By Jay Davis
Jaden Shepherd won the 126-pound title, leading the Tigers to a fifth-place finish at the Winner Invite in Winner on Saturday.
“We had another great showing,” said coach Scott Stone. “There were just nine points separating second and fifth place.
“If Tucker Holzer had not gotten injured we might have made up those points.”
Holzer, who was coming off a three-pin night in Linton on Thursday, suffered a knee injury but is expected back on the mat in a week or two.
Shepherd spearheaded a Tiger team that sent three wrestlers to the finals and finished with 11 wrestlers placing, including two who were wrestling as non-scorers.
“The final score says we took fifth, but the boys did well,” said Stone. “It was a barn-burner of a tournament.”
Shepherd, ranked third this week at 126 pounds, picked up two pins to get to the finals where he beat fourth-ranked Hunter Peterson of Philip Area 8-5 for the title.
Jaden Madison and Isaac Olson took second place.
Madison, ranked third at 132 pounds, knocked off eighth-ranked Cameron Biggins of Winner 5-3 and then pinned ninth-ranked Zach Sykora of Bon Homme/Scotland in the semifinals. Second-ranked Lucas Smith of Potter County beat Madison 8-0 in the finals.
Olson took second at 138 pounds. He picked up two first-period pins and then stuck 11th-ranked Vladik Johnson of Burke/Gregory. In the title tilt, Olson (ranked 10th) ran into second-ranked Alex Caba of Bon Homme/Scotland and lost a 13-2 major decision.
Quinten Fish took third at 285 pounds. After falling 3-2 in tiebreaker overtime to Geoffrey Devries of Philip Area, Fish beat Brandon Whitley of Redfield-Doland 6-2 for third.
Caden Lenz, Keegan Pearman and Nathan Bauer finished fourth.
Lenz, ranked 10th at 113 pounds, went 2-2. He beat a pair of Winner wrestlers, but was pinned by top-ranked Carl Cronin of Potter County and fourth-ranked Jackson Eklund of Burke/Gregory.
Pearman had wins over Tryston Ogle of Sully Buttes and Chayce Rausch of Potter County at 120 pounds, but was pinned by seventh-ranked Reece Heltzel of Philip Area and beaten 11-2 by 11th-ranked Trevor Peters of Winner.
Bauer went 2-2 at 160 pounds. His wins were over Kade Hellman of Bon Homme/Scotland and Alex Martinez of Potter County. His losses were to first in state Rance Johnson of Philip Area and eighth-ranked Chris Van Huevelen of Sunshine Bible Academy
Bray Harrison took fifth at 152 pounds and Jason Gerry took fifth at 170 pounds.
Harrison beat Riggin Shippy of Winner 10-7 in the fifth-place match. He pinned Stockten Walter of Bon Homme/Scotland in between losses to 11th-ranked Jesse Wheeler of Potter County and seventh-ranked Jeremiah Beck of Burke/Gregory.
Gerry routed Louis Torres of Cheyenne-Eagle Butte/Dupree with a 15-0 tech fall for fifth place. His first win was over David Hassing of Bon Homme/Scotland. Gerry’s losses were to Austin Wiley of Sully Buttes and Caleb McNeil of Redfield-Doland.
Non-scorers Ayden Stickney and Mason Schoenhard finished fifth.
Stickney took fifth at 106 pounds. He won a forfeit over Jordan Vosika of Burke/Gregory in the fifth-place match. In his first win, he edged Adam Cole of Winner 5-4.
Schoenhard beat Landon Debus of Winner 11-3 to grab fifth place. His other wins came against Khalen Martin of Cheyenne-Eagle Butte/Dupree and Joseph Woodring of Redfield-Doland.
Next up for the Tigers is the Lee Wolf Invitational Wrestling Tournament in Aberdeen on Saturday.
“No one is guaranteed anything in this meat-grinder of a tournament,” said Stone. “This is going to be good for us. It’s the best tourney we could ask for.”
Last year, Shepherd, Olson and Madison finished sixth and Gerry took eighth.
The makeup date for the Miller/Highmore-Harrold Quadrangular is Feb. 3. Before that, the Tigers have added a date and will compete at the Sully Buttes Quadrangular in Onida on Thursday, Jan. 28.
Team scores: Philip Area 254, Bon Homme/Scotland 166, Burke/Gregory 161.5, Winner 158, Mobridge-Pollock 157, Potter County 110, Redfield-Doland 104, Sunshine Bible Academy 57.5, Sully Buttes 57, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte/Dupree 38.
106: Jacob Steiger, 3-11: was defeated by Jadyn Coller, Philip Area, 17-2 tech fall; was defeated by Jordan Vosika, Burke/Gregory, 12-0 major decision.
106 non-scorer: Ayden Stickney, 3-2, fifth place: was pinned by Wyatt Turnquist, Winner, 1:43; defeated Adam Cole, Winner, 5-4; defeated Jordan Reub, Bon Homme/Scotland, 5-2; was pinned by Dylan Whitley, Redfield-Doland, 2:21; won by forfeit over Jordan Vosika, Burke/Gregory.
113: Caden Lenz, 18-9, fourth place: pinned Aaron Gilchrist, Winner, :52; was pinned by Carl Cronin, Potter County, 2:41; pinned Jaikob Week, Winner, 2:33; was pinned by Jackson Eklund, Burke/Gregory, 2:29.
120: Keegan Pearman, 6-4, fourth place: pinned Tryston Ogle, Sully Buttes, 1:26; was pinned by Reece Heltzle, Philip Area, 1:25; pinned Chayce Rausch, Potter County, 1:36; was defeated by Trevor Peters, Winner 12-3 major decision.
126: Jaden Shepherd, 6-1, first place: pinned Landon Debus, Winner, 3:03; pinned Finn Hanson, Burke/Gregory, :21; defeated Hunter Peterson, Philip Area, 8-5.
126 non-scorer: Mason Schoenhard, 13-11, fifth place: was pinned by Hunter Peterson, Philip Area, 5:16; defeated Khalen Martin, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte/Dupree, 21-5 tech fall; defeated Joseph Woodring, Redfield-Doland, 9-5; was defeated by Finn Hanson, Burke/Gregory, 10-0 major decision; defeated Landon Debus, Winner, 11-3 major decision.
132: Jaden Madison, 18-7, second place: defeated Cameron Biggins, Winner, 5-3 sudden victory; pinned Zach Sykora, Bon Homme/Scotland, 3:58; was defeated by Lucas Smith, Potter County, 8-0 major decision.
132: Ben Bleyle, 4-5: was pinned by Lucas Smith, Potter County, :38; pinned Hunter Stambach, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte/Dupree; was pinned by Hunter Wright, Redfield-Doland, 2:14.
138: Isaac Olson, 16-10, second place: pinned Owen Duffy, Winner, 1:02; pinned Trevor Frost, Redfield-Doland, 1:01; pinned Vladik Johnson, Burke-Gregory, 4:00; was defeated by Alex Caba, Bon Homme/Scotland, 13-2 major decision.
145: Tucker Holzer, 7-11: lost by injury default to D.J. Highbear, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte; lost by injury default to Victor Dennis, Philip Area.
152: Bray Harrison, 10-10, fifth place: was pinned by Jesse Wheeler, Potter County, 5:45; pinned Stockten Walter, Bon Homme/Scotland, 4:38; was defeated by Jeremiah Beck, Burke/Gregory, 3-0; defeated Riggin Shippy, Winner, 10-7.
160: Nathan Bauer, 17-12, fourth place: defeated Kade Hellmann, Bon Homme/Scotland, 21-6 tech fall; was pinned by Rance Johnson, Philip Area, 3:50; defeated Alex Martinez, Potter County, 8-2; was pinned by Chris Van Huevelen, Sunshine Bible Academy, 4:25.
170: Jason Gerry, 8-15, fifth place: was defeated by Austin Wiley, Sully Buttes, 11-8; pinned David Hassing, Bon Homme/Scotland, 1:32; was defeated by Caleb McNeil, Redfield-Doland, 13-2 major decision; defeated Louis Torres, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte/Dupree, 15-0 tech fall.
182: Stone Jensen, 2-2, fourth place: was defeated by Tanner Iwan, Bon Homme/Scotland, 9-0 major decision; pined Cohl Turnquist, Winner, 4:13; defeated John Kiepke, Sully Buttes, 6-2; was defeated by Jed Konechne, Sunshine Bible Academy, 10-2 major decision.
285: Quinten Fish, 10-14, third place: was defeated by Geoffrey Devries, Philip Area, 3-2 tiebreaker; defeated Brandon Whitley, Redfield-Doland, 6-2.