Gus Bombach led a handful of teammates onto the podium during the weekend’s Panther Booster Wrestling tournament in Rugby.
The team placed eleventh in the competition with a total of 85 points. The Cowboys were just 3.5 points from a top-10 finish.
It was New Salem which won the tournament title with 232.5 points, with Central Cass 16 points back at 216.5. Velva took third (177), ahead of Turtle Mountain (155.5) and Napoleon (139).
Bombach made it to the finals of the 106-pound competition before losing to Jake Deutsch of Central Cass in a major decision.
Bombach opened the tournament with three straight victories by fall.
It was in the semifinals where Bombach picked up a 6-5 decision over Trevor Hinkle of Pembina County North
In the finals, Deutch pulled out an 11-2 major decision victory over Bombach.
Zach Andersen made it all the way to the 160-pound semifinals before he lost his first match to Nathan Weigel of Napoleon.
Weigel entered the tournament with only one loss this season. Weigel won by fall (1:14).
Andersen dropped to the consolation semifinals where he rebounded with a win by fall (4:07) over Nathan Ferm of Deslac-Burlington.
Andersen wrapped up his third place finish with a narrow 5-4 decision over Parker Villandre from Devils Lake.
Curtis Hall grabbed the bronze in the 285-pound competition. He made it through the competition unscathed until Seth Baker of Turtle Mountain handed the Killdeer wrestler his first loss in the tournament by fall (1:58).
Hall bounced back in the consolation semifinals and third-place match to claim the bronze.
At 145 pounds, Dylan Tabor placed fifth with a victory over Bransyn Yanish of Velva by a 9-7 decision in the fifth place match. It was the second victory over Yanish for Tabor in the tournament. Tabor was bounced into the consolation bracket after a narrow 4-3 loss to Cody Rudolph of Stanley.
Tabor suffered another setback in the consolation semifinals with a loss by fall to Easton Ogren of Kindred.
That loss set up Tabor for his rematch with Yanish.