Schroeder pins way to title No. 2FARGO — Cordell Schroeder aced nearly every test on the mat his senior season.
By: Chris Aarhus, The Jamestown Sun, The Jamestown Sun
FARGO — Cordell Schroeder aced nearly every test on the mat his senior season.
For him, there’s nothing left to accomplish.
Schroeder scored a takedown in each period to lead 6-0 before pinning Minot Ryan’s Mason Kramer with 10 seconds remaining in the Class B heavyweight championship match. Schroeder, who also won at 220 last year, finished 46-1 including an unbeaten mark against North Dakota opponents. His only loss was a 5-2 setback to nationally ranked Michael Burckhardt of Coon Rapids, Minn.
More importantly, Schroeder became the first heavyweight champion in Carrington’s tradition-rich program.
“It feels extremely awesome,” Schroeder said. “My dad wrestled heavyweight back in the day and he was never able to quite make it to state. It’s an unbelievable feeling.”
It was bittersweet for Schroeder, who will head to the North Dakota State College of Science for football in the fall.
“I thought I was ready to be done, but I was telling my family and a couple teammates that it’s kind of sad knowing I’ll never wrestle in the (Fargodome) ever again,” he said.
Schroeder proved to be too much for Kramer, a first-year wrestler who made it all the way to the finals while learning the sport on the go. Kramer finished 20-3.
Carrington had another state champion in freshman Walker Carr, who upended Justin Thomas of Des Lacs-Burlington by 10-4 decision in the 132-pound finals. Carr had previously lost to Thomas on a reversal in the final seconds earlier this season.
“I really tried to get my stance down,” Carr said. “Get my hands down and get ready for some head blocks and good sprawls. I was definitely ready for that.”
Carrington finished third with 143.5 points, getting nine state placers.
South Border took the team competition with 195 points thanks to 12 state-placers and one state champion in Blake Bosch, who won his third title and got his state-record 240th win. He was named Class B senior athlete of the year for his efforts.
“It’s amazing; it’s a fairy-tale ending to an awesome career,” Bosch said. “The couple years I took second in the finals really drove me. It’s been my dream and it’s a dream come true.”
In his six varsity years, he averaged 40 wins a season. He passed Minot Ryan’s Levi Haugen with his 235th win on the first day.
“That’s just gravy,” Bosch said. “All the extra accolades are just gravy on top of me winning state. That was my goal.”
Lisbon had the most individual champions in the tournament with Jace Berg (120), Dylan Urbach (145) and Wyatt Aberle (152) winning it all. Oakes sophomore Erik Loepp (113) grabbed his third straight state title, and teammate Cole Ehrlin (170) picked up one of his own. Napoleon senior Andrew Beine beat LaMoure senior Logan Shockman 6-1 for the 220-pound title.
Linton-Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock co-coaches Dan Imdieke and Bruce Hase were named Class B coaches of the year as voted on by their peers.
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