Chase Schoenhard wins Region 4B championship
By Jay Davis
Chase Schoenhard won the 220-pound championship at the Region 4B Wrestling Tournament in Rapid City on Saturday. He leads a three-man Tiger team to state. David Jensen took third at 195 and Isaac Olson took fourth at 120.
After disposing of J.R. Belford of Potter County and Todd VanderMay of Bennett County with first-period pins, Schoenhard ran into third-ranked Logan Ammons of Philip Area.
Ammons beat Schoenhard 7-4 in the Winner Tournament one month ago, but this time would be different as Schoenhard controlled the mat and beat Ammons 10-6.
“I think wrestling Ammons before really helped,” said coach Spencer Novotny. “He wrestled a lot better on his feet, and he had to because Ammons is a true 220-pounder. Chase wrestled extremely well.”
With the region title under his belt, Schoenhard will be one of four top seeds at the State B Wrestling Tournament in Aberdeen on Friday and Saturday. He will open against 21-14 Justin Obaniana of Warner/Northwestern. Schoenhard has not wrestled Obaniana this season, but has seen him plenty. Three of Obaniana’s losses this season came against Brett Lang.
While Novotny knows that in winning the region title, Schoenhard helped himself with the draw, he does not believe it matters much to Schoenhard.
“He’s a kid who just wants to win a match. He doesn’t care who it is or where it is,” said Novotny. “He knows what’s expected and he knows what it will take.”
Jensen finished third after dropping a 5-3 match to Herman Fennell III of Stanley County in the semifinals. It was a match that came down to the final seconds before Fennell eked out the win to advance to the finals.
Before that match, Jensen had first-period pins over Jon Hansen of St. Thomas More and Jordan Trujillo of Potter County. After the loss he took his frustration out with a pin at 3:24 over Gavin DeVries of Philip Area before winning a 20-4 technical fall over David Sigdestad of Custer in the third-place match.
“David wrestled really well,” said Novotny. “He was behind Fennell and had to shoot late. His shot drew a stalling call on Fennell, but it also spread him out too much and Fennell spun around for the winning points.”
Entering state as a three seed, Jensen will face a tough customer right away in 30-5 Trevor Lensing of Wagner. Lensing was the 170-pound runner-up at last year’s state tournament.
“It’s a tough draw, but we have to beat these kids to accomplish our goals,” said Novotny. “We just have to start beating them a little earlier is all.”
Olson won three of five matches to earn fourth at 120 pounds and earn his state tournament debut as a seventh-grader.
After setting his chance to qualify with a 17-8 win over Blake Anderson of Sully Buttes and a 6-4 win over Jack Whaley of Stanley County, Olson was pinned by eventual region champ Jordan Jessop of Lyman. To earn his trip to state, he won a rematch with Anderson 17-6. The third-place match was another rematch. It ended with the same 6-4 score, but this time Whaley beat Olson.
“Beating Whaley the first time was a big win,” said Novotny. “After Isaac was qualified, well, the Stanley County kid got him on that one.”
As a fourth seed, Olson will have to square off against number one seed Devin Stork of Canton, who enters state at 29-6.
Novotny thinks this is a case where Olson not seeing these kids before, or them seeing him, could be an advantage.
“You’re going to seen an aggressive Isaac,” said Novotny.
The State B Wrestling Tournament starts at 10 a.m. on Friday at the Barnett Center in Aberdeen.
“We want to do more than just qualify and make it there,” said Novotny. “We’re at the dance, now we want to dance a little while too.”
Four more Tigers earned wins and nearly qualified for state. Nathan Bauer won three matches at 126 pounds, Quentin Fish won two matches at 285 pounds, while Jaden Shepherd at 113 pounds and Bray Harrison at 132 won one match each. Due to numbers differences in the weight classes, each wrestler was one match from making the finals.
“I’m very proud of the way the team wrestled,” said Novotny. “I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
Region 4B Wrestling Tournament
Team Points: Philip Area 230.5, Stanley County 199, Hot Springs 116.5, Bennett County 114.5, Lemmon-McIntosh 96, Custer 95, Mobridge-Pollock 73.5, Potter County 72, Lyman 43, Sully Buttes 42, Harding County 35, Hill City 30.5, Lead-Deadwood 13, Newell 13, St. Thomas More 12, Red Cloud 6.
106: Justin Nobles (7-25): was pinned by Luke Heninger, Stanley County, 2:32; was pinned by Morgan Harkless, Hot Springs, 1:47.
113: Jaden Shepherd (15-17): was pinned by Keagan Fitch, Philip Area, 2:54; defeated Chance Stuwe, Potter County, 4-2; was defeated by Micah Grace, Custer, 7-4.
120: Isaac Olson (20-16) fourth place: defeated Blake Anderson, Sully Buttes, major decision 17-8; defeated Jack Whaley, Stanley County, 6-4; was pinned by Jordan Jessop, Lyman, 1:51; defeated Anderson, major decision, 17-6; was defeated by Whaley, 6-4.
126: Nathan Bauer (13-15): defeated Corten Dobesh, St. Thomas More, 7-4; was defeated by Blake Jensen, Custer, 4-3 OT; defeated Colton Rodensleben, Lead-Deadwood, major decision 41-2; pinned Yoshiki Ueda, Red Cloud, 4:36; was pinned by Chad Whitley, Stanley County, 3:45.
132: Brady Harrison (23-27): was pinned by Daniel Slama, Stanley County, defeated Adam Hahn, Bennett County, 9-4; pinned Josh Twiss, Red Cloud, 1:48; was pinned by Slama, 1:40.
138: Stone Jensen (6-19): was defeated by Garrett Rausch, Potter County, technical fall 15-0; was pinned by Austin Wiley, Sully Buttes, 4:42.
152: Killian Warner (3-35):was pinned by Lane Blasius, Philip Area, 1:57; was defeated by Jesse Wheeler, Potter County, 7-4.
170: Dalton Martian (19-24): was defeated by Casey Heninger, Stanley County, 10-3; was defeated by Brad Hahn, Bennett County, 4-3.
182: Joseph Avalos (9-27): was pinned by James Nelson, Bennett County, :31; was defeated by Grady Carley, Philip Area, major decision, 9-0.
195: David Jensen (19-3) third place: pinned Jon Hansen, St. Thomas More, 1:17; pinned Jordan Trujillo, Potter County, :41; was defeated by Herman Fennell III, Stanley County, 5-3; pinned Gavin DeVries, Philip Area, 3:28; defeated David Sigdestad, Custer, technical fall 20-4.
220: Chase Schoenhard (39-6) first place: pinned J.R. Belford, Potter County, :54; pinned Todd VanderMay, Bennett County, 1:15; defeated Logan Ammons, Philip Area, 10-6.
285: Quentin Fish (4-19): was pinned by Brody Peterson, Lemmon-McIntosh, 2:45; pinned Cordell Ring, Sully Buttes, 2:04; defeated Pedro Martinez, Red Cloud, 3-1; was pinned by Trevor Gress, Harding County, 3:54.