By Jay Davis
Tiger senior Jaden Madison had the biggest weekend of his career, taking first place at 132 pounds at the Mid-Dakota Monster wrestling tournament in Presho on Friday and Saturday
“He had one heck of a tournament,” said coach Scott Stone.
After wrestling at 145 pounds in the early going, Madison bumped down 132 pounds and made the most of it. He opened with a 7-3 win over Jaredon Dosch of Belle Fourche and then pinned Yusuke Moriaka of Red Cloud. Madison followed that up with a 6-3 win over ninth-ranked Cameron Biggins of Winner and a 1-0 win over Class A’s seventh-ranked Slayton Ludens. In the championship he fought off previously second-ranked Luke Smith of Potter County 4-1.
“They were calling it an upset, but there was no upset about it,” said Stone. “We were the better wrestler.”
After winning the title, Madison went from being ranked eighth at 145 pounds to second at 132 pounds. Smith fell from second to third.
Stone said the two are going to have quite the rivalry the rest of the season.
“We see a lot of Potter County the second half,” said Stone. “They’ll be hashing it out all season.”
Isaac Olson took second place at 138 pounds. Olson handled Christian Carillo of O’Neill, Neb., 16-5 and then won a 10-8 match of Illijah Coleman of Pine Ridge. He beat Kody Hagen of Hot Springs 6-2 in the semifinals but was handed a 16-0 tech fall by eighth-ranked Kyler Holzbauer of Parkston in the championship match.
“Isaac made some mistakes in the championship match,” said Stone. “We’ll learn from it. We’ll take something away from it.”
Caden Lenz wrestled to third place at 113 pounds.
“Caden has really come a long way,” said Stone. “He has improved leaps and bounds since Linton.”
Lenz pinned Aaron Gilchrist of Winner and defeated Logan DeSersa of Hot Springs 6-2 in his first two matches. He ran into number one in state Carl Cronin of Potter County in the next round and was pinned. Lenz bounced back to pin Jared Harris of Bennett County and then ran into DeSersa in the third-place match, pinning the Hot Springs wrestler at 1:28.
Tucker Holzer and Nathan Bauer claimed eighth-place finishes.
Holzer took eighth at 145 pounds with wins over Grady Davis of Sunshine Bible Academy and Jack Miller of Lyman.
Bauer used wins over Cauy Shaw of O’Neill and Wyatt Hess of Lead-Deadwood to finished eighth at 160 pounds.
Of the other four Tiger wrestlers, Jacob Steiger went 1-2 at 103 pounds, Mason Schoenhard went 1-2 at 126 pounds, Jason Gerry went 1-2 at 170 pounds, and Bray Harrison went 0-2 at 152 pounds.
“We lost a couple heartbreakers, but it was a great tourney all around,” said Stone. “I think taking 12th at the Mid-Dakota shows we can contend.” Stone added that his Tigers will get stronger and deeper this weekend as sophomores Jaden Shepherd and Kegan Pearman will gain their eligibility. Their first action will come Saturday in Gettysburg.
The Tiger will have their home match of the season, but that is after wrestling at the Miller/Highmore-Harrold Quadrangular on Thursday and the Potter County Invitational in Gettysburg on Saturday.
The Tigers wrestle against Miller/Highmore-Harrold, Faulkton Area and Ipswich/Leola in Highmore on Thursday.
Along with the Tigers and host Battlers, Chamberlain, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte/Dupree, Deuel, Faulkton Area, Ipswich/Leola, Lemmon-McIntosh, McLaughlin, Pierre JV, Redfield-Doland, Stanley County, Sunshine Bible Academy, Warner/Northwestern, Wessington Springs/Woonsocket and North Dakota teams South Border and Standing Rock will be competing on Saturday.
“It’s going to be a great tournament,” said Stone. “We’re going to see some fantastic competition.”
The Tigers host the Mobridge-Pollock Quadrangular on Tuesday with Lemmon-McIntosh, Ipswich/Leola and Stanley County coming to Mobridge-Pollock High School Gym.
“I hope everyone comes out to support us,” said Stone. “This is like an open house for us. We only get one chance to perform for the home crowd so we’re going to make it count.”
Wrestling starts at 5:30 p.m. The order of matches is: round one, Lemmon-McIntosh vs. Mobridge-Pollock and Stanley County vs. Ipswich-Leola; round two, Ipswich/Leola vs. Mobridge-Pollock and Stanley County vs. Lemmon-McIntosh; round three, Stanley County vs. Mobridge-Pollock and Lemmon-McIntosh vs. Ipswich/Leola.
Team scores: Spearfish 270, Parkston 197, Stanley County 161, O’Neill, Neb., 160, Winner 157.5, Potter County 141, Hot Springs 137, Custer 125.5, Bennett County 114, Lyman 101, Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes 95, Mobridge-Pollock 94, Belle Fourche 84, St. Thomas More 61.5, Lead-Deadwood 50, Sunshine Bible Academy 50, Kingsbury County 42, Red Cloud 37, Pine Ridge 32, Andes Central/Dakota Christian 30, Todd County 30, Newell 27, Warner/Northwestern 27, McLaughlin 20, Hill City 11.5, Little Wound 10, St. Francis 8.
106: Jacob Steiger, 2-7: was defeated by Chance Grill, Custer, 12-1 major decision; pinned Donnie Abbott, Hot Springs, :54; was defeated by Riley Weber, Parkston, 5-2.
113: Caden Lenz, 13-6, third place: pinned Aaron Gilchrist, Winner, 1:44; defeated Logan DeSersa, Hot Springs, 6-2; was pinned by Carl Cronin, Potter County, 3:29; pinned Jared Harris, Bennett County, 4:42; pinned DeSersa, 1:28.
126: Mason Schoenhard, 8-7: was defeated by Chance Stuwe, Potter County, 9-2; defeated Alex Phelps, Hot Springs, 7-5; defeated Cody Westendord, Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes, 6-2; as pinned by Dylan Gabriel, Stanley County, 2:44.
132: Jaden Madison, 13-5, first place: defeated Jaredon Dosch, Belle Fourche, 7-3; pinned Yusuke Morioka, Red Cloud, :50; defeated Cameron Biggins, Winner, 6-3; defeated Slayton Ludens, Spearfish, 1-0; defeated Lucas Smith, Potter County, 4-1.
138: Isaac Olson, 11-6, second place: defeated Christian Carillo, O’Neill, 16-5 major decision; defeated Illijah Coleman, Pine Ridge, 10-8; defeated Kody Hagen, Hot Springs, 6-2; was defeated by Kyler Holzbauer, Parkston, 16-0 tech fall.
145: Tucker Holzer, 6-7, eighth place: was pinned by Lane Schuelke, Newell, 1:29; pinned Grady Davis, Sunshine Bible Academy, :45; pinned Jack Miller, Lyman, 2:39; was pinned by Shayne Campbell, O’Neill, 3:00; was pinned by Avery Gilchrist, Winner, 1:36.
152: Bray Harrison, 5-8: was pinned by Jacob DeSersa, Hot Springs, 1:41; was pinned by Reese Hansen, Spearfish, 4:53.
160: Nathan Bauer, 12-7, eighth place: defeated Cauy Shaw, O’Neill, 12-10 in tie breaker; was pinned by Lucas Bietz, Parkston, 4:49; defeated Wyatt Hess, Lead-Deadwood, 6-1; was defeated by Shaw, 9-6; was defeated by Tate Petrak, Bennett County, 4-3.
170: Jason Gerry, 4-11: was pinned by Tate Gatzke, Belle Fourche, 2:30; defeated Galen Boltz, Todd County, 7-2; was pinned by Corten Dobesh, St. Thomas More, 2:47.