Schoenhard wins Mid-Dakota Monster
By Jay Davis
Chase Schoenhard had the biggest weekend of his career taking first place at the Mid-Dakota Monster in Presho on Saturday. Brett Lang earned a place on the medal stand, taking seventh at 220 pounds.
“This is probably the toughest tournament we go to all season,” said coach Spencer Novotny. “You know it’s tough when kids are winning three matches and still not placing.”
While not getting any pins, Schoenhard won big matches over some highly-ranked wrestlers.
“He wrestled really well,” said Novotny. “The O’Neil kid is the defending Nebraska state champ.”
Schoenhard opened his run at the 195-pound title with a 12-4 win over Kole Nordquist of Beresford. He then beat Tyler Masat of Redfield-Doland 3-1. After putting away Spencer Knopp of O’Neil 11-4, he beat Reece Jensen of Harding County 9-3 for the championship.
Schoenhard is ranked fourth in Class B, while Jensen is ranked fifth and Masat 10th.
Lang went 4-2 with both losses to ranked wrestlers.
“Brett is wrestling aggressive,” said Novotny. “He’s going after takedowns.”
Lang opened with quick pins over Clancey Clifford of Red Cloud and Geoffrey Devries of Philip Area, but ran into fourth-ranked Logan Ammons of Philip Area in the semis and was pinned. He bounced back with pin over Pedro Martinez of Red Cloud before running into eighth-ranked Garret Clark of Lemmon. Lang went face-to-face with Clark but lost 2-1.
“Clark pinned us previously,” said Novotny. “We just couldn’t get the takedown at the end.”
Lang finished his weekend off by pinning Justine Obaniana of Warner-Northwestern at 4:51.
While they did not make the finals and earn hardware, the rest of the Tigers wrestled well, combining for a 19-22 record. Of the 22 losses, 10 came to wrestlers who placed in the tournament. Jaden Madison and Nathan Bauer went 3-2. Justin Nobles, Jaden Shepherd, Isaac Olson, Bray Harrison, Dalton Martian and Quentin Fish went 2-2. Andrea Murri went 1-2, while Stone Jensen and Killian Warner suffered 0-2 tournaments.
“I was upset after the first day when we lost six matches in the placing round,” said Novotny. “But looking back, we wrestled well. The youngsters are coming along. We’re getting close, very close.”
The Tigers will host their lone home match on Tuesday when Lemmon, Stanley County and Ipswich-Leola come to the Bridge City.
The Tigers have a lot to do before that. On Thursday they head to Faulkton to wrestle against Faulkton Area, Miller/Highmore-Harrold and Ipswich-Leola. Saturday the Tigers will compete in the Battler Tournament in Gettsyburg.
“We get to see some kids we lost to early in the season,” said Notovny. “We have a chance to redeem ourselves.”
Team Scores: Philip Area 268, Winner 218.5, Beresford 214, O’Neil, Neb., 182, Stanley County 169.5, Rapid City Central 126, Spearfish 116.5, Redfield-Doland 105, Lemmon-McIntosh 95, Bennett County 94.5, Potter County 92.5, Todd County 88, Mobridge-Pollock 85, Custer 77.5, Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes 68.5, Lyman 62, Sunshine Bible Academy 61, Hill City 45, Harding County 41.5, Pine Ridge 38, Kingsbury County 34, Lower Brule 31, Warner-Northwestern 31, Newell 28, St. Thomas More 23, Little Wound 13, Red Cloud 8, McLaughlin 3, Lead-Deadwood 0.
106: Justin Nobles (4-12): won by forfeit; was pinned by Luke Heninger, Stanley County, 3:06; pinned Dustin Stainbrook, Kingsbury County, 3:55; was defeated by J.D. Carter, Stanley County, 6-4 OT.
106 non-scorer: Jaden Shepherd (3-3): was defeated by Carl Cronin, Potter County, tech fall 19-2; pinned Trey Fortin, Warner-Northwestern, 5:32; pinned Kurtis Mooney, Bennett County, :52; was defeated by Ty Namanny, Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes, major decision 8-0.
120: Isaac Olson (4-3): pinned Patrick Hallenbeck, Warner-Northwestern, :56; pinned Tyler Hughes, Custer, 2:53; was defeated by Dion Nemec, O’Neil, 12-5; was defeated by Blake Anderson, Rapid City Central, 6-3.
126: Jaden Madison (14-12): was defeated by Deion Beardemphl, Redfield-Doland, 6-5; won by forfeit; pinned Thayne Allen, Todd County, 3:40; defeated Bleau Hoger, Lemmon-McIntosh, major decision 16-4; was defeated by Dalton Gerbracht, Sunshine Bible Academy, major decision 10-2.
126 non-scorer: Nathan Bauer (3-3): was pinned by Nick Casperson, Beresford, 3:15; pinned Tristen Ferguson, Little Wound, 5:30; pinned Levi Mines, Custer, 4:39; defeated Ryan Habeck, Stanley County, major decision 13-0; was defeated by Deion Beardemphl, Redfield-Doland, 6-0.
132: Bray Harrison (10-12): pinned Adam Hahn, Bennett County, 1:40; was pinned by Justin Haneke, Beresford, 2:45; pinned Ryan Krump, St. Thomas More, 2:22; was pinned by Shane Phillips, Pine Ridge, 2:30.
138: Stone Jensen (1-3): was pinned by Michael Scott, Stanley County, 3:22; was defeated by Jordan Brinson, Spearfish, 9-2.
152: Killian Warner (3-14): was defeated by Brady McManus, Lyman, 4-1; was pinned by Jake Whiting, Todd County, 2:14.
160: Andrea Murri (4-5): was pinned by Chase Harmon, Spearfish, 2:43; pinned Stephan Dixon, Pine Ridge, 1:57; was defeated by Colton Colombe, Lower Brule, 10-8.
182: Dalton Martian (9-10): was defeated by Clayton Wahlstrom, Custer, tech fall 16-0; pinned Dalton Obago, Lower Brule, 2:23; pinned Cohl Turnquist, Winner, 2:32; was defeated by Grady Carley, Philip Area, 4-0.
195: Chase Schoenhard, first place (16-3): defeated Kole Nordquist, Beresford, 12-4; defeated Tyler Masat, Redfield-Doland, 3-1; defeated Spencer Knopp, O’Neil, 11-4; defeated Reece Jensen, Harding County, 9-3.
220: Brett Lang, seventh place (14-8): pinned Clancey Clifford, Red Cloud, :19; pinned Geoffrey Devries, Philip Area, :30; was pinned by Logan Ammons, Philip Area, 1:09; pinned Pedro Martinez, Red Cloud, 2:59; was defeated by Garrett Clark, Lemmon-McIntosh, 2-1; pinned Justine Obaniana, Warner-Northwestern, 4:51.
285: Quentin Fish (2-8): was pinned by Trevor Gress, Harding County, :37; won by forfeit; pinned Benton Black Bear, Todd County, 2:13; was pinned by Austin Moore, Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes, 2:11.