JAY DAVIS: Wrestlers are peaking at just the right time
Every season has its peaks and valleys. When the postseason comes around, one can only hope that the team is on a high peak and ready for anyone.
The Tiger wrestlers are looking like a team getting close to that peak. With a strong showing at the Lee Wolf Invitational, our upper echelon wrestlers look like they are getting in tune for the postseason run. With a successful showing at the Big Dakota this weekend, the grappling Tigers will be ready to take on the district and region competitors and earn their spots on the mats at the State B Tournament.
All eyes will be on 220-pounder Collin Jensen. The Tiger senior has run his record to 29-0, and done so by beating some of the best wrestlers in South Dakota and taking it to two of the top North Dakota 220-pounders.
The Lee Wolf was a much-needed tourney for Jensen. He had not gone six minutes since Linton on Dec. 17. A guy can practice and train forever, but there is no training for six minutes of wrestling, than, well, six minutes of wrestling.
Fellow seniors Lucas Martin and Camerin Davis showed some of their best wrestling of the season while placing fifth and seventh, respectively. Sutton Sandquist, the fourth senior on the squad, did not place, but wrestled the kind of matches that showed he has his game on pace and is ready for his run at state.
If the underclassmen follow suit, the Tigers could be geared for a whole lot of success at the District 8B Tournament in Buffalo on Feb. 11.
Unchained success there would be especially cool, because that would mean the mats are full of Tigers for the Region 4B Tournament, which will be right here at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Feb. 18.