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A 'fitting' end

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Spencer senior Dallas Boisen locks the barbed wire on Southeast Polk's Kyle Ratzesberger Saturday morning at the Iowa High School Athletic Association State Wrestling Championship at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Ratzesberger couldn't escape the hold, taking the pin at 1:20 as Boisen claimed fifth-place at 140 pounds.
Dallas Boisen closed out a successful high school wrestling career on the medals podium at the Iowa High School Athletic Association State Wrestling Championships Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, finishing his four-year varsity career with a fifth-place performance at 140 pounds following a pinfall victory over Southeast Polk's Kyle Ratzesberger in 1:20.

In his last match with the Tigers, Boisen's career came to an appropriate end as he locked Ratzesberger in the "barbed wire," a pinning combination that has helped Boisen become the 11th wrestler in Spencer history to record over 100 wins in a career.

"To end it in the fashion he did with a pin was a great way to close it all out - fitting that he ended it with his barbed wire move," said Spencer Head Coach Dave Schaefer. "He's beaten a lot of kids in his career with that move. It was nice he could get 'er hooked up and finish one last guy off with it.

"He definitely wanted to go down there and win a medal. He did that, and he had a great tournament with a tech fall and two pins," Schaefer added. "He was very satisfied with that and I sure am happy for him, too."

Boisen wrapped up his second straight trip to the Iowa state wrestling tournament with a 3-2 mark over the three-day stretch. His only losses came to the eventual state champion, No. 1 Zach McCool of West Delaware, and to No. 2 John Nicholson of Des Moines Roosevelt. Nicholson went on to place third.

Boisen's final victory improved his record to 39-10 in his senior season. He finishes the year as the Tigers' wins leader, and also ended his career with 106 career victories.

"He's been a four year starter for us, a four-year letterwinner. Hes been a mainstay," Schaefer said of Boisen. "He's been real valuable member of our program. It's hard to see a kid like that graduate. It seems like he's been wrestling forever."

After arriving back in Spencer, Boisen has already put his new state medal to good use, showing it off to the up-and-coming young Tigers at the Iowa Great Lakes Wrestling Club.

"You'd like to think that's an impressionable moment with our younger kids," said Schaefer. "That's what is so great about wrestling - there's a lot of opportunities for younger kids to connect with the older guys. You like to create those opportunities for the younger kids to come in contact with the older guys, and hopefully those young kids will emulate some of the positive things that made the older kids successful.

"Dallas has certainly been a great leader and a great role model for the younger kids. He's shown that, through hard work, you can achieve," Schaefer added of his senior co-captain.

Led by Boisen's fifth-place finish, Spencer capped off its second straight season with multiple state qualifiers; a season that also saw the Tigers capture a piece of the Lakes Conference dual title for the first time in over a decade.

With the season officially in the books, Schaefer looked ahead to the 2007-08 season.

"We've got a great nucleus back with four returning state qualifiers from this year and, of course, Ryan Edwardson who qualified last year. There's not a lot of programs in the state that can say they've got five returning state qualifiers in their room," Schaefer commented. "We've got an opportunity to do some special things next year. It's going to take a lot of hard work, but that's something our kids will certainly do."

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