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Mitchell junior Landon Neugebauer, back, cradles Huron’s Ryan Chase in a 138-pound match Friday during an Eastern South Dakota Conference dual at the high school. Neugebauer pinned Chase in 2:25. (Brooke Cersosimo/Republic)

The Kernels put themselves in position to defeat the Huron Tigers in an Eastern South Dakota Conference wrestling dual Friday night, but came up short.

“We had a game plan going in with those open weight classes and we thought we had a chance to win it,” said Mitchell wrestling coach Travis Carpenter, whose team fell 37-19 to the Tigers at the high school. “We lost a couple of matches early on I didn’t expect us to and that cost us.”

The Kernels opened the dual with their usual three open weight classes. Carpenter said he was pleased with the performances from Briggs Havlik (126) and Trey Hohn (132), despite falling to their opponents.

“We talked to them beforehand and told them they’ve got to wrestle 6 minutes with their guys and they did that,” he said. “They put us in position to do what we needed to do later on and we just didn’t get it done. I was real proud of those two kids and how they battled.”

The Kernels earned pins from Landon Neugebauer (138) and Ethan Parr (145). Neugebauer pinned Huron’s Ryan Chase in 2 minutes, 25 seconds, while Parr wrestled nearly all 6 minutes to earn his pin, finally putting the match away in 5:38.

“We needed bonus points and my job was to go out and pin my guy and get six points,” Neugebauer, a junior, said. “We had other guys who needed to get bonus points and we did as best as we could, but sometimes it just doesn’t go your way.”

Alex Herrick (152) and Matt Larson (170) also earned wins for Mitchell. Huron won the final three matches of the dual.

“We had a really good stretch, and you’re going to have the bump in the road,” said Carpenter, whose team competes in the West Central Invite at 10 a.m. today in Hartford. “We just talked about it and we see these guys again (today). If we see the three or four kids we thought we’d beat (today), we beat them.”

Huron 37, Mitchell 19

106: Chip Shillingstad (H) won by forfeit, 6-0; 113: Trent Francom (H) won by forfeit, 12-0; 120: Blut Doh Htoo (H) won by forfeit, 18-0; 126: Wyat Schillingstad (H) maj. dec. Briggs Havlik 8-0, 22-0; 132: Chet Glanzer (H) dec. Trey Hohn 10-4, 25-0; 138: Landon Neugebauer (M) won by fall over Ryan Chase 2:25, 25-6; 145: Ethan Parr (M) won by fall over Arthur Hines 5:38, 25-12; 152: Alex Herrick (M) maj. dec. Nick Christensen 16-6, 25-16; 160: Colin Simons (H) dec. Tanner Vilhauer 16-12, 28-16; 170: Matt Larson (170) dec. Connor Gose 6-1, 28-19; 182: Bailey Schoenfelder (H) dec. Preston Skinner 5-0, 31-19; 195: Tyler Kleinsasser (M) dec. Tyson Skrinkel 7-6, 34-19; 220: Jeremiah Johnson (H) dec. Chase Klingaman 5-2, 37-19; 285: Open.

JV matches: 106: Silas Lopez (M) won by fall over T.J. Kissner 2:31; 145: Cole Johnson (H) maj. dec. Will Cambell 11-0; 160: Zach Smith (M) won by fall over Marshall Simons 3:10; 160: Carson Max (M) won by fall over Doe Say 3:17; 182: Alex Klingaman (M) won by fall over Jake Rieger 3:54; Ex: Carter Max (M) won by fall over Davis Nemmers :25.

Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.