By Jay Davis
Isaac Olson and Nathan Bauer placed third to pace the Tigers at the season-opening Stanley County Invitational wrestling tournament in Ft. Pierre on Saturday.
“Not bad,” said coach Scott Stone of the team’s first competition of the season. “We won a lot of third periods and in overtime. We’re going to win more in the future.”
Olson opened with a 49-second pin over Kayden Chauncey of Todd County, but was defeated 11-9 by Dylan VanDerBoom of Newell, who went on to win the 138-pound title. Olson rallied to pin teammate Tucker Holzer in 57 seconds before pinning Jacob Zacher of Spearfish in the third-place match.
Bauer was defeated 7-3 by Zailin Irion of Spearfish in the first round at 160 pounds before claiming four straight wins to claim third place. After taking a forfeit win from Todd County, Bauer defeated Alex Martinez of Potter County 5-0, won an injury default over Tate Petrak of Bennett County and fought off Austin Wiley of Sully Buttes 4-1 in the third-place match.
Jaden Madison took fourth place at 145 pounds. Madison won his first two matches, pinning John Trimble of Spearfish and earning a 12-2 major decision over Bleau Hoge of Lemmon-McIntosh. He was pinned by Michael Scott of Stanley County in the semifinals. He beat Jack Miller of Lyman 5-0 to get to the third-place match, but was defeated 12-2 by Lane Schuelke of Newell.
Caden Lenz, Mason Schoenhard and Quinten Fish had fifth-place finishes.
Lenz went 2-2 at 113 pounds. He lost a 10-3 match to Jackson Eklund of Burke/Gregory in his first match before claiming a forfeit win over Spearfish in the second round. After getting pinned by Derick Dower of Spearfish, Lenz won an injury default over Payden Peterson of Cheyenne-Eagle Butte/Dupree in the fifth-place match.
Schoenhard had six matches while taking fifth at 132 pounds. He went 4-2 including a 3-1 sudden victory win over Tashon Clark of Spearfish in the fifth-place match. Schoenhard pinned Will Crazy Bull of Todd County in 24 seconds to start his day. He was beaten 16-1 by Luke Smith of Potter County in the next round before pinning Khalan Martin of Cheyenne-Eagle Butte/Dupree and beating Kutter Rogers of Lyman 10-3. Finn Hanson of Burke/Gregory beat Schoenhard 10-5 in his attempt to get to the third-place match.
Fish pinned Matt Fegueroa of Potter County at 1:03 in his first match at 285 pounds, but was pinned in the exact same time by Jeremiah Harmon of Spearfish in the semifinals. Ridge Oliver of Burke/Gregory pinned Fish in the next round, but the Tiger heavyweight rallied to pin Jadeon Biggers of Lyman at 4:40 for fifth place. Harmon went on to win the 285-pound title.
Bray Harrison and Holzer had sixth-place finishes.
Harrison wrestled six times going 3-3 at 152 pounds. His wins came over Wesley Dodd of Spearfish, Kadin Gifford of Spearfish and Tristan Janis of Todd County.
Holzer, wresting as the non-scorer at 138 pounds, went 3-3 with wins over Carl Peterson of Cheyenne-Eagle Butte/Dupree and Matthew Ackerman of Spearfish. He also won a forfeit over Potter County.
Jacob Steiger took third place at 106 pounds. After dropping matches to Clarene Winter of Bennett County and Jacob Wike of Todd County, Steiger came from behind to score with less than 10 seconds left to beat Noah Ryan of Spearfish 11-10 in the seventh-place match.
Jason Gerry suffered a 1-2 day at 170 pounds, but picked up his first win of the season, pinning Duane Marshall of Cheyenne-Eagle Butte/Dupree.
“We took seventh place as a team,” said Stone, “against some pretty tough competition.”
Stone said the Tigers will head back to the wrestling room to make improvements after getting their first taste of competition.
“We came out flat sometimes and took some unnecessary risks,” said Stone. “And we have to work on getting guys off our heads.”
On the other side, Stone said his Tigers are getting used tp what he and the staff are trying to teach in his first year.
“The kids have bought into the program a little more,” said Stone. “They are gaining more trust in the coaches. I just want to see them pick up the intensity a little more. They are young and still trying to find their way.”
The Tigers wrestle Saturday at the Faulkton Invitational. Last December the Tigers took second place with nine wrestlers placing, including three champions.
Stanley County Invitational
Team points: Spearfish 223.5, Stanley County 215.5, Potter County 164.5, Burke/Gregory 157.5, Lemmon-McIntosh 141.5, Bennett County 126.5, Mobridge-Pollock 104; Sully Buttes 84, Lyman 79, Todd County 78.5, Newell 67, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte/Dupree 27, St. Francis 0.
106: Jacob Steiger, 1-2, seventh place: was pinned by Clarence Winter, Bennett County, 4:58; was defeated by Jacob Wike, Todd County, 10-3; defeated Noah Ryan, Spearfish, 11-10.
113: Caden Lenz, 2-2, fifth place: was defeated by Jackson Eklund, Burke/Gregory, 10-3; won by forfeit; was pinned by Derick Dower, Spearfish, 2:42; won by injury default over Payden Peterson, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte/Dupree.
132: Mason Schoenhard, 4-2, fifth place: pinned Will Crazy Bull, Todd County, :24; was defeated by Luke Smith, Potter County, 16-1 technical fall; pinned Khalan Martin, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte/Dupree, 3:00; defeated Kutter Rogers, Lyman, 10-3; was defeated by Finn Hanson, Burke/Gregory, 10-5; defeated Tashon Clark, Spearfish, 3-1 sudden victory.
138: Isaac Olson, 3-1, third place: pinned Kayden Chauncey, Todd County, :49; was defeated by Dylan VanDerBoom, Newell, 11-9; pinned Tucker Holzer, Mobridge-Pollock, :57; pinned Jacob Zacher, Spearfish, 4:54.
138 non-scorer: Tucker Holzer, 3-3, sixth place: pinned Carl Peterson, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte/Dupree, :57; was defeated by Vladik Johnson, Burke/Gregory, 12-0 major decision; won by forfeit; pinned Matthew Ackerman, Spearfish, 2:48; was pinned by Isaac Olson, Mobridge-Pollock, :57; was defeated by Adam Hahn, Bennett County, 10-2 major decision.
145: Jaden Madison, 3-2, fourth place: pinned John Trimble, Spearfish, 3:13; defeated Bleau Hoge, Lemmon-McIntosh, 12-2 major decision; was pinned by Michael Scott, Stanley County, :47; defeated Jack Miller, Lyman, 5-0; was defeated by Lane Schuelke, Newell, 12-2 major decision.
152: Bray Harrison, 3-3, sixth place: pinned Wesley Dodd, Spearfish, 1:56; was pinned by Jordan Brinson, Spearfish, 4:40; pinned Kadin Gifford, Spearfish, 1:47; defeated Tristan Janis, Todd County, 7-1; was defeated by Tyler Kaiser, Spearfish, 6-0; was pinned by Rhett Fanning, Bennett County, :41.
160: Nathan Bauer, 4-1, third place: was defeated by Zailin Irion, Spearfish, 7-3; won by forfeit; defeated Alex Martinez, Potter County, 5-0; won by injury default over Tate Petrak, Bennett County; defeated Austin Wiley, Sully Buttes, 4-1.
170: Jason Gerry, 1-2: was pinned by Galen Boltz, Todd County, :39; pinned Duane Marshall, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte/Dupree, 2:15; was defeated by Dawsin Jones, Stanley County, 7-1.
285: Quinten Fish, 2-2, fifth place: pinned Matt Fegueroa, Potter County, 1:03; was pinned by Jeremiah Harmon, Spearfish, 1:03; was pinned by Ridge Oliver, Burke/Gregory, :34; pinned Jadeon Biggers, Lyman, 4:40.