Lisbon training partners Sours and Greenley end undefeated seasons with state titles


The Lisbon training partners both closed undefeated seasons with state championships at the North Dakota Class B wrestling tournament on Friday at the Fargodome. The tandem won seven combined state titles with Sours, a senior, winning his fourth and Greenley, a second, winning his third.

“That man right there (Sours) is the reason I was able to be so successful,” Greenley said. “He keeps me going all the time and I’m really sad to see him go. I give my all to my training partner, he made me all I am.

Sours won the championship at 170 pounds beating Carsen Mertz of Harvey-Wells County by a 23-8 tech drop in 5 minutes and 19 seconds. He scored a withdrawal after the withdrawal, leaving Mertz free to withdraw it again at will. He landed five takedowns in the first, three in the second and two in the third.

“Everything is paying off right now,” Sours said. “It’s great to finish this chapter. I want to bring all of this success and hard work to life and keep working hard in life. “

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Sours finished the season with a perfect score of 31-0 and scored bonus points in every game but one all season. He capped a near-perfect career in high school, winning home state titles each year from his freshman to senior seasons, all in different weight classes. He won the state championship at 145 pounds in freshman in 2018, 152 in sophomore in 2019, and 160 last year in junior.

“There are a lot more great wrestlers coming after me,” Sours said. “All the young people in the room, everyone in the room. We love the legacy we have and hope we can maintain it. “

Greenley won the championship at 152 pinning Des Lacs-Burlington’s Cale Ibach in 1:43 in the final. He’s bowling in three of his four state tournament games. Greenley needed the six minutes to make a major 14-6 decision over New Salem-Almont’s Ethan Hammons in the semifinals.

The 152-pound runner-up finished the season with an unblemished 33-0 record, his second straight State Championship campaign undefeated. He hasn’t lost a game since December 2018, when he was in eighth.

“Now I have to win two more – that’s the goal,” said Greenley.


Leading Lisbon's Boeden Greenley competes with Des-Lacs Burlington-Lewis & Clark's Cale Ibach in the North Dakota State Class B Wrestling Championships on Friday, February 19, at the Fargodome.  Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Leading Lisbon’s Boeden Greenley competes with Des-Lacs Burlington-Lewis & Clark’s Cale Ibach in the North Dakota State Class B Wrestling Championships on Friday, February 19, at the Fargodome. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

“I did exactly what I wanted to do (in the final). He came out a little fiery, but I like it. It was fun.”

Sours and Greenley helped the Broncos win a state tag team championship. Lisbon accumulated 246 team points, nearly 37 more than second-placed Carrington at 209.5. New Salem-Almont (185.5) was third, South Border (171.5) was fourth and Velva (169.5) completed the top five.

The Broncos have won the place of state in 12 of 14 weight classes. In addition to their state champions Sours and Greenley, Kashdon Wadeson was fifth at 106, Blaze Reinke third at 120, Carter Wallner eighth at 126, Mike Nelson fourth at 132, Simon Sveum eighth at 145, Jaden Schmidt third at 160 , Hunter Schultz was seventh at 182, Averey Dick was second at 195, Granger Dick was eighth at 220 and Josh Shearer was second at 285.

“This whole team is exceptional,” said Sours. “You feel comfortable with each of them and you can count on each of them. “

Central Cass junior Jake Deutsch took third place at 138 pounds, beating a familiar face in the third-place game. He won a 6-2 decision over Henry Nelson of Hillsboro-Central Valley – an opponent he said he struggled frequently.

“Henry is tough, I’ve struggled my whole life,” Deutsch said. “Maybe he’ll get me one of those times in the future.”

Deutsch intended to play in a state championship this weekend, but a quarterfinal loss to Northern Lights’ Jakob Hudson dashed those hopes. He recovered and went on to four consecutive victories to grab third place.

“I’m proud to be working to come back here,” Deutsch said. “I could have put myself down and come in and take eighth place or not. But I fought back.

South Border sent three wrestlers to the state final and ended up with a state champion and two runners-up.

Nathan Schauer defeated Averey Dick of Lisbon by a major 12-2 decision in the final for his first state title.

Ashton Peterson was second at 220, losing to Carrington’s Beau Retzlaff in the final. Marshall Lindgren was second at 132, losing to Williams County’s Ethan Wonser in the final.

The 132 Championship game was a returning state champions showdown, as Lindgren was the 120-pound champion last year and Wonser the 126-pound champion. Last year’s 126-pound runner-up Carter Schmitz of Kindred , finished third in a loaded weight class. .


Milton S. Rodgers

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