With the regional tournaments this weekend and the state wrestling tournament next weekend at the Fargodome, the final Class B wrestling poll is out.
Three area teams rank 1-2-3 in the final state poll, with Oakes No. 1, Lisbon No. 2 and Carrington No. 3. Napoleon is No. 7 and South Border also received votes.
Oakes has six wrestlers ranked No. 1 in Region 1. The Tornadoes’ Cody Vogeli (103 pounds), Brady Coleman (112), Deven Loepp (119), Josh Kelly (125), Lance Ehrlin (130) and Josten Coleman (145) top their respective weight class regional rankings.
Other Region 1 top-ranked wrestlers: Michael Nord of Lisbon at 135, Don Pierce of Edgeley-Ellendale at 140, Evan Gross of Napoleon at 152, Drew Moch of Linton-HMB at 160, Damon Weigel of Napoleon at 171, Nate Arnold of Edgeley-Ellendale at 189, Tyler Meidinger of South Border at 215 and Jordan Stenson of Lisbon at heavyweight.
Carrington has four wrestlers topping their weight classes in Region 2: Jake Laber at 119, Chris Bahm at 140, Kyle Bahm at 152 and Jordan Mittleider at 160. Harvey’s Bobby Bartz is No. 1 at 215 in Region 2.
Linton senior standout Justin Purintun has been nominated for the 2009 McDonald’s All American Boys’ High School Basketball team.
Purintun has helped lead the No. 1-ranked Linton Lions to a record of 16-0 so far this season, and is one of 1,500 high school basketball players nationwide to be nominated.
The 6-foot-2 senior averaged 16.7 points and 6.8 rebounds as a junior last season, while racking up 98 assists.
From the field of nominees, 24 athletes will be chosen later this month to compete in the boys’ 2009 McDonald’s All American Game in Miami, which will air live on ESPN.