Twelve Bridge City grapplers place at state tourney
By Jay Davis
Twelve Mobridge wrestlers earned their way to the medal stand at the South Dakota Wrestling Coaches Association State Wrestling Tournament in Rapid City over the weekend.
Brookelynn Vogel, the only Bridge City girl in the tournament, led all of the local wrestlers by finishing second in state at Girls Novice 95 pounds. She earned to trip to the finals by pinning Madeline Horse Looking of Crow Creek in 53 seconds, but lost a hard-fought 4-0 match to Kennedi Landis of Colman.
Isaac Olson grappled to third place at Schoolboy 130 pounds. Olson opened by pinning Landon Freeman of Tri-Valley at 1:23 and then won a 12-2 major decision over Jaredon Dosch of Belle Fourche. Olson was beaten 8-2 by Jack Konechne of Garretson in the semifinals. He rallied back to earn a 6-3 decision over Wyatt Larsen of Huron in the consolation semifinals before pinning Jacob Kargaes of Milbank at 2:52 in the third-place match.
Ethan Black Fox earned third place at Novice heavyweight. Black Fox eked out a 2-0 win over Robbie Lester of Deadwood in the first round and then pinned Rhoss Oliver of Gregory at 2:06 in the quarterfinals. Payton Johnson of Groton got the best of Black Fox in the semifinals with a pin at 4:25. He came back with a pair of pins, putting Braden Peters of Flandreau away at 2:33 and then sticking Caleb Brink of Rapid City at 1:36 for third place.
Caden Lenz had to fight back in the wrestlebacks to take third place at Novice 95 pounds. Lenz opened with a pin at 3:00 over Derek Webster of Spearfish, but was defeated 8-0 by Cade Entwisle of McCook Central-Montrose in the quarterfinals. Lenz started his road back with an 8-2 win over Logan Lemmel of Sturgis and then beat Ryan McGinnis of Mitchell 7-0. He won a dominant 15-0 tech fall over Frank Even of Burke in the consolation semis before meeting Derek Webster for a second time in the third-place match. Lenz secured his fourth straight win by beating Webster 6-3.
Kyler Pearman was one of three future Tigers to take fifth place. Pearman turned the trick at Novice 140 pounds. Pearman won his first two matches, pinning Jared Grimmius of Aberdeen at 3:55 and edging Tyler John Eddy of Wessington Springs 6-5. Raygen Randall of McCook Central-Montrose pinned Pearman in the semis before he was edged 7-6 in a tie-breaker by Ryker Trevett of Milbank. He won another tight match by beating Daniel Esche of Canton 4-3 in the fifth-place match.
After suffering a first-round loss, Braden Goehring fought all the way back for fifth place at Novice 65 pounds. Goehring was beaten 8-0 by Andy Meyer of Harrisburg in the first round. He then won three straight matches, beating Dylan Schimke of Wessington Springs 7-3, pinned Samuel Olson of Madison at 5:14 and beating Kaleb Osborn of Winner 6-0. Riley Genzlinger nipped him 4-3 in the consolation semifinals, but Goehring turned around and won a 5-0 match over Xander McWilliams of Rapid City in the fifth-place match.
Carter Lenz went 4-2 to take fifth place at Midgets 75 pounds. He won a 4-2 decision over Bryan Roselles of Rapid City in his opener, but was beaten 8-1 by Sabren Bortnem of Brandon in the second round. Lenz won a 15-0 tech fall over Payton DeWitt of Douglas and pinned Lucas Hueser of Elk Point-Jefferson at 3:32. He was pinned at 2:50 by Jackson Remmers of McCook Central-Montrose in the consolation semfinals. In the fifth-place match, Lenz turned an earlier defeat around, beating Bortnem 4-2.
Five wrestlers earned eighth-place finishes with 2-3 records.
Mason Schoenhard took eighth place at Schoolboy 110 pounds. He picked up his wins by beating Kutter Rogers of Lyman 6-1 and Dallas Fuerst of Scotland 4-2.
Britten Vogel finished eighth at Schoolboy 80 pounds. Vogel won with a bye and an 8-2 win over Landen Fischer of Rapid City.
Bryston Goehring picked up eight place at Novice 75 pounds. Goehring pinned Dragr Monson of Groton at :21 and earned a 9-4 victory over Dawson Janke of Deadwood.
Aiden Schoenhard finished eighth at Midgets 90 pounds. He won a 12-8 decision over Dylan Anderson of Chester and a 7-0 decision over Trey Murray of Gregory.
Gage Nickels earned eighth place at Bantam 75 pounds. Nickels pinned Kade Olinger of Wessington Springs at 1:46 and Collin Wendt of Lennox at 2:19.
Eleven more Mobridge wrestlers competed at the tournament. Taylon Carmody, Jacob Steiger, Keene Schlomer and Stone Jensen all went 1-2, while Brady Bauer, Kegan Pearman, Tucker Holzer, Dakota Nickels, Craig Walking Elk, Jaden Schilling and Nathan Bauer suffered through 0-2 weekends.
Wrestlers from McLaughlin and Dupree competed at state, and had some success.
Six wrestlers from McLaughlin made the podium. Two girls finished first in state, but did not have to wrestle as they were the only girls in their weight class (girls had a lot of unopposed state champions). Elsie Henry won the Girls Bantam 90 pounds, while Nuchalawoy Henry won the Girls Bantam heavyweight. Sahmiah Archambault took second in Girls Novice heavyweight and Lakeita Weasel finished fourth in Girls Bantam 55 pounds.
Three McLaughlin boys placed. Emmit Maher took third place at Bantam 90 pounds, Trent Scheichel took seventh at Midgets 112 pounds and Zoey Weasel took eighth at Midgets heavyweight.
Two Dupree wrestlers placed. Hunter Stambach took sixth at Novice 130 pounds and Cruz Birkeland took eighth at Tots 45 pounds.