Gus Bohmbach and Curtis Hall were the top Killdeer finishers in the New Salem East-West wrestling tournament.
The Cowboys placed 12th as a team, while Lisbon won the team crown with 191.5 points, barely edging the hosts for the title by just 3.5 points (188)).
By Brad Mosher
South Border placed third (166.5), ahead of Bowman County (134) and Velva (133) rounding out the top five teams in the two-day tournament.
Napoleon was sixth (118), followed by Carrington (seventh, 115), Hettinger-Scranton (eighth, 94.5), Oakes (ninth, 94) and Bishop Ryan (tenth, 86).
Hillsboro-Central Valley placed 11th with 83.5 points, while Killdeer was right behind with 78 points in the 25-team field of competitors.
Bohmbach lost in his quarterfinal match to South Border’s Marshall Lindgren, then rallied with three straight wins in the consolation bracket to make the third-place match.
In the third-place match, Bohmbach met Lindgren for the second time losing by fall to place fourth in the 106 pound competition.
Hall was on the other end of the scale, starting his 285-pound competition with win a over Keegan Henjum of Bishop Ryan, only to fall in the semifinal South Border’s Riley Molter by fall (5:13).
Hall rallied with a win by fall over Kutter Blumhagen of Velva by fall (1:44).
In the third-place match, it was Ben Shearer of Libson who won by fall over all Hall (1:59).
Dylan Tabor finished fifth in the 138 pound competition, starting with an opening round win before Brackin Awender got a 7-5 decision in the quarterfinal match with Tabor.
Tabor followed with two wins before a loss to Hunter Schwab in the consolation semis put him in the fifth-place match.
Tabor came back with a win by fall over Lyle Lunday from Northern Lights (0:29) to claim fifth place.
Zach Andersen also placed fifth in the 160-pound competition, after he opened with two wins, then lost to Jake Herr of South Border by fall (2:42) in the semifinal match.
Andersen lost a 6-4 decision in the consolation semifinals, but came back to win the fifth-place match by major decision (9-1) over Jaden Schmidt of Lisbon.