Leintz wins state title at 113
By Jarann Johnson
The Beulah-Hazen wrestling team had a busy weekend at the state tournament, winning one state individual title and having three wrestlers reach finals. Beulah-Hazen finished ninth overall out of 32 teams.
Jeremy Leintz, a senior for Beulah-Hazen, headed into the championship match against Coy Awender (Oakes) needing one more win to reach 200 career wins and his first state championship. The 113 championship match started slowly.
Neither wrestler recorded a single point in the first period. The score was tied 0-0 after one period and Awender got to pick the starting position in the second period.
Awender chose to start in the down possession and earned an escape in 30 seconds. Leintz was down and needed to score, but couldn’t figure out a way to earn a point.
At the end of two periods, Leintz was down 1-0 but there was hope. Leintz got to choose the starting position for the third and final period.
Leintz chose the down position, which meant if he could escape the match would be tied. Awender knew if he controlled Leintz for two minutes he would win the state championship.
Leintz didn’t break free during the first 30 seconds of the round. Awender was inching closer to a state title with 1:30 left in the third period.