Austin Borah takes third in Groton
By Jay Davis
Austin Borah grappled to third place at 160 pounds at the Groton Lions Tournament on Saturday.
“Austin lost a squeaker in the semis,” said coach Spencer Novotny. “As far as I’m concerned that was the championship match.”
Borah came out smoking with first-period pins over Seth Strong of Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm and Malvin Keoke of Tiospa Zina. He lost a 4-1 match to Baily Schoenfelder of Huron JV in the semifinals where the Huron wrestler’s third-period reversal was the deciding points. Borah used a pair of takedowns to beat Grayson McCranie of Groton Area 6-3 in the wrestlebacks and built up a 10-0 lead before sticking Rob Wiley of Webster Area at 1:57 in the third-place match. Schoenfelder won the title with a 1:27 pin in the championship.
The rest of the team struggled, but fought hard in losing efforts.
“The kids had a good tournament,” said Novotny. “They worked hard.”
Keagan Pearman had the team’s only other win. The seventh-grader earned his first varsity win by pinning Tanner Peck of Warner-Northwestern at 1:29.
Groton Lions Tournament
Team points: Watertown JV 222, Groton Area 193, Canton JV 150.5, Britton-Hecla 115, Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm 75, Webster Area 72, Clark-Willow Lake 48, Sioux Falls O’Gorman JV 31, Mobridge-Pollock 22, Tiospa Zina 8.
106: Jaden Shepherd: was defeated by Jamie VanoverShelde. Sioux Falls O’Gorman JV, 96; was defeated by Tigh Hight, Sioux Falls O’Gorman JV, 7-6.
106: Keagan Pearman: was pinned by Kolby Hawkins, Groton Area, :32; pinned Tanner Peck, Warner-Northwestern, 1:39; was defeated by Jamie VanoverShelde, Sioux Falls O’Gorman JV, 9-3.
126: Nathan Bauer: was pinned by Brookston Mathern, Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm, 4:22; was pinned by Thomas Woods, Canton JV, 1:59.
132: Stone Jensen: was pinned by Ben Boyko, Britton-Hecla, :25; was pinned by Kier Currier, Sioux Falls O’Gorman JV, :54.
145: Killian Warner: defeated Peyton Smith, Canton JV, 3-1; was pinned by Andy Neiman, Watertown JV, :20; was pinned by Colton Koslowski, Webster Area, 4:41.
152: Grant Brewer: was pinned by Jake Ablett, Canton JV, 2:22; was defeated by Connor McClemans, Watertown JV, 7-6.
160: Austin Borah, third place: pinned Seth Strong, Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm, :21; pinned Malvin Keoke, Tiospa Zina, 1:23; was defeated by Baily Schoenfelder, Huron JV, 4-1; defeated Grayson McCranie, Groton Area, 6-3; pinned Rob Wiley, Webster Area, 1:57.