Mitchell, Chamberlain each without state finalist
WATERTOWN -- For the first time since 2008, a Mitchell High School wrestler will not compete in the finals of the Class A state wrestling tournament.
All seven Kernel wrestlers lost at least one match during the opening day of the state tournament Friday in Watertown.
Six of the seven Mitchell wrestlers fell in their first-round matchups.
Trey Hohn (120), Alex Herrick (132) Ethan Parr (138), Matt Larson (145), Ben Kummer (160) and Robert McCardle (285) each dropped their first matches of the day.
Mitchell's lone wrestler to win his opening match was Tyson Sprinkel, who defeated Madison's Blake Gusso in overtime before falling to Dakota Valley's Taylor Lambert in the second round.
Sprinkel (2-1) is also the only Kernel who will compete on the second day of the tournament as all of the other Mitchell wrestlers lost in wrestlebacks.
Herrick (1-2), Hohn (1-2), Parr (1-2), Kummer (1-2) and Larson (1-2) all lost in the second round of wrestlebacks, while McCardle fell in the first round.
"We didn't come out ready to go and that cost us big when you think about the rest of the tournament," Mitchell coach Travis Carpenter said. "We knew our first round was extremely important. ... If we won three or four matches in the first round, we could've had a few more kids in for placing."
Sprinkel begins his march toward a top eight finish today at noon in the third round wrestlebacks vs. Josh Hunt from Douglas/ New Underwood/Rapid City Christian.
"In the second round, they competed and we've been trying to get them to do that all year long. They might've pulled them out if they had been wrestling like that all season," Carpenter said.
Chamberlain also had a rough day in Watertown as the Cubs will not have a wrestler in the state finals as all six of the team's wrestlers lost in the first or second round of the tournament.
Logan Pickner (120), Spencer Kirkpatrick (113), Miek Hauke (170), Nick Clausen (195) and Austin Cheney (285) were eliminated from the Class A state tourney Friday after dropping opening matches and wrestlebacks. Russell Felicia (132) is the lone Chamberlain who still has a chance to place. Felecia advanced to the third round of wrestlebacks after defeating Mitchell's Alex Herrick.
Felicia takes on Rapid City Stevens' Garrett Petersen at 10:40 a.m. today.