Schoenhard takes second at Stanley County
By Jay Davis
Led by Chase Schoenhard taking second place, seven Tigers placed at the Stanley County Invitational wrestling tournament in Ft. Pierre on Saturday.
“It was a good start for Chase,” said coach Spencer Novotny. “He did come out slow in the finals. He came back, but it was too late.
Herman Fennell III of Stanley County got off to a fast start and defeated Schoenhard 17-11 in the championship match at 195 pounds.
Schoenhard blew past two opponents on his way to the championship, pinning Kibbie Reynolds of Todd County in the first period and winning a 14-2 major decision over Marcus Heath of Bennett County in the semifinals.
Brett Lang took third at 220 pounds. He opened with a first-period pin over J.R. Belford of Potter County, but was pinned at 5:29 by eventual champion Garrett Clark of Lemmon-McIntosh. Lang battled back to pin Lucas Lantis of Spearfish at 2:26 in the third-place match.
“Brett will be the first to tell you he’s not happy with third place,” said Novotny. “He knows where his competition is.”
Justin Nobles won two of four matches to finish fourth at 113 pounds.
“He was disappointed he got beat twice by the same guy, but he wrestled him a lot better the second time,” said Novotny.
Jackson Bogue of Spearfish pinned Nobles at 1:23 in first round. He pinned Nobles again in the third-place match, but the fight did not end until the 4:06 mark. In between, Nobles picked up a forfeit win before beating Logan Kennedy of Stanley County 8-5.
Dalton Martian opened his season by taking fifth place at 182 pounds.
Novotny was impressed with the freshman, saying, “There are some big boys up there at 182.”
Martian was pinned by Dylan Hills of Sully Buttes (second-place finisher) in his first match, but came back to pin Lanny Langenbau of Lyman in his next match. Martian fell to Skye Soesbe of Burke-Gregory before pinning J.J. Johnson of Spearfish in the fifth-place match.
Jaden Madison finished sixth at 138 pounds. Madison lost a 4-1 decision to Isaiah Partridge of Spearfish in the first round. He beat Philip Vetter of Potter County 6-0 and pinned Riley Thelen of Stanley County to get into medal contention, but was defeated 8-3 by Garrett Rausch of Potter County and pinned by Reed Gray of Lyman.
“Jaden came out slow but came back and wrestled well,” said Novotny.
Bray Harrison wrestled to seventh place at 132 pounds.
“Bray had a good tournament,” said Novotny. “We have to work on our feet. When he was shooting, he was winning.”
Harrison was pinned by Daniel Slama (third-place finisher) of Stanley County in the first round.
He came back with a 13-2 major decision over Josh Gilliland of Sully Buttes before dropping a match to Jordan Jessop of Lyman.
In the seventh-place match, Harrison stuck Cody Clarambeau of Stanley County at 1:55.
Joseph Avalos nabbed seventh place at 170 pounds.
“Joseph is in his first year with us and just his second year of wrestling,” said Novotny. “We have some things to work on but he wrestled well and was aggressive.”
Avalos started with a pin over Galen Boltz of Todd County. He was pinned by Kyle Schmidt of Spearfish, picked up a forfeit win and was pinned by Cameron McManigal of Lyman. In the seventh-place match, Avalos stuck Rhett Fanning of Bennett County at the 2:02 mark.
Killian Warner and Trace Rische at 160 pounds and Quinten Fish at 285 pounds did not place, but Novotny said each wrestler had good points on their first weekend out.
“Killian looked a little nervous his first match, but then came back strong,” said Novotny. “Trace wrestled like a freshman, but he is aggressive and he’ll be okay. Quinten is our first Pollock varsity wrestler. He’ll turn some heads by the end of the year.”
The Tigers had two injured wrestlers miss the first week of action. David Jensen had his knee scoped and will begin rehab soon. Novotny hopes to have Jensen back in early January. Andrea Murri injured an ankle last week. He hopes to be back on the practice mat soon and getting his first live taste of American wrestling next week.
The Tigers finished eighth in team points with 93, but with seven of 10 wrestlers earning medals, Novotny is quite pleased with the effort.
“Overall, I’m happy with the way we wrestled. We have aggressive kids,” said Novotny. “That might be the best we’ve wrestled there.”
The Tigers will compete at the Faulkton Invitational on Saturday. The action starts at 10 a.m.
“We’re in great shape this year so we can focus more on wrestling,” said Novotny. “We’re working on a lot of technique this week.”
Stanley County Invitational
Team Points: Burke-Gregory 253.5, Stanley County 231, Spearfish 214, Potter County 148, Lemmon-McIntosh 125, Bennett County 112.5, Todd County 101, Mobridge-Pollock 93, Lyman 69, Sully Buttes 56, Newell 25.
113: Justin Nobles, fourth place (2-2): was pinned by Jackson Bogue, Spearfish, 1:23; won by forfeit; defeated Logan Kennedy, Stanley County, 8-5; was pinned by Bogue, 4:06.
132: Bray Harrison, seventh place (2-2): was pinned by Daniel Slama, Stanley County, 3:49; defeated Josh Gilliland, Sully Buttes, 13-2 major decision; was pinned by Jordan Jessop, Lyman, 3:31; pinned Cody Clarambeau, Stanley County, 1:55.
138: Jaden Madison, sixth place (3-3): was defeated by Isaiah Partridge, Spearfish, 4-1; won by forfeit; defeated Philip Vetter, Potter County, 6-0; pinned Riley Thelen, Stanley County, 2:40; was defeated by Garrett Rausch, Potter County, 8-3; was pinned by Reed Gray, Lyman, 4:33.
160: Killian Warner (1-2): was pinned by Brady Hicks, Bennett County, 1:48; pinned Damian Hall, Spearfish, 3:25; was pinned by Wayde Wieczorek, Stanley County, 1:56.
160: Trace Rische (0-2): was pinned by Chase Harmon, Spearfish, 1:40; was pinned by Dawson Jones, Stanley County, :53.
170: Joseph Avalos, seventh place (3-2): pinned Galen Boltz, Todd County, 2:35; was pinned by Kyler Schmidt, Spearfish, 1:46; won by forfeit; was pinned by Cameron McManigal, Lyman, 4:56; pinned Rhett Fanning, Bennett County, 2:02.
182: Dalton Martian, fifth place (3-2): won by forfeit; was pinned by Dylan Hill, Sully Buttes, 3:47; pinned Lanny Langenbau, Lyman, 3:53; was pinned by Skye Soesbe, Burke-Gregory, 1:42; pinned J.J. Johnson, Spearfish, 2:17.
195: Chase Schoenhard, second place (2-1): pinned Kibbie Reynolds, Todd County, 1:27; defeated Marcus Heath, Bennett County, 14-2 major decision; was defeated by Herman Fennell III, Stanley County, 17-11.
220: Brett Lang, third place (2-1): pinned J.R. Belford, Potter County, 1:22; was pinned by Garrett Clark, Lemmon-McIntosh, 5:29; pinned Lucas Lantis, Spearfish, 2:26.
285: Quinten Fish (0-2): was pinned by Todd VanderMay, Bennett County, 2:57; was pinned by Jeremiah Harmon, Spearfish, :30.