Sports Spotlight: Braun & Schulz

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Many of the big pieces from Century's State Football Championship are now shifting gears into wrestling for the winter.

Seth Braun and Mason Schulz are two of those standout athletes, and they're in this week's Sports Spotlight.

With football in the books, Century's ready to hit the mat.

"It more of an excitement, because we know what we have and we want to improve what we've got," says Jerald Lemar, Century Wrestling Head Coach.

And they've got quite a lot. Ten returning state placers, among them Seth Braun and Mason Schulz. Both key cogs from the football team, the pair headline a group carrying the high of a State Title into the wrestling room.

"When you come off a state championship game for the second year in a row, you bring a whole different confidence level into the room. When you win that state championship and you come into this room, you kind of bring that extra swagger and that kind of rubs off on the other wrestlers, so even the ones that didn't participate in football, that still have the confidence with those guys coming back into the room," says Lemar.

And the goals, are just as lofty.

"It's kind of my goal too to go back-to-back in this also because I won individual last year at 132 pounds, but now I'm going to 138, but it's just adjustments with the sport," says Schulz.

Seth Braun was the heavyweight runner-up, falling to the top seeded wrestler in the State, Brandon Metz. This year, Braun's coming for him.

"We wrestle each other a lot, and I've learned a lot about how he wrestles, and I try to get my partners to mimic that in practice, and I'll try to knock him off the top. Every time I step on the mat, that's my mat and I think I'm going to dominate," says Braun.

For Seth and Mason, wrestling will be their final sport with Century, and they want to end it on a high note.

"There's no better feeling than stepping on top of a podium with all your friends all next to each other and holding up the number ones," says Schulz.

"That would make letting go of high school sports easier, because I know I did everything I could, and we ended up going out on top," says Braun.

The Patriots' first big test is the Mandan Lions this weekend, but they will be without Braun. He'll be taking his official visit to MSU-Moorhead for football. Schulz has already committed there for wrestling.