s state tourney, and he placed in the top five in each of the five tournaments he took part in this season, including runner-up finishes in the Napoleon Early Bird and LaMoure Invitational, and 4th place in the Region I Tournament. Jacob will open the state tournament against Derek Tabor (16-10) of Killdeer.

Kyle Moch (30-8), a freshman, is making his second appearance at state, and he is seeded 5th at 120. Moch placed 4th at 106 in last year’s state tournament, and he was a finalist in 4 tournaments this season, winning titles in the LaMoure Invitational and Night Hawk Classic. Moch also placed second in Napolen Early Bird and Linton Holiday Tournament, and placed 4th in the Region I Tournament. Moch will open the state tournament against Brandon Henn (19-22) of Hillsboro-Central Valley.

Junior Michael Oien (19- 18)is seeded 6th at 170, while making his second trip to state. Oien did not place in last year’s tournament, but he placed fourth or higher in four tournaments this season, including a runner-up finish in the Night Hawk Classic, and 4th place in the Region I Tournament. Oien will open the state tournament against Alex Giese (17-10) of Kenmare-Bowbells.

Sophomore Josh Schlosser (35-6) is seeded 3rd in the 113-pound division, and he is making his first trip to the state tournament. Schlosser placed in all six of the tournaments he took part in this year, including championships in the Napoleon Early Bird, LaMoure Invitational and Night Hawk Classic, and runner-up finishes in the Linton Holiday and Region I Tournaments. Schlosser will open the state tournament against David Ruby (15-14) of Des Lacs-Burlington.

Freshman Brandon Oien (29-4) is the 6th seed at 106, and he is making his first appearance at state. Oien placed in the top four of all six tournaments he participated in this season, including second place finishes in the Night Hawk Classic and Region I Tournament. Oien will open the state tournament against Colton Bartuska (21-15) of Des Lacs-Burlington.

Senior Ethen Roemmich (24-20) is unseeded in the 182-pound division, and he is making his first-ever trip to the state tournament. Roemmich placed in five of six tournaments this season and he was a finalist in the LaMoure Invitational. He will open the tournament against 5th-seeded Mathew Totay (31-5) of Central Cass.

Junior Cody Schlosser (6-14) is unseeded in the 285-pound division, and he is making his first trip to state. Schlosser only participated in two tournaments this season, and he placed 4th in both the Night Hawk Classic and Region I Tournament. Schlosser will open the state tournament against top-seeded Cordell Schroeder (35-1) of Carrington.

Dual Tournament

Linton-HMB will participate in the State Class B Dual Tournament, which will be held Feb. 14 and 15, at the Fargodome. The quarterfi- nals will take place following the Class B opening round, which will begin at 10 a.m., on Feb. 14.

In quarterfinal match-ups, Region I Champion South Border will take on Region IV runner-up Beulah-Hazen, and Region III Champion Minot Bishop Ryan will take on Region II runner-up Central Cass. In the other half of the bracket, Region II Champion Carrington will take on Region III runner-up Stanley-Powers Lake-Tioga- Ray, and Region IV Champion Hettinger-Scranton will match up against Region I runner-up Linton-HMB.

South Border is the twotime defending State Class B Dual Champion, and the Mustangs are heavily favored in both the Dual and Individual competitions of this year’s State Class B Tournament.

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