Jensen, Schoenhard take second at Big Dakota
By Jay Davis
David Jensen and Chase Schoenhard wrestled to a pair of second-place finishes at the Big Dakota Conference Tournament in Ft. Pierre on Saturday.
Jensen raised his season record to 15-2 in taking second place at 195 pounds. After pinning Kibbie Reynolds of Todd County and Lonn Stadlman of Parkston, Jensen came up against fifth-ranked Herman Fennell III of Stanley County. Jensen scored a takedown late in the third period to secure a 4-2 win. In the championship, he faced off against third-ranked Reece Jensen of Harding County. The Rancher got the takedown and held Jensen off for a 4-1 win.
“We knew going in it was going to be an important weekend for David,” said coach Spencer Novotny. “Getting that last-second takedown against Fennell was huge. But he gave up the takedown and had to play catch-up in the championship. We talk about it all the time in the wrestling room. That first takedown is huge.”
Jensen finishes the regular season ranked fourth at 195 pounds.
Schoenhard advanced with a forfeit win before pinning Kelly Kidwiler of Winner (JV). He went up against fifth-ranked Scott Assman of Winner in the semis. The pair wrestled and wrestled and wrestled until Schoenhard won a 3-2 decision in four overtimes.
“Assman knew what we wanted to do. It was a well-coached match,” said Novotny. “They chose down and Chase had to ride him out for 30 seconds. It was a good match.”
The championship was a different story and number one-ranked and defending state champion Brady Reiff of Parkston made quick work of Schoenhard with a pin at 1:11.
“I don’t think Chase was ready for Reiff,” said Novotny.
At 36-6, Schoenhard is ranked fourth at 220 pounds.
The rest of the team came up short of competing in the medal rounds. Jaden Madison went 2-2 at 126 pounds, while Jesse Nobles at 106, Isaac Olson at 113, Bray Harrison at 132 and Joseph Avalos at 170 had one win each.
The Tigers have the weekend off to prepare for the Region 4B Wrestling Tournament in Rapid City on Feb. 22.
“We’re banged up, but we have time to heal,” said Novotny. “Hopefully, by next weekend we’ll be tired of wrestling each other. It’s a new season. I know it’s cliché, but everybody is 0-0 now.”
The Tigers will be competing for trips to state against Bennett County, Custer, Harding County, Hill City, Hot Springs, Lead-Deadwood, Lemmon-McIntosh, Lyman, McLaughlin, Newell, Philip Area, Potter County, Red Cloud, St. Thomas More, Stanley County and Sully Buttes.
Big Dakota Conference Tournament
Team Scores: Parkston 228, Winner 199, Stanley County 145.5, Miller/Highmore-Harrold 112, Bennett County 109, Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes 65.5, Lyman 64, Potter County 55, Mobridge-Pollock 54.5, Todd County 54, Groton Area 52, Sunshine Bible Academy 46, Pine Ridge 45, Wessington Springs-Woonsocket 39.5, Chamberlain 38, Harding County 35, Wolsey-Wessington 12, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 7, Little Wound 7, McLaughlin 4.
106: Jesse Nobles (7-25): was pinned by Colby Curtis, Winner, 5:00; defeated Jesse McCann, Harding County, 7-2; was defeated by Collin Powell, Chamberlain, 6-4.
113: Jaden Shepherd (14-15): was pinned by Patrick Aeschbacher, Winner, 1:22; was defeated by Connor Bertsch, Miller/Highmore-Harrold, 15-0.
113: Keegan Pearman (2-6): was pinned by Tobias Weddell, Todd County, 5:26; was defeated by Chris Kessler, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte/Dupree, 13-1.
120: Isaac Olson (17-14): was defeated by Luke Smith, Potter County, 11-9; defeated Noah Appel, Sunshine Bible Academy, 17-3; was pinned by Jordan Poignee, Todd County, 1:16.
126: Jaden Madison (31-21): defeated Ryan Habeck, Stanley County, 15-0; pinned Jesse Ybarra, McLaughlin, 2:59; was defeated by Dalton Gerbracht, Sunshine Bible Academy, 10-0; was defeated by Chad Whitley, Stanley County, 10-0.
126: Nathan Bauer (9-13): was pinned by Dalton Gerbracht, Sunshine Bible Academy, 2:32; was defeated by Thayne Allen, Todd County, 20-4.
132: Bray Harrison (21-25): pinned William Johnson, Miller/Highmore-Harrold, 1:52; was defeated by Shane Philips, Pine Ridge, 13-1; was defeated by Jim Bob Ellsworth, Chamberlain, 10-1.
152: Killian Warner (3-33): was pinned by Trigg Clark, Sunshine Bible Academy, 4:41; lost by default to Trinity Brunsen, Wessington-Springs-Woonsocket.
170: Dalton Martian (19-22): was defeated by Jaxson Brueggeman, Miller/Highmore-Harrold, 7-0; was defeated by Brad Hahn, Bennett County, 9-2.
170: Joseph Avalos (9-25): was defeated by Ben Stiegelmeier, Sunshine Bible Academy, 13-2; pinned Jesse Kirsch, Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes, 4:34; was defeated by Cahden Hawrey, Sunshine Bible Academy, 10-8 OT.
195: David Jensen (15-2) second place: pinned Kibbee Reynolds, Todd County, :50; pinned Lonn Stadlman, Parkston, 3:41; defeated Herman Fennell III, Stanley County, 4-2; was defeated by Reece Jensen, Harding County, 4-1.
220: Chase Schoenhard (36-6) second place: won by forfeit; pinned Kelly Kidwiler, Winner, 3:41; defeated Scott Assman, Winner, 3-2 4OT; was pinned by Brady Reiff, Parkston, 1:11.
285: Quentin Fish (2-17): was pinned by Austin Moore, Kimball/White Lake/Platte-
Geddes, 3:50; was pinned by Colton Best, Winner, 1:22.