Nine Tiger wrestlers place at Battler tournament
By Jay Davis
The Tigers won two titles and had seven more wrestlers place at the Battler Wrestling Tournament in Gettysburg on Saturday.
With nine grapplers earning trips to the medal stand, the Tigers finished in fourth place, just 5.5 points behind tourney winners Potter County.
“I’m really happy with how the kids wrestled,” said coach Spencer Novotny. “We were right there.”
Chase Schoenhard continued his strong season by winning the title at 220 pounds. David Jensen, back from injury, captured the title at 195 pounds. Brett Lang took second at 285 pounds. Three Tigers finished third: Isaac Olson at 120 pounds, Jaden Madison at 126 pounds and Dalton Martian at 170 pounds. Finishing fourth were Jaden Shepherd at 112 pounds, Stone Jensen at 138 pounds and Andrea Murri at 160 pounds.
David Jensen won three straight matches in his first full day of wrestling. He got a jumpstart with a forfeit win and then pinned Trevon LaRoche of Lower Brule in 40 seconds. He met up with Tyler Masat of Redfield-Doland in the finals. After trailing 1-0 after two periods, Jensen took over and won a 12-1 major decision.
Schoenhard met Alec Lee of Faulkton Area for the second time in three days in the finals at 220 pounds. The match went to overtime before Schoenhard turned Lee for pin at 6:33. En route to the title match, Schoenhard pinned J.R. Bedford of Potter County and Steven Harrison of Standing Rock.
Lang had just two matches in taking second at 285. He opened with a pin over Kyle Blume of Redfield-Doland, but ran into undefeated Braxton Fuller of Deuel and lost by pin in the title tilt.
Olson lost his second-round match to Devon Sievers of Deuel before bouncing back to beat Noah Appel of Sunshine Bible Academy and then took down Redfield-Doland’s Carter Wegner 10-0 in the third-place match.
Madison had the busiest day of any Tiger. He went 5-1 to capture third place at 126 pounds. After opening with a forfeit win, Madison lost a 2-1 decision to Deion Beardemphl of Redfield-Doland. He rallied back to beat teammate Nathan Bauer, Jess Ybara of McLaughlin and Nick Evangelisto of Warner-Northwestern and a second shot at Beardemphl. Madison got the better of the Redfield-Doland wrestler with a 6-1 win in the third-place match.
Martian won his first two matches, beating Austin Dreyer of Warner-Northwestern and Ben Stiegelmeier of Sunshine Bible Academy. He lost a 6-1 match to Cooper Baloun of Redfield-Doland before pinning Lane Roettele of Warner-Northwestern and beating Matt Holsing of Faulkton Area 9-3 in the third-place match.
Shepherd was beaten by Chris Kessler of Cheyenne-Eagle Butte/Dupree in his first match and the third-place match. In between he beat Trevor Frost and Hunter Wright of Redfield-Doland.
Stone Jensen used wins over Duane Marshall of Cheyenne-Eagle Butte/Dupree and Phil Vetter of Potter County to garner his fourth-place finish.
Murri used a pin over Logan Tulowetzke of Warner-Northwestern to propel his fourth-place finish.
Battler Wrestling Tournament
Team scores: Potter County 148.5, Deuel 145, Redfield-Doland 144, Mobridge-Pollock 143, Faulkton Area 129.5, Sunshine Bible Academy 68, Standing Rock 52, Ipswich-Leola 48, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte/Dupree 33, Lower Brule 29.5, Warner-Northwestern 25, McLaughlin 11.
106: Justin Nobles (6-16): was defeated by Gannon Martinmaas, Faulkton Area, 7-2; pinned Taylor Frost, Potter County, 2:23; was defeated by Jace Burma, Sunshine Bible Academy, 10-4.
113: Jaden Shepherd (6-7) fourth place: was defeated by Chris Kessler, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte/Dupree, 9-8; defeated Trevor Frost, Redfield-Doland, 5-2; defeated Hunter Wright, Redfield-Doland, 7-6; was defeated by Kessler, 13-2.
120: Isaac Olson (10-4) third place: won by forfeit over Teigan Gray, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte/Dupree; was defeated by Devon Sievers, Deuel, 9-5; defeated Noah Appel, Sunshine Bible Academy, 8-2; defeated Carter Wegner, Redfield-Doland, 10-0.
126: Jaden Madison (21-14) third place: won by forfeit over Corbett Colombe, Lower Brule; was defeated by Deion Beardemphl, Redfield-Doland, 2-1; defeated Nathan Bauer, 12-0; pinned Jess Ybarra, McLaughlin, 2:56; defeated Nick Evangelisto, Warner-Northwestern, 4-2; defeated Beardemphl, 6-1.
126: Nathan Bauer (4-6): was pinned by Nick Evangelisto, Warner-Northwestern, 1:07; was defeated by Jaden Madison, 12-0;
132: Bray Harrison (12-16): was pinned by Denver Paul, Sunshine Bible Academy, 3:56; pinned Barrett Nelson, Redfield-Doland, 2:57; was pinned by Brendan Harrison, Standing Rock, 3:26.
138: Stone Jensen (5-6) fourth place: pinned Duane Marshall, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte/Dupree, 2:26; was pinned by Garrett Rausch, Potter County, 1:01; pinned Phil Vetter, Potter County, 4:28; was pinned by Caleb McNeil, Redfield-Doland, 2:17.
152: Killian Warner (3-19): was pinned by Trig Clark, Sunshine Bible Academy, 2:57; was defeated by Jesse Wheeler, Potter County, 8-2.
160: Andrea Murri (5-8) fourth place: pinned Logan Tulowetzke, Warner-Northwestern, 5:27; was defeated by Ryan Yost, Redfield-Doland, 16-6; was pinned by David Paul, Sunshine Bible Academy, 2:35.
170: Dalton Martian (13-13) third place: pinned Austin Dreyer, Warner-Northwestern, 1:24; pinned Ben Stiegelmeier, Sunshine Bible Academy, 3:25; was defeated by Cooper Baloun, Redfield-Doland, 6-1; pinned Lane Roettele, Warner-Northwestern, :37; defeated Matt Holsing, Faulkton Area, 9-3.
182: Joseph Avalos (6-15): was defeated by Preston Shea, Deuel, 14-10; was pinned by Tony Bauman, Redfield-Doland, 2:21.
195: David Jensen (4-0) first place: won by forfeit over Ray Edgar, Faulkton Area, pinned Trevon LaRoche, Lower Brule, :40; defeated Tyler Masat, Redfield-Doland, 12-1.
220: Chase Schoenhard (21-3) first place: pinned J.R. Belford, Potter County, 1:42; pinned Steven Harrison, Standing Rock, :52; pinned Alec Lee, Faulkton Area, 6:33 OT.
285: Brett Lang (16-9) second place: pinned Kyle Blume, Redfield-Doland, 3:59; was pinned by Braxton Fuller, Deuel, 4:11;
285: Quentin Fish (4-10): was pinned by Braxton Fuller, Deuel, :57; won by forfeit over Jade Standing Bear, Standing Rock; was defeated by Kyle Blume, Redfield-Doland, 7-0.