JAY DAVIS: Tiger wrestlers leave their mark in the record books
While the State B Wrestling Tournament was the ultimate conclusion to a great career for one Tiger wrestler, it was a combination of emotions for others.
There was euphoria and grief. There was pain and pleasure. There was joy in Mudville and there was mud in Joyville. There was promise of higher expectations ahead and there was the realization that careers had come to an end.
For one Tiger, of course, the only sad feelings could come from having to look back and realize that the nurturing part of his wrestling career is behind him now. The next step for Collin Jensen will be wrestling at the collegiate level, quite probably against stout competition in the Big Ten Conference.
Jensen does not leave the Tiger program without leaving his impressive fingerprints all over the place. He finishes his career as the holder of no less than five Mobridge wrestling records.
Before we get to that, he is also half of the first father-son state champion combination for the Tigers. Dad Kyle won the heavyweight title 30 years ago in 1982.
Jensen is the new all-time wins leader for the Tiger program with 168 career wins. He replaces Nick Appl, who won 166 times. Jensen’s 35 pins blew past the old record of 30 set by Pat Payer. Jensen can’t compete with David Rowe’s four state championships, but he can gun down the career two-point record. Jensen had 119, 32 more than Rowe’s 87. When it comes to three-point near falls, Jensen holds the single season and career records. The new single season record is 45 three-point near falls. The new career record is 142, which is 29 more than the 113 Jim Salzsiedler recorded.
Jensen is not the only member of this year’s squad to put his name in the record book.
Lucas Martin finishes his career with two records. With his win at the state tournament, Martin holds the record for wins in a season with 48. Chad Schilling had the old record with 47. Martin also set the record for two-point near falls in a season with 41.
Brady Spiry earned a spot in the record book. He set the new single season record for escapes with 56. Tom Ascher held the record with 53.
Future Tiger wrestlers, you have some big numbers to shoot for if you ever want your name in the record books at MPHS.
MYO tourney: With all the action going on in area sports, I almost forgot to remind you all that the annual MYO Dairy Queen Classic boys and girls basketball tournament will be staged Saturday in the Bridge City.
Kids grades three through eight will be on every court in town and in Wakpala.
Make plans to catch our future Tigers in action.
MYO is always looking for help when staging a large event such as this. Anyone interested can call the MYO hotline at 845-5500.