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With only two weeks left in its regular season, the Mitchell wrestling team is preparing for postseason matches.

But it is doing so without two of its most successful wrestlers.

The Kernels, who are 1-8 in duals this season, host a double dual at 6 p.m. today in Mitchell against Brookings and Chamberlain. Mitchell duals Brookings at 6 p.m. and then takes on Chamberlain at approximately 7:30 p.m. Both matches are at the Mitchell High School gymnasium.

Mitchell's Matt Larson and Alex Herrick will not be competing.

Larson, who wrestles at 138 pounds, is out after being bumped in the head during practice. Larson's family said he passed initial concussion tests, but is being held out by the team for precautionary reasons.

Mitchell will also be without 132-pound wrestler Alex Herrick, who is out with partially torn tendons in his right thumb. The junior also suffered his injury during practice.

It is unclear whether Herrick will be out for the rest of the season. But the junior said he has a doctor's appointment on Feb. 15, which is one day before regions, to determine if he will be able to return. Last season, Herrick placed third in the Class A state wrestling tournament.

Larson will be able to return for the regional tournament.

Coach looking to get team ready for postseason

Mitchell has three duals and one invitational left before its regular season is over.

Coach Travis Carpenter said Wednesday before practice that his team has been working on just about everything in preparation for its postseason.

"When you are in our state, you have to work on the basics and that's what we have been focusing on," Carpenter said.

Last season, the Kernels finished in fifth place at the Class A state tournament, highlighted by Brent Havlik and Jason Greenway's individual state championship victories.

This season, Mitchell, which only has one senior, is led in victories by sophomore Robert McCardle, who has 19 wins.

"When it comes to region time, it is about competing and that's really our deal," Carpenter said. "We have some guys that are good at competing and some guys that are not good at competing. This is the time of year that you have worked for the last two months ... Hopefully, their mentality is to get themselves into the state tournament and have a chance at a place."

After Mitchell hosts the double dual today against Chamberlain and Brookings, the Kernels travel to the Brookings Invitational Saturday in Brookings.