Three Tigers earn state tourney berths
By Jay Davis
Three Tigers will be competing in the State B Wrestling Tournament after placing in the top four at the Region 4B Wrestling Tournament in Rapid City on Saturday.
Senior Brady Spiry will head to state as a two seed after taking second place at 220 pounds. Sophomores David Jensen and Chase Schoenhard will have to claw through top seeds after taking fourth place at 182 and 195 pounds, respectively.
“Brady wrestled well all day,” said coach Spencer Novotny. “His kid in the semis wrestled ‘not to lose’ and Brady got frustrated a little bit. In the finals he couldn’t get out from under (Brody) Peterson and he can usually get away from anybody.”
Spiry did not mess around in his opener he pinned Cole Hottel of St. Thomas More in 13 seconds. The semifinals match against Gavin Devries of Philip Area was the exact opposite as Spiry had to be patient before gaining a pin with just four seconds left. Brody Peterson, the number one-ranked wrestler in Class B (according to the DD state rankings), got ahead and stayed there, beating Spiry 14-3.
Spiry, 25-6, will wrestle Jimmy Sharkey, a 13-16 sophomore from Winner, in the opening round at state. He is in the opposite bracket of Peterson, but in the same bracket as number two-ranked Brady Reiff of Parkston.
Jensen had to earn his way back to the finals after getting beat in the semifinals. He opened with a 3:39 pin over Mario Lupericio of Hill City, but lost a 15-0 match to number two in state Dalton McCullam of Bennett County. To get to state, Jensen had to beat Casey Seidler of Custer. He got it done with an 8-2 win. Moving up to third was not so easy as Reece Jensen of Harding County got him with a pin at 1:40.
“David probably had his best tournament of the year,” said Novotny. “He looked really good on his feet.”
Jensen, 24-11, will match up against Turner Blasius, a 34-11 fellow sophomore from Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes in the first round.
Schoenhard did not have a match that went six minutes, but the two most important pins went his way. Schoenhard pinned Mitchell Peterson of Hill City at 3:46 in the first round, but was pinned at 1:29 by Logan Ammons of Philip Area in the semis. He came up big with a 1:29 pin over Tyson O’Daniel of Stanley County to punch his ticket to state, but was pinned at 3:58 by Will Dobesh of St. Thomas More in the third-place match.
“Chase had only been pinned twice all year and he was pinned twice on Saturday,” said Novotny. “Hopefully this was his bad weekend.”
Schoenhard, 27-10, starts his state tourney run against Andrew Semmler, a 37-9 junior from Parkston in the first round.”
There was a chance for more. It was close.
“After Brady made the finals we still had five more that had a chance,” said coach Spencer Novotny. “A couple of kids wish they could wrestle that match again, but overall, we wrestled pretty well.”
Bray Harrison, Jordan Feist, Austin Borah and Jayson Van Vugt were all beaten in the match that would have sent them to state and to the match for third and fourth place. Jaden Madison won two matches, but came up two matches short of qualifying for state.
First round action in the State B Wrestling Tournament starts Friday morning at 10 a.m. at the Barnett Center on the campus of Northern State University in Aberdeen.
Region 4B Wrestling Tournament
Team scores: Philip Area 186.5, Bennett County 123.5, Stanley County 117, Hot Springs 106.5, Potter County 99, Custer 83.5, Lemmon 69, Mobridge-Pollock 61, Hill City 56, Newell 50, Sully Buttes 39, Harding County 37, St. Thomas More 24, Red Cloud 14.
113: Bray Harrison (19-23): was defeated by Rance Johnson, Philip Area, major decision 13-2; pinned Cole Thurness, St. Thomas More, 2:13; pinned Jahrett Schiemiemer, :51; was defeated by Brady Hill, Sully Buttes 7-4.
120: Jaden Madison (19-22): pinned Austin Wiley, Sully Buttes, 4:42; was defeated by Garrett Rausch, Potter County, major decision 12-0; pinned Mitchell Stands, Red Cloud, 4:37; was defeated by Westley Greenough, Hot Springs, 7-2.
138: Jordan Feist (8-24): was pinned by Jake Oberpiller, Hot Springs, 1:34; was pinned by Jace Everson, Potter County, 3:56.
145: Killian Warner (5-29): was pinned by Seth McCann, Newell, 1:48; was defeated by David Gaston, Custer, major decision 8-0.
152: Grant Brewer (6-19): was pinned by Brady Hicks, Bennett County, 3:13; was defeated by Cooper Carter, Stanley County, technical fall 18-1.
160: Austin Borah (19-22): was pinned by Jared Harkless, Hot Springs, 1:34; pinned Quinn Lewis, St. Thomas More, 1:37; defeated Francisco Escobar, Hill City, major decision 20-9; was defeated by Brad Hahn, Bennett County, major decision 14-5.
170: Jason Van Vugt (10-12): was pinned by Clint Everett Stout, Philip Area, 3:44; pinned Braydon Peterson, Lemmon-McIntosh, 4:11; was defeated by Lucas Vogel, Potter County, 4-1.
182: David Jensen (24-11) fourth place: pinned Mario Lupericio, Hill City, 3:39; was defeated by Dalton McCullam, Bennett County, technical fall 15-0; defeated Casey Seidler, Custer, 8-2; was pinned by Reece Jensen, Harding County, 1:40.
195: Chase Schoenhard (27-10) fourth place: pinned Mitchell Peterson, Hill City, 3:46; was pinned by Logan Ammons, Philip Area, 1:29; pinned Tyson O’Daniel, Stanley County, 1:29; was pinned by Will Dobesh, St. Thomas More, 3:58.
220: Brady Spiry (25-6): pinned Cole Hottel, St. Thomas More, :13; pinned Gavin Devries, Philip Area, 5:56; was defeated by Brody Peterson, Lemmon-McIntosh, major decision 14-3.
285: Brett Lang (12-16): was pinned by Tate Gress, Harding County, :47; was pinned by Justin Pekron, Hot Springs, 3:46.