Chase Schoenhard tops competition at Disney AAUs
By Jay Davis
After taking second in state at 220 pounds this last wrestling season, Chance Schoenhard was given the opportunity to put his skills to test at the AAU Wrestling Scholastic Duals, June 26 through July 1, at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
“It was pretty fun,” said Schoenhard. “I got to see some really good wrestlers and I got to see a bunch of different styles.”
Schoenhard did not disappoint as he ran up an 11-1 record against wrestlers from all around the eastern half of the United States.
The trip started with a two-day training camp at Legends of Gold in Beresford. After that a group of more than 30 South Dakota wrestlers headed to Florida. Schoenhard wrestled for Team South Dakota Blue in the AAU Scholastic Duals District All-Stars division. The other two teams wrestled in developmental divisions. They were led by coaches Noyes of Lyman and Caldwell of Pierre.
While Team South Dakota Blue was struggling to beat anyone for a while, they went 0-6-1 in the pool round, Schoenhard was winning nearly every time he took the mat, going 6-1. The team did a little better in the bracket round. They went 3-2 and finished fourth in their division.
Schoenhard finished the tournament 7-1 on the mat and picked up four forfeits for his 11-1 record. He was the only South Dakotan to be awarded a patch for having a record with two or fewer losses.
“I was surprised to do that well,” said Schoenhard. “We had some really good kids who were getting beat. I might have pulled out a couple of wins against guys I wasn’t supposed to beat, but I think I wrestled pretty well.”
Following are the names and team names of the eight wrestlers Schoenhard competed with on the mat. While some team names tell where the team was from, some do not, but they were from places like Ohio, Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas.
Schoenhard: pinned James Taylor, NC Dream Team Autobots, 3:40; pinned Jacob Ridgley, Brawlers Fire, 1:15; defeated Conrad Lavoie, Doughboy Black, major decision 8-0; pinned Andrew Wade, Maryland Monster Squad Red, 3:49; was defeated by Andrew Dunn, Middle Atlantic Blue, 10-5; pinned Logan Radik, Nebraska White, 6:13; defeated Owen Rosenberger, Doughboy Gold, major decision 21-8; defeated Matthew Wheeler, Ozark Team STL Bolt, 11-9.
Wrestling on Team South Dakota Blue with Schoenhard were: 106, Chase Anderson of Parker, seventh in Class B at 106; 113, J.C. Forman of Miller/Highmore-Harrold, fifth in Class B at 106; 120, Alex Caba of Bon Homme/Scotland, Class B champion at 120; 126, Nick Evangelisto of Warner-Northwestern; 132, Jed Brown of Philip Area, second in Class B at 126; 138, Rance Brown of Philip Area, second in Class B at 132; 145, Skylar Ingwerson, fourth in Class B at 145; 152, Brady Dam of Dakota Valley, eighth in Class A at 145; 160, Wyatt Winter of Huron, third in Class A at 160;
170, Kordell Buyck of Parker; 182, Bailey Schoenfelder of Huron, seventh in Class A at 182; 195, Jimmy Sharkey of Winner, eighth in Class B at 195; 285, Payton Jensen of Parker, fifth in Class B at 285.
Schoenhard said that while the wrestling was an awesome experience, so was the chance to spend quality time getting to know fellow wrestlers from around the state.
“I got to meet a lot of new people,” said Schoenhard. “It was a fun experience.”