For many years, winning a state title has been a dream for Tate Nordby.
The New England senior has devoted countless hours commuting to Dickinson for wrestling practice with the Midgets.
By Brad Mosher
The dream came true this year, in his final season of prep wrestling.
But with a slight twist.
It wasn’t an individual title.
Instead, Nordby came up with a key technical fall to tie up the title match against Bismarck in the dual competition.
A teammate clinched the Dickinson state dual championship.
He still was able to get a bronze in the individual competition.
“Getting third at state wasn’t my plan,” he said.
“We are getting rings and we got like placques too.”
The victory against Bismarck came a short time after his loss in the semifinals.
“Right after my semifinal loss… like 20 minutes after… I had to wrestle.
“That is when the championship (matches) started. I had to pull myself together,” he said.
One thing that Nordby has focused on was the turnaround after his loss.
“I won my last two high school matches. I’d say I ended the season on a high note.
Nordby was part of a co-op arrangement with Dickinson High School which paid off this season.
First, the Midgets moved one of their home matches to New England.
That was a first, according to New England Superintendent Kelly Koppinger.
Now, New England also has a piece of the state dual championship.
Nordby acknowledges that he has been improving.
“I definitely improved. My eighth-grade year I made it to state and I didn’t have to even win a match. I went 0-2 and got eighth at the regional turnament. Then I didn’t win a match at state, but I got to wrestle the number two seed right away. Then I did a wrestle-back and lost.
“In my freshman year, (at regionals) I won two matches, beat a kid I had never beaten before, then I beat him again for seventh.
“I went to state. I lost my first match and went to the wrestle-backs. I had the kid that I had beat twice before at the regional tournament and he beat me by two points to end my freshman year.”
In his sophomore year, Nordby said he worked hard the previou summer, working out in the weight room. He placed in a few tournaments.
“I coud have wrestled better, but I ended up beating the number two kid in the state, so I still felt pretty good about myself,” he said.
As a junior, Nordby was ranked about third or fourth in the state.
“I went into the regional tournament seeded third. In my semifinals match, I got pinned by the two seed.
“I went into the wrestlebacks and lost. I got fifth in the regional tournament that year. I went to state seeded seventh and then I won my first match,” he said.
Nordby lost to the number two seed at state, then went againts his teammate, who also qualified for state.
“I had beaten him every single match that year. I would be able to beat him during practice..
“I ended up losing to him 3-0, ending the year,” he said.