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The Mustangs dethroned the two-time defending champion Patriots in a wild five-set match that stretched into Sunday morning
The Mustangs interrupted Bismarck Century's long-running dominance as North Dakota's Class A state champs on Saturday at the Bismarck Event Center.
Senior outside hitter Reagan Bogenreif recorded the final kill for the Mustangs to send them into Saturday's heavyweight championship bout against Bismarck Century.
The Blue Jays will square off with East Region top seed West Fargo Sheyenne on Friday.
After falling into a 2-0 hole, the Sabers clawed all the way back to top the Packers in five sets on Thursday.
The Bruins are making their first Class A tournament appearance since 2014 while the Spartans are there for the first time since 2011.
The University of St. Thomas commit just wrapped up his senior season with the Deacons, helping guide the team to its first state championship since 2018.
Owen Leach's interception in the end zone with 1:01 remaining in the fourth quarter sent the Rebels to U.S. Bank Stadium for the first time in six years.
The Deacons took a 35-7 lead into the locker room and ultimately clinched their first state championship since 2018.
Brock Norton's 6-yard run and a conversion on the first OT possession held up as the game-winner after the Holsteins denied the Tornadoes' 2-point attempt to tie it.