JAY DAVIS: Tigers wrestle on home mats on Tuesday

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The Tiger wrestling team is rounding into pretty good shape just in time for this season’s only home matches.

Fresh off their fourth-place finish at the Big-Dakota Monster in Lyman, the Tigers are starting to show their talents as a pretty good wrestling team.

Starting tomorrow in Faulkton, the Tigers (who have been entrenched in tournament wrestling) will get to wrestle nine duals over the next eight days

“We couldn’t have asked for a better tournament heading into the duals,” said coach Spencer Novotny. “Everyone knows we have good kids here and there, but at times wrestling can be a team sport.”

This run of duals is when team wrestling becomes a part of the strategy. While each wrestler still has to do his thing, and do it all by himself, it is the final team score that provides the winner of the dual.

Novotny has one key goal for his Tigers as they shoot for a clean sweep in the dual competition.

“If we don’t get pinned, we shouldn’t lose a dual,” said Novotny.

Three Tigers are ranked in the latest Class B rankings provided by Dakota Grappler.

Collin Jensen is ranked first in state at 220 pounds after reeling off 17 straight wins. Pay attention if someone is willing to take the mat against Jensen. His matches haven’t been taking up much time lately. He only wrestled three minutes and 19 seconds in four matches at Lyman.

Lucas Martin is ranked ninth at 160 pounds and Brady Spiry is ranked ninth at 192 pounds.

Along with the top Tigers, four more Tigers have winning records and some of the youngsters are looking ready to start making a run.

Novotny said that the progression of the young kids improving and wrestling well and the veterans beating people, and beating people who are ranked higher, is a key for the Tigers as they head into dual competition.

If they continue on that line, we’ll get to see Tiger dominance on Tuesday.

Be there or be square.

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