PREP WRESTLING: Carrington wrestlers win second straight dual championship

FARGO--It was just two months ago when the Carrington wrestling team lost a dual 71-0. Hard to imagine considering what the Cardinals did in the Fargodome on Friday night. Carrington left little doubt who the best Class B wrestling team is this y...

Zach Broadwell, left, of Carrington wrestles Brock Aberle of Lisbon during their 132-pound bout in the championship round of the North Dakota Duals Tournament on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in the Fargodome.Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
Zach Broadwell, left, of Carrington wrestles Brock Aberle of Lisbon during their 132-pound bout in the championship round of the North Dakota Duals Tournament on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in the Fargodome.Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service


FARGO--It was just two months ago when the Carrington wrestling team lost a dual 71-0. Hard to imagine considering what the Cardinals did in the Fargodome on Friday night.

Carrington left little doubt who the best Class B wrestling team is this year, rolling to a 57-12 dual team championship win over Lisbon at the North Dakota state tournament.

"We wanted to make it seem like there has never been a team like us," said Walker Carr, one of six seniors on the Carrington team that won its second straight dual team championship and is on the verge of winning its second straight individual team championship today.


The back-to-back wins renew a wrestling tradition that Carrington displayed when it won six individual team championships in the late 1980s and early 1990s. And the Cardinals' dominance was a result of what Walker said was perhaps one of the toughest schedules a Carrington wrestling team ever had to go through.

The Cardinals lost a dual this season to Bismarck, which won its second straight Class A dual team title Friday night. They split with Class A Minot, which placed third Friday night.

Then there was the trip to "The Clash" in Rochester, Minn., where Carrington lost 71-0 to a team from California that was ranked No. 3 in the nation.

"It was a great experience," said Carrington head coach Josh Kerbaugh, whose team bounced back to post a 3-3 record at The Clash. "It just showed us if we want to wrestle the best, we better step it up a level."

And no one has been at Carrington's level at this week's state tournament. After rolling past Minot Ryan 62-12 in the opening round Thursday, Carrington posted a 68-3 win over Central Cass in Friday's semifinals. In the championship match against Lisbon, Carrington won its first eight matches.

"We didn't want to give them any breathing room," said Kerbaugh, who was two-time runner-up wrestler at Fargo South in the early 1990s. "We just wanted to slam the door and take the wind out of their sails as much as we could."

After wrestling at North Dakota State, Kerbaugh eventually was the head coach at the University of Mary in Bismarck for five years before becoming an assistant coach at Minnesota State Moorhead. When he saw a teaching opening at Carrington five years, he jumped at the chance to coach wrestling at a school where "The Pit Crew" youth program was already in place.

"That is the backbone of our program," Kerbaugh said.


"If you're not in wrestling, what else do you do?" said Carr. "All these little kids always look up to the varsity wrestlers."

And a lot of Class B opponents are looking up to Carrington this year.


Riley Zachmeier of Rugby knocked off top-seeded Coy Awender of Oakes in the 106-pound semifinals with a convincing 14-4 win. Zachmeier, a freshman, came into the tournament as the No. 4 seed and will go into today's championship match with a 44-5 record. Awender, also a freshman, saw his record fall to 40-7. ... Wyatt Nagel of Linton-HMB knocked off top-seeded Andrew Jahnke of Central Cass with a 6-5 win in the 132-pound semifinals. Nagel, a senior, will take a 39-10 record into the championship match. Jahnke, a junior, saw his record fall to 32-8. ... Carrington's Billy Holtan, the defending 152-pound champion, had a close call in his semifinal match pulling off a 3-2 win over Minot Ryan's Konner Beeter. Holtan, a senior, will head in the championship match with a 43-3 record. Beeter, a junior with the No. 2 seed, saw his record fall to 49-7.

Dual results



Carrington 57, Lisbon 12

106: Schwab, L, dec. Hoggarth, 10-4. 113: Hendrickson, C, pinned Dick, 3:01. 120: Geiszler, C, pinned Walliser, 1:15. 126: Hoggarth, C, pinned Howard, 1:12. 126: Hoggarth, pinned Howard, 1:12. 132: Aberle, L, dec. Broadwell, 6-4. 138: Elijah, L, pinned Davis, 1:39. 145: Carr, C, pinned Smith, 3:47. 152: Carr, dec. Reinke, 6-0. 160: Holtan, C, dec. Urbach, 7-2. 170: Wolsky, C, pinned Johnson, 2:51. 182:  Anderson, C, pinned Kelly, 1:12. 195: Lura, C, dec. McDaniel, 3-1. 220: Larson, C, pinned Schwab, :30. 285: Schroeder, C, pinned Sad, 3:32.

Third place

Hettinger-Scranton 34, Central Cass 25

106: Defoe, HS, dec. Volk, 3-0. 113: Burwick, HS, pinned Wheeler, :54. 120: Martinez, HS, dec. Sullivan, 4-0. 126: Gross, CC, dec. Kline, 7-1. 132: Jahnke, CC, pinned Fisher, 1:00. 138: Dalley, HS, dec. Zuther, 4-2. 145: Volk, CC, dec. Andress, 10-8. 152: Lachowitzer, HS, dec. Ellison, 9-7.  160: Anderson, HS, dec. Berg, 14-6. 170: Anderson, HS, pinned Hersch, 4:47. 182: Steffes, CC, dec. Sulzman, 7-6. 195: Merrigan, CC, dec. Schalesky, 9-0. 220: Steeke, HS, pinned Knudson, 3:20. 285: Roesler, CC, pinned Urwiller, :26.


Fifth place

Minot Ryan 48, Velva 20

106: Burke, MR, pinned Krueger, 1:14. 113: Ledoux, MR, tech. fall Irmen, 15-0. 120: Beeter, MR, won by injury default over Thomas. 126: Winick, MR, pinned Yanish, 1:17. 132: Dean, V, pinned Lipp, 3:20. 138: Mogen, V, tech. fall, Merck, 16-0. 145: Sandy, MR, dec. Hackman, 7-1. 152: Beeter, dec. Irmen, 6-5. 160: Dauphinais, MR, dec. Thomas, 3-1. 170: Selzler, V, dec. Snyder, 9-7. 182: Johnannson, MR, dec. Olson, 10-0. 195: Helseth, V, pinned Lundeen, :36. 220: Will, MR, pinned Blumhagen, :57. 285: Lee, MR, pinned Hodges, 4:29.

Championship semifinals

Carrington 68, Casselton 3

106: Volk,CC, dec. Hoggarth, 6-0. 113: Hendrickson, C, pinned Wheeler, 4:53. 120: Geiszler, C, pinned Sullivan, 1:17. 126: Hoggarth, C, dec. Gross, 10-1. 132: Broadwell, C, tech. fall Jacobson, 19-3. 138: Davis, C, dec. Zuther, 9-0. 145: Carr, C, pinned Gilley, :37. 152: Holtan, C, pinned Farquhar, 2:33. 160: Wolsky, C, dec. Berg, 8-2. 170: Anderson, C, pinned Hersch, :52. 182: Lura, C, pinned Steffes, 1f:50. 195: Larson, C, pinned Merrigan, 3:07. 220: Copenhaver, C, pinned Knudson, 5:37. 285: Schroeder, C, dec. Roesler, 10-0.


Lisbon 37, Hettinger-Scranton 34

106: Defoe, HS, dec. Schwab, 6-3. 113: Burwick, HS, pinned Dick, 1:34. 120: Martinez, HS, dec. Waliser, 11-6. 126: Howard, L, dec. Kline, 7-0. 132: Aberle, L, pinned Schalesky, 5:17. 138: Elijah, L, pinned Dalley, 1:22. 145: Andress, HS, dec. Smith, 18-7. 152: Reinke, L, pinned Lachowitzer, 2:29. 160: Urbach, L, dec. Anderson, 14-6. 170: Anderson, HS, pinned Johnson, 3:13. 182: Kelly, L, pinned Sulzman, 1:26. 195: McDaniel, L, pinned Abrahamson, 1:12. 220: Schalesky, HS, pinned Schwab, 5:43. 285: Steeke, HS, pinned Sad, 2:54.

Consolation semifinals

Minot Ryan 41, Beulah-Hazen 20

106: Ledoux, MR, pinned Scheer, 1:06. 113: Burke, MR, won by forfeit. 120: Leintz, BH, pinned Lipp, 1:52. 126: Beeter, MR, dec. Lagge, 7-5. 132: Fritz, BH, dec. Lipp, 13-3. 138: Merck, MR, pinned Scheer, 4:36. 145: Sandy, MR, dec. Snyder, 1-0. 152: Beeter, MR, dec. Erickson, 4-0. 160: Dauphinais, MR, dec. Mellmer, 5-4. 170: Johnannson, MR, pinned Stevenson, 3:25. 182: Esling, BH, dec. Snyder, 4-3. 195: Lundeen, MR, pinned Sago, 1:33. 220: Barbion, BH, dec. Will, 5-4. 285: Sanders, BH, dec. Lee, 9-1.

Velva 43, Linton-HMB 30


106: Jacob, L-HMB, dec. Krueger, 13-9. 113: Nagel, L-HMB, pinned Irmen, 3:11. 120: Thompson, L-HMB, dec. Thomas, 7-0. 126: Oien, L-HMB, pinned Dean, 5:52. 132: Mogen, V, dec. Nagel, 12-2. 138: Hackman, V, pinned Bosch, 1:08. 145: Moch, L-HMB, pinned Selzler, 1:04. 152: Irmen, V, pinned Roemmich, 1:32. 160: Thomas, V, pinned Masset, 1:41. 170: Selzler, V, pinned Schmidt, 3:36. 182: Olson, V, dec. Roemmich, 6-4. 195: Roemmich, L-HMB, pinned Blumhagen, 5:37. 220: Helseth, V, pinned Vetter, :36. 285: Hodges, V, pinned Mattheis, 1:43.

Individual results

Team totals

Carrington 184, Lisbon 107.5, Pembina County North 97, Hettinger-Scranton 96, Minot Ryan 86, Napoleon-GS 75, Oakes 67.5, New Salem-Almont 62, Beulah-Hazen 57, Linton-HMB 54.5, Hillsboro-Central Valley 47, Velva 47, Central Cass 45, Watford City 34, Bowman County-Beach 30, Rugby 29, Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm 27.5, Des Lacs-Burlington 26.5, Stanley-Powers Lake 26, South Border 25, Larimore 20, Killdeer 19.5, Kindred 14, Standing Rock 13.5, Williams County 13, Kenmare-Bowbells 11, May-Port-CG 9, New Town-Parshall 8, Grafton 7, Lamoure-Litchville-Marion 4, Northern Lights 4, Harvey-Wells County 1, MonDak 0.

106 pounds


Zachmeier, Rugby, dec. Awender, Oakes, 14-4. Wolding, New Salem-Almont dec. Nagel, Linton, 5-1.


Shannon, Watford City, dec. Calvillo, Pembian County North, 8-4. Hoggarth, Carrington, dec. Volk, Central Cass, 1-0. Wendel, LLM, dec. Wonser, Williams County, 9-6. Alfson, Hillsboro-CV, pinned Rudolph, Stanley-PL, 2:40.

Shannon, Watford City, dec. Schwab, Lisbon, 8-6. Ledoux, Ryan, pinned Hoggarth, Carrington, 4:07. Defoe, Hettinger-Scranton, dec. Wendel, LLM, 8-4. Alfson, Hillsboro-CV, pinned Martian, Bowman County, 4:46.

113 pounds


Burwick, Hettinger-Scranton, pinned Meiers, Stanley-PL, 2:45. Dittus, New Salem-Almont, dec. Urlaub, Pembian County North 6-3.


Wright, Hillsboro-CV, dec. Irmen, Velva, 10-8. Herr, South Border, pinned Lang, Napoleon, 4:10. Ogren, Kindred, dec. Taylor, Williams County, 11-3. Thompson, May-Port-CG, pinned Lipp, Ryan, :58.

Gumke, Watford City, pinned Wright, Hillsboro-CV, 1:56. Madrigal, Bowman County, pinned Herr, South Border, 2:58. Hendrickson, Carrington, pinned Ogren, Kindred, 1:47. Burgard, Oakes, dec. Thompson, May-Port-CG, 6-5.

120 pounds


Jangula, Napoleon dec. Sweeney, Larimore, 1-0. Geiszler, Carrington, pinned Leintz, Beulah-Hazen, 4:34.


Sullivan, Central Cass, dec. Harstad, Stanley-PL, 7-2. Jochim, South Border, pinned Beeter, Ryan, 4:42. Walliser, Lisbon, dec. Thomas, Velva, 8-1. Thacker, Watford City, dec. Thompson, Linton, 9-4.

Spooner, Des Lacs-Burlington, pinned Sullivan, Central Cass, 7-2. Irwin, New Salem-Almont, pinned Jochim, South Border, 2:31. Schill, Pembina County North, pinned Walliser, Lisbon, 2:03. Martinez, Hettinger-Scranton, pinned Thacker, Watford City, 4:06.

126 pounds


Jangula, Napoleon, dec. Vangorkom, South Border, 9-1. Roney, Oakes, dec. Verville, Pembina County North, 12-3.


Kline, Hettinger-Scranton, pinned Schmalz, Bowman County, 2:21. Winkler, Des Lacs-Burlington, dec. Gross, Central Cass, 2-0. Dean, Velva, dec. Berg, Rugby, 11-8. Lagge, Beulah-Hazen, pinned Garmann, Watford City, 2:26.

Hoggarth, Carrington, pinned Kline, Hettinger-Scranton, :39. Alfson, Hillsboro-CV, dec. Winkler, Des Lacs-Burlington, 11-2. Oien, Linton, tech. fall Dean, Velva, 17-1. Burtch, Kenmare-Bowbells, pinned Lagge, Beulah-Hazen, 4:33.

132 pounds


Nagel, Linton, dec. Jahnke, Central Cass, 6-5. Mogen, Velva, pinned Aberles, Lisbon, 5:22.


Schall, Oakes, dec. Andersen, Killdeer, 12-7. Bartuska, Des Lacs-Burlington, pinned Grove, Rugby, 2:05. Fritz, Beulah-Hazen, pinned Stroklund, Kenmare-Bowbells, 1:37. Elliott, May-Port-CG, pinned Mathern, EEK, 4:21.

Schalesky, Hettinger-Scranton, pinned Schall, Oakes, 3:26. Bartuska, Des Lacs-Burlington, dec. Broadwell, Carrington, 9-4. Mattern, Bowman County, dec. Fritz, Beulah-Hazen, 10-8. Litton, Pembina County North, pinned Elliott, May-Port-CG, :50.

138 pounds


Elijah, Lisbon, tech. fall Hackman, Velva, 16-0. Horgan, Pembina County North, dec. Moch, Linton, 6-1.


Scheer, Beulah-Hazen, dec. ruggles, Bowman County, 6-4. Berdal, May-Port-CG, pinned Witt, Kenmare-Bowbells, 4:39. Craft, Stanley-PL, won by disqualification over Harrison, Standing Rock. dockter, Harvey-WC, dec. Schwartzenberg, Watford City, 9-7.

Jaeger, Rugby, dec. Scheer, Beulah-Hazen, 15-4. Weigel, Napoleon, dec. Berdal, May-Port-CG, 10-2. Carr, Carrington, pinned Craft, Stanley-PL, :31. Bakke, Kindred, pinned Dockter, Harvey-WC, 1:46.

145 pounds


Carr, Carrington, dec. Volk, Central Cass, 9-1. Sandy, Ryan, dec. Hepper, Watford City, 6-5.


Irmen, Velva, pinned Ost, Oakes, 4:07. Smith, Lisbon, dec. Wolf, South Border, 7-0. Andress, Hettinger-Scranton, pinned Paine, MonDak, :41. Sott, Pembina County North, dec. Elliott, May-Port-CG, 8-4.

Snyder, Beulah-Hazen, dec. Irmen, Velva, 15-4. Bitz, Napoleon, dec. Smith, Lisbon, 3-2.

Andress, Hettinger-Scranton, dec. Miller, Des Lacs-Burlington, 4-2. Carlson, Bowman County, pinned Sott, Pembina County North, 4:47.

152 pounds


Holtan, Carrington, dec. Ladwig, Stanley-PL, 3-2. Beeter, Ryan, dec. Reinke, Lisbon, 5-3.


Jeffers, Bowman County, dec. Jochim, South Border, 8-7. Thomas, Velva, pinned Mark, Kindred, 2:18. Flores, Grafton, dec. Cook, Watford City, 9-5. Lester, Standing Rock, pinned Kracht, Kenmare-Bowbells, 3:46.

Lachowitzer, Hettinger-Scranton, dec. Jeffers, Bowman County, 11-3. Hastings, Hillsboro-CV, won by injury default over Thomas, Velva.

160 pounds


Hastings, Hillsboro-CV, pinned Dauphinais, Ryan, 1:53. Urbach, Lisbon, dec. Lee, Bowman County, 9-7 (ot).


Anderson, Hettinger-Scranton, pinned Selzler, Velva, 3:41. Ellingson, EEK, pinned Thielges, South Border, 2:40. Urlaub, Pembina County North, pinned Thiel, New Salem-Almont, :52. Smith, Stanley-PL, dec. Ruden, Des Lacs-Burlington 8-2.

Anderson, Hettinger-Scranton, dec. Berg, Central Cass, 7-6. Ellingston, EEK, dec. Collins, Kindred, 5-3. Urlaub, Pembina County North, pinned Mellmer, Beulah-Hazen, 1:58. Wolsky, Carrington, pinned Smith, Stanley-PL, 3:47.

170 pounds


Grunefelder, Napoleon, dec. Brown, Pembina County North, 9-1. Anderson, Carrington, dec. Tabor, Killdeer, 14-10.


Johnson, Lisbon, pinned Dove, Velva, 4:07. Mcgrath, New Salem-Almont, pinned Snyder, Ryan, 3:37. Gregoire, Larimore, dec. DeArcos, South Broder, 6-5. Eslinger, Beulah-Hazen, dec. Brown, Stanley-PL, 6-3.

Johnson, Lisbon, pinned Hersch, Central Cass, 3:48. Canfield, Williams County, pinned Mcgrath, New Salem-Almont, 1:34. Grueneich, EEK, tech. fall Gregoire, Larimore, 15-0. Anderson, Hettinger-Scranton, pinned Eslinger, Beulah-Hazen, 1:16.

182 pounds


Lura, Carrington, dec. Murphy, Standing Rock, 7-3. McDaniel, Lisbon, dec. Jepson, Killdeer, 9-7.


Jesz, Kenmare-Bowbells, dec. Rudolph, Stanley-PL, 1-0. Lundeen, Ryan, pinned Lawson, Harvey-WC, 4:39. Pruneda, Hillsboro-CV, pinned Steffen, Larimore, :57. Smith, LLM, pinned Ledahl, MonDak, 1:54.

Jesz, Kenmare-Bowbells, dec. Dennis, Watford City, 2-1. Forster, New Salem-Almont, pinned Lundeen, Ryan, 3:50. Roth, Oakes, pinned Pruneda, Hillsboro-CV, 2:53. Kuntz, South Border, dec. Smith, LLM, 8-5.

195 pounds


Barbion, Beulah-Hazen, pinned Helseth, Velva, 1:31. Will, Ryan, pinned Larson, Carrington, 5:06.


Merrigan, Central Cass, dec. Jeffers, Bowman County, 7-0. Connelly, Hillsboro-CV, pinned Wilhelmi, Stanley-PL, :25. Kauk, South Border, pinned Ethridge, New Town-Parshall, :17. Kelly, Lisbon, pinned Berg, MonDak, 1:54.

Nitschke, EEK, dec. Merrigan, Central Cass, 4-0. Schalesky, Hettinger-Scranton, dec. Connelly, Hillsboro-CV, 8-0. Roemmich, Linton, pinned Kauk, South Border, 4:20. Kelly, Lisbon, dec. Martinez, Grafton, 4-1.

220 pounds


Steeke, Hettinger-Scranton, dec. Sanders, Beulah-Hazen, 6-3. Lafferty, Pembina County North, dec. Copenhaver, Carrington, 7-3.


Knudson, Central Cass, pinned McFadden, Killdeer, 3:10. Hoelscher, Stanley-PL, dec. Defender, Northern Lights, 8-0. Koehmstedt, Rugby, dec. Blondo, EEK, 7-1. Rasmussen, Williams County, pinned Vetter, Linton, 1:45.

Belland, Watford City, pinned Knudson, Central Cass, 1:39. Hoelscher, Stanley-PL, dec. Hendrickson, Larimore, 4-2 (2 ot). Schwab, Lisbon, pinned Koehmstedt, Rugby, 1:24. Rasmussen, Williams County, pinned Molter, South Border, 4:31.

285 pounds


Kelly, Oakes, dec. Roesler, Central Cass, 9-3. Schroeder, Carrington, pinned Moen, Des Lacs-Burlington, 3:05.


Faller, Watford City, pinned Hodges, Velva, 1:36. Erflie, New Salem-Almont, pinned Hall, Killdeer, 1:59. Lee, Ryan, pinned Moen, May-Port-CG, 1:35. Fastnacht, EEK, pinned Mattheis, Linton, 2:13.

Dubourt, Pembina County North, dec. Faller, Watford City, 3-0. Flynn, New Town-Parshall, pinned Erflie, New Salem-Almont, 2:02. Lee, Ryan, dec. Kurtti, Northern Lights, 3-2. Fastnacht, EEK, dec. Sad, Lisbon 8-2.

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