Three Tigers place at Lee Wolf tourney
Three Tigers placed at the Lee Wolf Invitational in Aberdeen on Saturday.
Brett Lang led the Tiger contingent with a fifth-place finish at 285 pounds.
“Brett wrestled very well,” said coach Spencer Novotny. “He’s getting a lot more aggressive on his feet.”
Lang had to fight through the loser’s bracket after getting pinned by eventual second-place winner Cody Friese of Redfield-Doland. He got back to the medal rounds by beating Brandon Metz of West Fargo 6-1 and Sam Weisensee of Sioux Falls O’Gorman 2-1. Lang lost a tough 3-0 match to Jacob Siglin of Webster Area (who took third), but came back to claim fifth-place with a 3:38 pin over Zach Ristau of Chamberlain.
“We’re still a little disappointed about where we placed,” said Novotny, “but we’re wrestling Siglin better every time.”
Dropping a pair of matches to a North Dakota wrestler led to Brady Spiry settling for sixth place at 220 pounds. Spiry opened with a pin over Austin Cheney of Chamberlain, but was pinned by Zach Eider of West Fargo the second round. He worked back to the medal rounds by pinning Kyle Blume of Redfield-Doland and Jeremiah Johnson of Huron. Spiry lost a tough 2-1 match to Jack Shuver of Sioux Falls O’Gorman trying to get to the third-place match before Eider beat him 8-0 in the fifth-place match.
“Brady wrestled better, but lost those two matches to the Fargo kid,” said Novotny. “We just couldn’t get it going against O’Gorman.”
Chase Schoenhard finished seventh at 195 pounds. It was not his best performance of the season as Schoenhard went 1-2 for the day. Schoenhard was pinned by Riley Ostbye of Canton and lost a 12-10 match to Matt Schlosser of Aberdeen Roncalli before coming back to beat Brett Christman of Redfield-Doland 9-5 in the seventh-place match.
“Chase has got to get better on his feet,” said Novotny. “Everybody knows he’s a mat wrestler. We’re working on it.”
David Jensen at 182 pounds, Jaden Madison at 120 pounds and Bray Harrison at 113 pounds failed to make the medal rounds.
Jensen went 1-2. He opened with an 18-1 technical fall over Logan Boerner of Winner, but was beaten 10-1 by Mark Meland of Webster Area and pinned by Triston Wirtjes of Watertown.
“David had a tough day,” said Novotny. “He was in a tough weight class.”
Harrison went 1-2. He picked up a pin over Jacob Lacota of Chamberlain in the first round, but was pinned by Reed Cronin of West Fargo and edged 5-3 by Jacob Franek of West Fargo.
“Bray got pinned, but he wrestled well against the number one seed,” said Novotny.
Madison got behind and never caught up in losing two straight matches.
“He spotted too many points,” said Novotny. “You can dig yourself a hole.”
The Tigers will polish off regular season action when they compete in the Big Dakota Conference Tournament in Ft. Pierre on Saturday. Wrestling action starts at 10 a.m. The Tigers should be at full strength with injured wrestlers Jordan Feist and Jayson Van Vugt expected to be back.
Along with regular Big Dakota teams Mobridge-Pollock, Miller/Highmore-Harrold, Stanley County, Winner, Todd County, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte/Dupree and Chamberlain, Groton Area, Parkston, Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes, Potter County, Bennett County, Pine Ridge, Wessington Springs/Woonsocket/Wolsey-Wessington, Little Wound and Red Cloud all competed in last season’s tournament.
Lee Wolf Invitational
Team points: Aberdeen Central 219, West Fargo, N.D., 207, Huron 196, Webster Area 158, Canton 157, Winner 125.5, Watertown 101, Potter County 72, Milbank 71, Chamberlain 45, Redfield-Doland 43, Sioux Falls O’Gorman 37.5, Clark-Willow Lake 27, Aberdeen Roncalli 35.5, Mobridge-Pollock 31.5, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 15, Ipswich-Leola 11.
113: Bray Harrison: pinned Jacob Lacota, UNA Chamberlain, 1:33; was pinned by Reed Cronin, West Fargo, 3:01; was defeated by Jacob Franek, UNA West Fargo, 5-3.
120: Jaden Madison: was defeated by Cameron Biggins, UNA Winner, 6-2; was defeated by Zach Beitzel, Canton, 7-2.
182: David Jensen: defeated Logan Boerner, Winner, technical fall 18-1; was defeated by Mark Meland, Webster Area, 10-1; was pinned by Triston Wirtjes, Watertown, 4:56.
195: Chase Schoenhard (seventh place): was pinned by Riley Ostbye, Canton, 4:43; was defeated by Matt Schlosser, Aberdeen Roncalli, 12-10; defeated Brett Christman, Redfield-Doland, 9-5.
220: Brady Spiry (sixth place): pinned Austin Cheney, Chamberlain, 3:37; was pinned by Zach Eider, West Fargo, 5:38; pinned Kyle Blume, Redfield-Doland, :25; pinned Jeremiah Johnson, Huron, 4:04; was defeated by Jack Schuver, Sioux Fall O’Gorman, 3-2; was defeated by Eider, 8-0.
285: Brett Lang (fifth place): was pinned by Cody Friese, Redfield-Doland, 4:27; defeated Brandon Metz, West Fargo, 6-0; defeated Sam Weisensee, Sioux Falls O’Gorman, 2-1; was defeated Jacob Siglin, Webster Area, 3-0; pinned Zach Ristau, Chamberlain, 3:38.