Blindert, Loudenberg win titlesRAPID CITY — Dominic Blindert always knew he was state-champion caliber. With only one loss in his senior season, he captured the 170-pound Class B state wrestling title Saturday in Rapid City at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
By: Luke Hagen, The Daily Republic
Loudenberg beat Haneke 6-3 in the 106-pound championship match to win his first state championship. Last year, he was the state runner-up at 103 points.
“The loss in regions helped me out, knowing how to wrestle him when I lost to him,” Loudenberg said. “There’s only one better thing to do, and that’s to go undefeated and win a title. That’s never easy.”
Loudenberg won two out of three head-to-head matches against Haneke this year.
After Loudenberg walked off the mat a champion, Howard’s 113-pound Bailey Neises lost to Webster’s Nolan Richie 7-0 in the championship match. Richie capped a 40-1 season with his second consecutive title.
“Every day in practice, we work to make each other better,” Loudenberg said. “We’ve been wrestling together since we were in the fifth grade.”
Howard took eighth place at the state tournament with 73.5 points.
Evan Donahue (138) took third place and James Jungwirth took seventh at 170 pounds.
“You bring five wrestlers and you place eighth, that’s great,” Howard coach Tyler Dahl said.
Winner gets three in finals, takes fifth
ABERDEEN — Winner’s Sean Bice (120), Tyce Meyer (160) and Tate Novotny (170) each took second place at the Class B state wrestling tournament Saturday.
“We had a great semifinal round getting three through,” Winner coach Matt Chamers said. “We knew all three were going to be close matches, and we were hoping to get one of them.”
Bice and Meyer each finished their seasons with close matches and 34-7 records. He lost to Tri-Valley’s Ryan Schuman 3-2. Schuman finished his season 48-0.
Meyer lost 6-1 in overtime to Hot Springs’ Brady Harkless, and Novotny lost to McCook Central/Montrose’s Dominic Blindert 9-4 in the finals.
The Warriors took fifth place with 102 points. They led Wagner heading into the final round, but Wagner jumped Winner with one state champion in Alex Kocer.
Winner’s Patrick Aeschbacher (106) took fourth and Taylor Haley (195), Branden Tuttle (220) and Reed Driscoll (285) each took seventh place.
Meyer, Haley, Tuttle and Driscoll are seniors.
“We had a group of seniors that have worked their tail off this year,” Chambers said.
Heisinger falls in title match; Trojans finish with 7th-place trophy
ABERDEEN — Parkston wrestling coach Jared Digmann said 145-pound Mitch Heisinger wrestled his best tournament of the year at the Class B state wrestling tournament.
Heisinger, a sophomore, defeated two wrestlers he had lost to earlier this season to qualify for the state-title match. He lost to Canton’s Logan Dolen 16-7 in the championship match.
“Mitch did a great job for us,” Digmann said.
Parkston took seventh place at the state tournament, finishing with 78.5 points. The Trojans qualified 10 wrestlers to state and had five earn medals.
Heisinger was the team’s top placer, while seventh-grader Blake Bietz (106) took third place. Weslee Dvorak (120) was fifth, Myles Bialas (132) was sixth and Brady Reiff (182) took fourth.
All 10 of Parkston’s state-qualifiers are juniors or younger, setting the team up for a bright future.
“I’m pretty satisfied with where we ended up,” Digmann said. “Yeah, we would have liked to get a couple more guys in the placing round, but you win some, you lose some.”