Demetreus Roby wasn't about to let his final state tournament mirror the underachieving season that preceded it.
Roby, last year's state runner-up at 220 pounds, came into the Class A tournament as just a No. 6 seed - a far cry from his preseason No. 1 status.
The Minot senior lived up to the early-season hype on Thursday at the Fargodome, though, and affirmed he's still a title contender.
Roby (29-10) punched his ticket into the semifinals after getting past Williston's Chris Mann (11-9 decision) in the first round before besting Turtle Mountain's Waylon DeCoteau (12-7 decision) in the quarterfinals.
He was one of two Minot grapplers to come up with a win in West Fargo's 62-6 thumping of the Magicians in the dual portion of the tournament earlier in the day.
"So far I've come into this tournament with a fire under my butt," said Roby, who lost to DeCoteau twice during the regular season. "I've been doing horrible this season and it's time to pick it up."
Roby will face second-seeded Olaf Hanson of Fargo North today for a spot in Saturday's title match.
The Magicians, who sit in fourth place with 48 points in the team standings, advanced four wrestlers into today's semifinal round in Roby, Cody Haugen (145), Dayne Haman (195) and Nick Nesdahl (heavyweight).
Top-ranked Haugen (44-5) made quick work of his opposition, pinning Augustus Siaway of Fargo South in 43 seconds and Dillon Clark of Dickinson in one minute, 12 seconds. He'll face fourth-seeded Shane Undem of Valley City in the semifinals.
Haman (40-7) had a quick day, too, pinning Valley City's Dustin Lindgren in 50 seconds and Alexander Spillman of Mandan in just 27 seconds to secure his spot. He'll meet No.5 Jared Bertsch of Grand Forks Red River today.
Nesdahl (33-2) pinned Dan Spah of Grand Forks Central in 3:03 and Turtle Mountain's Tyson Keplin in 3:49. He also came came up with a win in the dual to finish 3-0 on the day. Nesdahl will face second-seeded Hunter Swensen of Fargo Davies in the heavyweight semifinals.
"That was the third time (Nesdahl) beat (Keplin) this season," Spooner said. "And they were all tough matches"
Jorey Bartsch (120) and Jesse Hoffart (132) won their first-round matches before falling in the quarterfinals. They'll be aiming for third place the rest of the way.
"It's not always about the kids (in the winner's bracket)," Spooner said. "It's about the kids in (the loser's bracket). If we want to get where we want as a team, we'll need (Bartsch and Hoffart) to do well."