BISMARCK, N.D. - The top of the high school sports mountain is a state championship. The Bismarck Demons just won the Dakota Bowl, and this week’s Sports Spotlight is a defending champ on the wrestling mat.
When one sport ends, another begins. That remains the case for Bismarck High senior Chase Dockter. When football season ended, he went straight from the field to the mat.
"It's definitely wild, you know, two pretty different sports. I think the main thing is just mentally recovering," said Dockter.
Dockter ended his senior football season as 1st Team All-State offensive lineman, and as a state champion with the Bismarck Demons.
"This last year for football was definitely a fun one. It was fun going out with that senior class the way we did, but I think right now just need to really put these things behind me and focus on this upcoming season," said Dockter
And that would be wrestling. He's a defending state champion who started the sport when his family moved from Texas to North Dakota.
"I moved here in first grade, and didn't really play any sports, and my parents were kind of friends with the wrestling coaches for the club team, and they used to be neighbors, so they decided to put me in it and I've love it ever since," said Dockter.
Between the different sports, he puts in countless hours to sharpen his skills, and that's something that doesn't go unnoticed.
"Chase, he's always in a good mood, he's always got a smile on his face. You know, Chase has been around me for several years in mat-pac and stuff and I love that kid so much, he's such a good hard worker, probably the hardest worker in this room. You know, he goes after it, and yeah, he's awesome," said Ryan Ripplinger, BHS senior.
And when he's not dedicating his time to perfecting the sport, he's out in the community giving back.
”He's definitely a special athlete, but what he brings to the table is definitely not just athletic skill either, he's a very humble leader. He's donated time to the Special Olympics, last week we had some kids that we lined up an opportunity to help at one of the soup kitchens in town, and he was one of the first ones on board to go down there. Just a really giving kid," said Mark Lards, co-coach of the wrestling team.
He's already given Demons fans a football title and he hopes to the same again this winter for the BHS wrestling fans.
Last spring, Dockter placed third in the shot put.
Dockter and the Demons will be on the mat Friday and Saturday for the Lions Tournament at Mandan Middle School.