Postseason starts with Region 4B in Rapid City
By Jay Davis
The regular season is in the books and postseason is upon the Tiger wrestling team. Mobridge-Pollock will compete in the Region 4B Wrestling Tournament on Saturday at 9 a.m. in the Ice Arena at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City.
“The kids are getting hungry. They’re getting tired of practice,” said coach Spencer Novotny. “When they are going live, you can tell they are ready.”
Novotny said that after a week off, his Tigers are as healthy as they are going to be. Senior Jayson Van Vugt, who injured a foot at Winner, is back on the mats and will compete at the region.
The seeding meeting will not be held until all coaches can convene in Rapid City on Friday evening, so first-round matchups cannot be announced.
Novotny said his wrestlers know who their competition is and who they will have to beat if they want to compete in the State B Wrestling Tournament in Aberdeen on Feb. 22 and 23.
“If we have a strong weekend, we could get as many six advancing,” said Novotny.
Here are the Tiger wrestlers’ records heading into the region: 113: Bray Harrison, 17-21; 120: Jaden Madison, 17-20; 138: Jordan Feist, 8-22; 145: Killian Warner, 5-27; 152: Grant Brewer, 6-17; 160: Austin Borah, 17-20; 170: Jayson Van Vugt, 9-10; 182: David Jensen, 22-9; 195: Chase Schoenhard, 25-8; 220: Brady Spiry, 23-5; 285: Brett Lang 12-14.
The Tigers will be competing against Bennett County, Custer, Harding County, Hill City, Hot Springs, Lemmon-McIntosh, Newell, Philip Area, Potter County, Red Cloud, St. Thomas More, Stanley County and Sully Buttes.
Here is a rundown of the rated wrestlers in each of the weight classes the Tigers are competing. At 113 pounds, Rance Johnson of Philip is ranked eighth, Josh Simunek of Hot Springs 10th and Cole Thuress of St. Thomas More 12th. At 120 pounds, Dominick Schooler of Hill City is ranked sixth and Patrick Wilson of Lemmon-McIntosh is ranked 12th. At 138 pounds, Sam Ireland of Bennett County is ranked seventh, Jace Everson of Potter County is ranked 10th, Cooper Carter of Stanley County is ranked 11th and Jacob Oberpriller of Hot Springs is ranked 12th. At 145 pounds, Seth McCann of Newell is ranked fourth, Wyatt Harrowa of Stanley County sixth and Jacob DeSersa of Hot Springs 10th. At 160 pounds, Chandler Sundbeck of Philip is ranked fourth, Jared Harkless of Hot Springs fifth and Dakota McTaggert of Newell sixth. At 170 pounds, Clayton Wahlstrom of Custer is ranked first in state, Clint Everett Stout of Philip sixth and Mario Lupercio of Hill City 12th. At 182 pounds, Dalton McCollam of Bennett County is ranked second, Chance Knutson of Philip fifth, Reece Jensen of Harding County eighth and Clay Siedler of Custer 10th. At 195 pounds, Schoenhard is ranked 11th, Witt Dobesh of St. Thomas More is ranked second and Logan Ammans of Philip is ranked eighth. Spiry is ranked fifth at 220 pounds and Brody Peterson of Lemmon-McIntosh is ranked second. At 285 pounds, Tate Gress of Harding County is ranked fifth, Sawyer Rous of Bennett County seventh, Cade Larson of Stanley County ninth and Garrett Clark of Lemmon-McIntosh 10th.