Tigers crown three district champs
The Tigers crowned three champions while qualifying nine wrestlers at the District 8B Wrestling Tournament in Buffalo on Saturday.With Collin Jensen, Lucas Martin and Jayson Van Vugt winning titles, Teddy Lopez and Brady Spiry taking second and Jake Carmody, Jaden Madison, Sutton Sandquist and Camerin Davis taking fourth, the Tigers finished in third with 113 points. Stanley County won the team title with 137.5 points. Gettysburg was second with 120 points.
Jensen did not mess around in getting his final postseason run started. Jensen pinned Trevor Gress of Harding County at 1:20 and Jess Oliver of Lemmon-McIntosh at 1:18 to win the title at 220 pounds.
“Collin wrestled like a senior,” said coach Spencer Novotny. “He went out and took care of business.”
Martin did not have much work at 160 pounds. There were only three wrestlers in the weight class. Wayde Wieczorek of Stanley County made it to the finals to face Martin. It was not a long match as Martin put Wieczorek away at 1:22.
“Lucas didn’t get a match until the championship, but he’ll have his work cut out for him at regions,” said Novotny. “He showed he’s a senior in his match.”
Van Vugt took advantage of his chance to own a varsity spot by winning the title at 170 pounds. Van Vugt stuck Dillon Nelson of Newell at 5:54 before earning a 4-2 win over Dylan Hill of Sully Buttes 4-2 in the title tilt.
“Jayson wrestled well,” said Novotny. “He showed a little offense and wrestled well on top.”
Teddy Lopez moved up to 182 and came away with a second-place finish. Lopez pinned Joe Zwetig of Newell at 1:32, but was beaten 18-1 by Cody LaCompte of Stanley County in the championship.
“We knew going into the championship that it would be tough,” said Novotny. “Now we know what we need to practice on to beat him at regions.”
Brady Spiry took second at 195 pounds. He opened by beating C.J. Gilliland of Sully Buttes 5-0. He faced Ryne Baer of Harding County in the championship. Class B’s number one ranked 195-pounder pinned Spiry at 1:55.
“Brady wrestled well against Gilliland,” said Novotny. “We wrestled better against Baer too. That was good to see.”
Camerin Davis had a tough go and settled for fourth at 285 pounds. Davis was pinned by Tate Gress of Harding County in the first round. Gress is ranked number one in Class B. He lost a 2-0 decision to Cade Larson of Stanley County in the match for third.
“We hit a bump in the road,” said Novotny. “Hopefully he got that out of the way. I like his draw at regionals.”
Two youngsters moved up a weight class for the district. It worked for Jake Carmody and Jaden Madison as they both advanced with fourth-place finishes.
Carmody took fourth at 113 pounds. His opener was the key as he won a 6-4 overtime match over Chris Zuber of Gettysburg. Carmody lost 15-5 to Lukas Chase of Stanley County in the semifinals before dropping a 10-3 decision to Skyler Leesman of Sully Buttes in the third-place match.
“Jake showed he’s aggressive and can wrestle against the bigger kids,” said Novotny.
Madison took fourth at 120 pounds. Madison stuck Josh Gilliland of Sully Buttes in the first round, but was pinned by Patrick Wilson of Lemmon-McIntosh in the semis. He got into the medal rounds by pinning Jay Poor Bear of Newell. Riley Thelen of Stanley County worked him 20-3 in the third-place match.
“Jaden wrestled completely different than he has all season,” said Novotny. “He was aggressive and went for it.”
The nine remaining Tigers will shoot for berths at the State Bs when they compete in the Region 4B Wrestling Tournament at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Saturday.
“It’s not often you get to wrestle a region in front of your home crowd,” said Novotny. “The seniors will have to lead us. This is the last time they get to wrestle on their home mats.”
The regional is win or go home as the top four placers will qualify to wrestle in the State B Wrestling Tournament in Rapid City on Feb. 24 and 25.
“Fortunately we get to do it in front of the home crowd,” said Novotny.
District 8B Wrestling Tournament
Team Points: Stanley County 137.5, Gettysburg 120, Mobridge-Pollock 113, Newell 103, Lemmon-McIntosh 81, Sully Buttes 58, Harding County 50.
106: Bray Harrison (1-6): was pinned by Dirk Wolf, Lemmon-McIntosh, 2:20; was pinned by Trig Olson, Harding County, 4:27.
113: Jake Carmody (19-25) fourth place: defeated Chris Zuber, Gettysburg, 6-4 OT; was defeated by Lukas Chase, Stanley County, major decision15-5; was defeated by Skyler Leesman, Sully Buttes, 10-3.
120: Jaden Madison (8-24) fourth place: pinned Josh Gilliland, Sully Buttes, 5:10; was pinned by Patrick Wilson, Lemmon-McIntosh, 2:46; pinned Jay Poor Bear, Newell, 3:32; was defeated by Riley Thelen, Stanley County, technical fall 20-3.
138: Sutton Sandquist (33-21) fourth place: was defeated by Cole Geditz, Gettysburg, 3-1; pinned Travis Hall, Sully Buttes, 2:13; was defeated by Wyatt Harrowa, Stanley County, major decision 12-3.
145: Grant Brewer (8-33): was pinned by Austin Haberer, Gettysburg, :50; pinned Andreas Morkinborg, Lemmon-McIntosh, 3:38; was pinned by Reece Jensen, Harding County, 3:23.
152: David Jensen (17-28): was defeated by Luke Vogel, Gettysburg, 3-0; was defeated by Jace Anderson, Sully Buttes, major decision, 15-2.
160: Lucas Martin (44-8) first place: pinned Wayde Wieczorek, Stanley County, 1:22.
170: Jayson Van Vugt (11-8) first place: pinned Dillon Nelson, Newell, 5:54; defeated Dylan Hill, Sully Buttes, 4-2.
182: Teddy Lopez (21-16) second place: pinned Joe Zwetig, Newell, 1:32; was defeated by Cody LaCompte, Stanley County, technical fall 18-1.
195: Brady Spiry (24-14) second place: defeated C.J. Gilliland, Sully Buttes, 5-0; was pinned by Ryne Baer, Harding County, 1:55.
220: Collin Jensen (38-0) first place: pinned Trevor Gress, Harding County, 1:20; pinned Jess Oliver, Lemmon-McIntosh, 1:18.
285: Camerin Davis (16-19): fourth place: was pinned by Tate Gress, Harding County, 2:19; was defeated by Cade Larson, Stanley County, 2-0.