Cooper Siebrecht provides opening and closing statements in Lisbon's regional dual title

Lions return to State Duals with chance to defend championship

LISBON — Cooper Siebrecht took the mat for the final time at home.

The Lisbon senior couldn’t closed his career in the “Lion’s Den” any better.

Siebrecht started the night with a pin in an 84-0 victory over New London and then ended the night with a pin in second-ranked Lisbon’s 54-21 win over No. 13 Wilton Tuesday night in a Class 1A regional duals final

Lisbon qualified for the State Duals tournament Feb. 14 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. The Lions are the second seed and face Woodbury Central in the quarterfinals at 9 a.m.

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“It was cool to close the dual to get to state,” Siebrecht said. “It’s my last dual competing in the Lion’s Den. It was good to get a pin in my last match (here).”

The Lions dominated the field, winning all 14 weights against New London and claiming 10 of 14 matches against the Beavers (28-4). Heavily-favored Lisbon took care of business against a team that it will see Saturday in the individual state qualifier.

“Our whole goal was to come out and perform to our best,” Siebrecht said. “We knew if we did that we’d handle the teams we had to face. Now, we’re focused on districts.”

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Siebrecht (145) seemingly set the tone with his first-period pin to open the New London dual. The Lions had eight pins and received six forfeits in the perfect semifinal dual. Lisbon added more of the same against Wilton, which defeated Pekin, 60-18, in the semifinals.

Bryce Werderman (170) and Jake Jennett at 195 recorded falls in a four-match win streak that gave Lisbon an 18-6 lead after five matches.

After Wilton wins at heavyweight and 106, the Lions captured five of the last six bouts. Gage McCoy (113), 120-pound state champion and top-ranked Cael Happel, Cobe Siebrecht (126) and Ryne Mohrfeld at 132 had falls before the older Siebrecht added the finishing touch.

“We wrestled well tonight,” Lisbon Coach Brad Smith said. “We got a lot of bonus points. That’s what we try to do every dual.

“We’re back there, so we have another shot at getting another title.”

Lisbon has 10 wrestlers competing in the district meet. Smith said the dual competition is beneficial for the four who did not advance from last Saturday sectional. They will have a chance to contribute to the State Duals effort.

Freshman Cole Clark did exactly that at 182. He posted a pin in the first dual and used takedowns in the first two periods for a 5-2 decision over John Rife, giving Lisbon a 12-6 lead after four matches.

“I wanted to do my best for the team,” Clark said. “Since I’m done for the year as an individual, I wanted to work and help the team out the best I can.”

Lisbon will make its 12th appearance in the State Duals tournament, including four straight. The Lions are looking for back-to-back State Duals titles since 1987-88 during Smith’s first tenure.

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“We have to have our 'A' game the whole weekend,” Smith said. “If we do, we’ll be right there in the hunt.”

AT LISBON

Lisbon 54, Wilton 21

(Individual takedowns in parentheses)

152 pounds — Trey Brisker (W) pinned Truman Krob,: 47 (1,0); 160 — Kaden Kilburg (L) dec. Elisha Faison, 7-2 (1,1); 170 — Bryce Werderman (L) pinned Coy Baker, 1:08 (1,0); 182 — Cole Clark (L) dec. John Rife, 5-2 (2,1); 195 — Jake Jennett (L) pinned Cameron Reddick, 3:57 (2,0); 220 — Logan O’Connor (L) won by forfeit; Hwt. — Calib Lilly (W) dec. Brant Baltes, 3-0 (1,0); 106 — Colton Berggren (W) pinned Riley Dolan, 4:51 (5,0); 113 — Gage McCoy (L) pinned Colton Cruse, 1:31 (1,0); 120 — Cael Happel (L) pinned Hunter Stoll,: 37 (3,0); 126 — Cobe Siebrecht (L) pinned Reid Johnson, 2:33 (1,0); 132 — Ryne Mohrfeld (L) pinned Trey Sulzberger, 1:51 (1,0); 138 — Cory Anderson (W) pinned Clay McCoy, 4:47 (4,0); 145 — Cooper Siebrecht (L) pinned Jerome Mays, 1:04 (2,0).

MEET STATISTICS

Takedowns — Lisbon 14, Wilton 13. Reversals — Lisbon 3, Wilton 2. Escapes — Lisbon 8, Wilton 5. Nearfall points — Lisbon 17, Wilton 14. Penalty points (awarded) — Lisbon 0, Wilton 0. Total match points — Lisbon 59, Wilton 49.

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