Schoenhard wins Stanley County title
By Jay Davis
After missing last season due to injury, sophomore Chase Schoenhard celebrated his return to wrestling by taking first place at 192 pounds at the Stanley County Invitational on Saturday.
Schoenhard was not the only newcomer to enjoy some opening weekend success as eight of the 11 Tigers placed in the tournament.
“We wrestled pretty well,” said coach Spencer Novotny, “being so young, we had a lot of kids place.”
Many had to come through the loser’s bracket after drawing top seeds in the early rounds.
“We got put in some bad positions because of seeds,” said Novotny. “But we wrestled pretty well against some good wrestlers.”
Schoenhard won his title at 195 pounds, winning three straight matches. His big win came in the semifinals. Schoenhard and Kacie Herrig of Spearfish/Lead-Deadwood were deadlocked at 3-3 with just two seconds left and Schoenhard on his table for a referee’s start. The match looked headed for overtime before Schoenhard pulled off a quick escape and earned the winning point as time expired. The title match was not as dramatic as Schoenhard pinned Seth Novak of Todd County at 1:11.
Two Tigers made splashes at 182 pounds where David Jensen took second and Teddy Lopez took fourth.
Jensen went through his teammate to get to the championship. After pinning Gabe Grassrope of Lyman and winning a 6-3 match over Brody Boes of Burke-Gregory, Jensen battled to a 10-4 win over Lopez. His title hopes were dashed when he got caught by a single-leg takedown and was pinned by Dalton McCollam of Bennett County.
Lopez opened by pinning Luke McFarland of Spearfish/Lead-Deadwood before falling to Jensen in the semis. He fought back to pin Tanner McCloskey of Todd County, but got caught and pinned by McFarland in the third-place match.
The rest of the Tigers had to fight their way back to the medals rounds. Bray Harrison, Jaden Madison, Jordan Feist and Connor Stoick finished seventh and Austin Borah finished eighth.
Harrison took seventh with a pin at 2:56 over Bleau Hoge of Lemmon-McIntosh. Jaden Madison won his seventh-place match with a pin at 1:56 over Thane Allen of Todd County. Jordan Feist took seventh with a quick 27-second pin over Haydeon Schelski of Lyman. Stoick earned his first on-mat victory (first win was a forfeit) by battling past Tucker Jones of Stanley County in an 11-7 match. Borah was pinned by Kyler Schmidt of Spearfish/Lead-Deadwood in the seventh-place match. His most important win was a 38-second pin over Gabe Garrigan of Sully Buttes in the losers’ bracket.
The Tigers will compete in the Faulkton Invitational on Saturday with wrestling starting at 10 a.m.
“We usually do pretty well in Faulkton,” said Novotny. “We’ll see how the kids respond.”
The Tigers are using the week to get better and learn from their bouts in Ft. Pierre.
“We’ve got a lot of things we’re working on and implementing this week,” said Novotny.
Novotny added that seniors Brady Spiry and Jayson Van Vugt will be back in action this week and every wrestler will be in a little better shape.
“We lost a couple matches in the third quarter, but we’re close to getting in shape,” said Novotny. “It’s taking a little longer. With all the new guys we have to take baby steps.”
Stanley County Invitational
Team Scores: Burke-Gregory 223.5, Spearfish/Lead-Deadwood 217.5, Bennett County 181.5, Stanley County 170, Potter County 155, Todd County 103, Newell 101, Mobridge-Pollock 77, Lyman 77, Lemmon-McIntosh 72, Stanley County JV 54, Spearfish/Lead-Deadwood JV 44, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte/Dupree 32.5, Sully Buttes 30, Burke-Gregory JV 21, Mobridge-Pollock JV 16, Lemmon-McIntosh JV 13, Bennett County JV 11, Newell JV 9, Todd County JV 5, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte/Dupree JV 3.
113: Bray Harrison (2-2) seventh place: was pinned by Tyler Kaiser, Spearfish/Lead-Deadwood JV, at 1:32; pinned Phillip Vetter, Potter County, at 3:52; was defeated by Triv Vosika, Burke-Gregory, 4-2; pinned Bleau Hoge, Lemmon-McIntosh, at 2:56.
120: Jaden Madison (2-2) seventh place: was defeated by Hudson Pearman, Todd County, 5-3; pinned Austin Whiley, Sully Buttes, at 205: was defeated by Lukas Chase, Stanley County, 12-3; pinned Thane Allen, Todd County JV, at 1:56.
132: Brian Merkel (0-2): was pinned by Jesse Wheeler, Potter County, at 3:13; was defeated by Matt Neitzle, Burke-Gregory JV, 14-2.
138: Jordan Feist (2-2) seventh place: was defeated by Sean Warnock, Spearfish/Lead-Deadwood, 6-1; defeated Phillip Gilliland, Sully Buttes, 11-7; was pinned by Noah Beck, Burke-Gregory, at :42; pinned Haydeon Schelski, Lyman, at :27.
145: Killian Warner (0-2): was pinned by Derek Stukel, Burke-Gregory, at 1:18; was pinned by Brady McManus, Lyman, at 2:14.
152: Connor Stoick (2-2) seventh place: was pinned by Brandon Warnke, Burke-Gregory, at 2:28; won by forfeit; was pinned by Dawsin Jones, Stanley County, at :45; defeated Tucker Jones, Stanley County JV, 11-7.
160: Austin Borah (2-3) eighth place: was pinned by Kyler Schmidt, Spearfish/Lead-Deadwood, at 4:50; pinned Marcus Harris, Bennett County JV, at 1:13; pinned Gabe Garrigan, Sully Buttes, at :38; was pinned by Cole Schelske, Lyman, at 2:51; was pinned by Schmidt, at 3:42.
182: David Jensen (3-1) second place: pinned Gabe Grassrope, Lyman, at :39; defeated Brody Boes, Burke-Gregory, 6-3; defeated Teddy Lopez, Mobridge-Pollock JV, 10-4; was pinned by Dalton McCollam, Bennett County, at 1:21.
182 JV: Teddy Lopez (2-2) fourth place: pinned Luke McFarland, Spearfish/Lead-Deadwood, at 4:18; was defeated by David Jensen, Mobridge-Pollock, 10-4; pinned Tanner McCloskey, Todd County, at 4:50; was pinned by McFarland, at :39.
195: Chase Schoenhard (3-0) first place: pinned Matt Boyle, Lyman, at 3:12; defeated Kacie Herrig, Spearfish/Lead-Deadwood, 4-3; pinned Seth Novak, Todd County, at 1:11.
285: Brett Lang (0-2): was pinned by Nate Rotert, Spearfish/Lead-Deadwood, at 2:12; was pinned by Jerimiah Harmon, Spearfish/Lead-Deadwood, 2:19.