JAY DAVIS: Gym will be filled with top-notch grapplers

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The western half of the South Dakota wrestling world will be converging on Mobridge-Pollock High this weekend for the Region 4B Wrestling Tournament. This is a don’t-miss moment, folks.

We home fans can enjoy a lot of Tiger wrestling as nine of our boys will be on the mats. Some will be defending their right to compete at state, while others will be hoping to pull off an upset and earn an unexpected trip to Rapid City next week.

All eyes will be on Collin Jensen as he works on continued perfection and completing his journey to the state championship at 220 pounds. While Jensen is 38-0 and ranked first in state, he is not the only Tiger listed on the leader board. Fellow seniors Lucas Martin (160) and Sutton Sandquist (138) and junior Brady Spiry (195) are all ranked 11th in state.

There will be a total of 33 ranked wrestlers hitting the mats here Saturday. There are plenty other grapplers to pay attention to.

Here’s your list of ranked wrestlers to check out on Saturday.

106: Nick Donnelly of Philip is ranked third and Dirk Wolf of Lemmon-McIntosh is ranked 12th.

113: Dominic Schooler of Hill City is ranked ninth and Miles Kirk of Custer is ranked 12th.

120: Marshall Swanson of Hill City is ranked eighth.

126: Casey Heninger of Stanley County is ranked sixth, Seth Ireland of Bennett County is ranked seventh and Jacob DeSersa of Hot Springs is ranked eighth.

132: Lane Blasius is ranked sixth.

138: Cole Geditz of Gettysburg is ranked eighth, Dakota McTaggart of Newell is ranked ninth, Wyatt Harrowa of Stanley County is ranked 10th and Sandquist is ranked 11th. Note that all four wrestlers are from District 8B.

145: Seth McCann of Newell is ranked third and Chandler Sudbeck of Philip is ranked 11th.

152: Taygen Schuelke of Newell is ranked fifth, Thomas Tolton of Stanley County is ranked 10th and Clint Everet Stout of Philip is ranked 11th.

160: Brady Harkless of Hot Springs is ranked number one in state, along with Martin at 11th and Clayton Wahlstrom of Custer 12th.

170: Tanner Eiesland of Custer is ranked fourth and Chance Knutson of Philip is ranked fifth.

182: Dalton McCollam of Bennett County is ranked third, Witt Dobesh of St. Thomas More is ranked fifth and Cody LaCompte of Stanley County is ranked seventh.

195: Along with Spirty at 11th, Ryne Baer of Harding County is ranked first in state.

220: Joining top-ranked Jensen, Jess Oliver of Lemmon-McIntosh is ranked seventh.

285: Tate Gress of Harding County is ranked first in state and Brody Peterson of Lemmon-McIntosh is ranked second in state. Anthony Skaleski of St. Thomas More is ranked 12th.

It’s going to be an awesome day, folks! The wrestling starts at 11 a.m. so get there early. Don’t worry, you’ll be home in time for supper (with plenty of wrestling to talk about).

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