Braun 1 win away: LaMoure’s Shockman reaches finalZane Braun faced his own style in the semifinals of the Class A state wrestling tournament on Friday at the Fargodome. Jamestown’s 152-pound senior took care of business, pinning Mandan’s Adam Stein in 2 minutes, 37 seconds to advance to the finals for the second straight year. He also moved into second place all-time on Jamestown High’s career wins list, passing Nick Olson’s 128.
By: By Chris Aarhus, The Jamestown Sun, The Jamestown Sun
FARGO — Zane Braun faced his own style in the semifinals of the Class A state wrestling tournament on Friday at the Fargodome.
Jamestown’s 152-pound senior took care of business, pinning Mandan’s Adam Stein in 2 minutes, 37 seconds to advance to the finals for the second straight year. He also moved into second place all-time on Jamestown High’s career wins list, passing Nick Olson’s 128.
Stein stayed active, keeping himself long and stretched out to avoid any kind of cradle against Braun, a top seed who improved to 39-0 on the season.
“You don’t want to get wirey with Zane; that was a mistake,” White said. “It was a dominant match. He controlled it the whole time. He got the takedown, made the turn and pinned him.”
Braun said he expected to face stiffer tests in the later rounds, though it hasn’t seemed to stop him. He pinned his first two opponents in a combined 1:53 seconds on Thursday.
“He was just trying to wrestle me tough, trying to bully me around but I wasn’t gonna take it,” Braun said. “I saw what I had to do and got the job done.”
Braun meets Grand Forks Central senior Bryce Fish (40-3) today, looking for state title No. 2. If he wins, he’ll be the fourth in school history to accomplish the feat of winning two titles.
“It feels good, I’ve just got to get ready for tomorrow and get the job done,” said Braun, who beat Fish 3-1 in overtime in the championship match at the Bismarck Rotary in early January. “I’ve been here quite a few years. (I’ve) just gotta treat it as another wrestling tournament and go hard as always.”
Braun is the only finalist for Jamestown, which has three wrestlers still alive. Jaden Horsted lost a semifinal to Mandan rival Curt Zachmeier by a 6-2 decision, and the latter has accounted for three of Horsted’s five losses this season.
White said Horsted wasn’t at 100 percent, which may have hindered his chances at an upset. He injured his elbow earlier this week.
“That’s who he’s lost to twice, though all along we thought he had a chance of beating him,” White said. “He was really kind of limited to one arm there.”
Jamestown’s Paxton Mewes bounced back from a quarterfinal loss with a 6-0 decision over Brandon Hanson of Grand Forks Central. Mewes, a No. 6 seed, will look to knock out another Central opponent when he faces No. 7 seed Tyler Keener today. A win would guarantee Mewes at least sixth place. Horsted is guaranteed at least sixth.
The Blue Jays are in 11th place in team competition with 53 points. West Fargo leads Bismarck High 176 to 173.5 at the top.
Shockman moves into finals
LaMoure senior Logan Shockman knocked off Lisbon junior Wyatt Smith to advance to the Class B 220-pound state finals against Napoleon senior Andrew Beine, the No. 1 seed.
Shockman, seeded third, beat the second-seeded Smith by 5-4 decision. The two had previously wrestled five times with Smith winning four.
“I was jacked; I wanted to make the finals so bad,” said Shockman, who signed to play football at Northern State in Aberdeen, S.D. “I’m a senior and he’s only a junior. I deserved it.”
Often, standout wrestlers place lower to start and improve on those finishes with age. However, Shockman has gone right from never placing at state to the state finals.
“It feels amazing,” he said. “I can’t even believe this.”
Shockman is part of a dominant Region 1 effort.
Lisbon, Napoleon and South Border each put three in the finals. Trenten Jangula (152), Matthew Gross (160) and Andrew Beine (220) made it for Napoleon, as did Andy Nolz (120), Blake Bosch (126) and James Thielges (182) of South Border. Lisbon put Jace Berg (120), Dylan Urbach (145) and Wyatt Aberle (152) into the finals.
Also making it were Carrington’s Walker Carr (132) and Cordell Schroeder (285), and Linton-HMB’s Brandon Oien (106) and Brock Nagel (145).
Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm’s Dylan Schnabel, seeded fourth, upset No. 1 seed Austin Schuldheisz to make the 195-pound finals.
South Border leads team competition with 141 points after two days. Lisbon is second with 105.5, while Carrington (103.5), Oakes (86) and Central Cass (85.5) rounded out the top five.
Mustangs win dual title
Linton-HMB pulled off a stunning 39-30 upset of Carrington in the semifinals, but couldn’t keep momentum as South Border won its third consecutive state dual championship with a 50-15 win.
The Mustangs took 11 of 14 matches with pins coming from Tyler Toepke-Floyd (106), Blake Bosch (126), Brayden Kuntz (138) and Dillon Braaten (285).
Linton-HMB’s Josh Schlosser (113) and Brock Nagel (152) scored falls.
Carrington finished third with a 48-25 win over Region 2 rival Central Cass. Chaz Bauer (126), Walker Carr (132), Patrick Freeman (138), Riley Lura (160), Seth Zink (170) and Schuldheisz (220) earned pins.