Sebelius eyes 200th mat victory
When he started wrestling on the West Fargo varsity team in seventh grade, Keith Sebelius didn't think his wrestling career would yield much. "I just thought I'd be a mediocre guy who would be at it for a long time," said Sebelius, now a senior a...
When he started wrestling on the West Fargo varsity team in seventh grade, Keith Sebelius didn't think his wrestling career would yield much.
"I just thought I'd be a mediocre guy who would be at it for a long time," said Sebelius, now a senior and the defending Class A state champion at 135 pounds.
His prognosis was nowhere near the result.
Making his sixth and final appearance in the state wrestling tournament -- which runs today through Saturday at the Fargodome -- Sebelius is three wins short of 200 for his career.
"That's dedication right there," West Fargo coach Steve Marquart said of Sebelius, who has a 197-46 career record. "To get 200 wins, that's unheard of. He's never had a losing record in any of his six years on varsity. It's crazy."
Despite being the defending state champion, Sebelius (31-2) is the No. 2 seed at 135 behind Bismarck High's Scott Glasser (37-4).
A four-time placer at the state tournament, Sebelius is focused on reaching 200 and defending his individual title.
"Just to know that you are the best in the state for that year is awesome," said Sebelius, who was named East Region senior athlete of the year last Saturday.
Sebelius went 18-17 -- wrestling at 103 pounds -- when he was a seventh-grader. That was the only year Sebelius was close to a losing record. He has won at least 30 matches in his last five seasons.
"It's like I've been a senior the past three years, it's weird," said Sebelius, who is undecided on his college plans. "It's been a part of my life, coming to this wrestling room and working out and going to the tournaments almost every weekend."
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Travis Lang of Bismarck and Ben Imdieke of Linton both enter the state wrestling tournament having eclipsed 200 career victories. Lang is seeded No. 1 in Class A at 125 pounds and is seeking a fourth state title. Imdieke is seeded No. 1 in Class B at 160 pounds and is in search of a fourth state championship. Lang has a 217-7 career record, while Imdieke has a 217-21 career mark. "He's worked harder this year than he has during any other year," Linton coach Dan Imdieke said of his son Ben. "That Lang, he's unreal, too. They are both awesome wrestlers." ... Bismarck High had a West Region wrestling tournament to remember last Saturday in Beulah.
The Demons won individual championships in 10 of the 14 weight divisions. "I thought it was an amazing feat to have 10 in the finals and to have all of them win exceeded all expectations," Bismarck co-coach Scott Knowlen said. ... Caleb White of Fargo North has been named North Dakota Gatorade High School Boys Soccer Player of the Year. Named Mr. Soccer, White helped the Spartans to the state title last fall. ... Kellie Miller of Bismarck Century has been named North Dakota Gatorade High School Girls Soccer Player of the Year.
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