Grapplers to contend for state berths at 4B tourney on Saturday
By Jay Davis
The Tiger wrestling team lost another teammate at practice, making it three injured grapplers who will be missing when the Tigers compete at the Region 4B Wrestling Tournament in Rapid City on Saturday.
Jaden Madison suffered a broken hand on Monday, joining Brett Lang and Andrea Murri as injured Tigers who had their season cut short.
“Nathan Bauer is going to step in at 126 for Jaden,” said coach Spencer Novotny.
Novotny also said that Joseph Avalos, who had been wrestling at 170 pounds, will compete at 182 pounds this weekend.
The tournament will be held at the Stevens High School gymnasium and can be seen on the Internet at www.stevensraiders.com.
The Tigers will be competing 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.
The Tigers lineup and records heading into the region are: 106, Justin Nobles, 7-25; 113: Jaden Shepherd, 14-15; 120: Isaac Olson, 17-14; 126: Nathan Bauer, 9-13; 132: Bray Harrison, 21-25; 152, Killian Warner, 3-33; 170, Dalton Martian, 19-22; 182, Joseph Avalos, 9-25; 195, David Jen-sen, 15-2; 220, Chase Schoenhard, 36-6; 285, Quentin Fish, 2-17.
The top four finishers in each weight class will advance to the State B Wrestling Tournament at the Barnett Center in Aberdeen on Feb. 28 and March 1.