Championship round of state wrestling

Forsyth's Michael Weber celebrates his fourth state title after winning the Class B-C 152-pound championship match at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark in February. Weber has orally committed to wrestle at North Dakota State. 

BILLINGS — Another Weber will be a member of the North Dakota State wrestling team.

Michael Weber, who won his fourth State B-C championship in February at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark, has given an oral commitment to wrestle for the Bison and plans on signing this month.

Weber, who visited the NDSU campus in Fargo, North Dakota, in December, is excited to join the Bison. At NDSU, he’ll be reunited with his brother Luke, who was a 157-pound redshirt sophomore for the Bison this season. Luke was also a four-time state champ for the Dogies.

“I like the ring to it,” said Michael of the two four-time state champion brothers being listed on the Bison wrestling roster.

“I’m very excited; especially to get in there and start working,” Michael, who was 191-9 in high school with 138 pins, said.

“I’m glad to be a Bison.”

Scott Weber, Michael’s father and coach at Forsyth High, said that he made a couple of trips to Fargo this past year to watch Luke wrestle. He is excited for the opportunities that await his son at NDSU, saying, Michael “wants to be an orthopedic surgeon and the classes are what he needs.”

“We are a close-knit family,” Scott Weber said. “He’ll get to wrestle with Luke. We’ll be able to go watch those guys wrestle on the weekends.”

Scott Weber said he’d flown to watch his other two boys, Brandon and Matt, wrestle for Montana State-Northern and might explore that option again.

“I would like to see if we couldn’t somehow start flying,” said Scott of making the trip to Fargo to cheer on Michael and Luke.

Michael said it was during his freshman year in Virginia Beach, Virginia, at the National High School Coaches Association Nationals that he began thinking he could wrestle at the Division I level.

Then, in 2017 he claimed the Triple Crown of wrestling, starting with the sophomore 138-pound division bracket at the National High School Coaches Association Nationals. Michel Weber then added the USAW Folkstyle Nationals title in Cedar Falls, Iowa, in the cadet 145-pound division and Reno (Nevada) Worlds 15-and-under 135-pound bracket to the collection.

“Then, my sophomore year I had a really good year and started talking to coaches and realized I wanted to wrestle D-I,” Weber recalled.

Weber said he also had interest from Campbell University (North Carolina), some D-II schools and Montana State-Northern, but he was sold after the visit to Fargo.

“When I was up there I was able to watch them wrestle,” he said. “They had a dual that night and it was exciting and fun to watch. I got to watch their practices and sat down and talked to coach (Roger) Kish. “He is very knowledgeable about wrestling. It felt like the right move and the right place to be.”

Now that Weber has made a decision as to where he’ll attend school, he is ready to enjoy the rest of his senior year at Forsyth.

“It’s nice to know where you are going,” he said. “I’ve been sitting here and searching and thinking and definitely found the right place.”

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