Athlete of the week: Doren stays perfect for Winner Area
WINNER — The wins just keep on coming for Winner Area's Tre'zen Doren.
The Winner Area wrestler had a dominant weekend at the Mid-Dakota Monster and kept his perfect season intact.
His monster weekend helped him to the 285-pound weight class championship with four wins by pinfall. That included a win over Class B No. 3 Austin Moore, of Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes, in the championship round.
Even as the new guy on the Warriors' team, coach Spencer Novotny said Doren has fit right in.
"We're a senior-laden team and with all of his experience and skill, he fits our team very well," Novotny said.
Doren, a senior, has been selected as The Daily Republic's athlete of the week, an honor voted upon by the newspaper's sports staff. He is one of nine South Dakota prep wrestlers to compete in at least 10 matches and remain undefeated, standing at 13-0 for the Warriors, entering Tuesday's dual meet at Stanley County.
The No. 1-ranked Doren, who attended Andes Central last year, was 29-3 in 2015-16 and finished second in Class B at 285 pounds. He finished third in 2015 as a sophomore with a 33-8 record for the Eagles.
"When you bring in a kid like him that's as good as he is, that's a great addition from a morale and attitude standpoint," Novotny said. "He's a really positive guy and a person that he's great to have in our team room."
All but two of Doren's wins this season have been by pin, earning overtime victories over Moore at the KWLPG Invitational on Dec. 3 and defeating Trent Rus of Beresford/Alcester-Hudson at the MCM Invitational on Dec. 30.
Novotny said Doren has built up his energy and stamina through the Warriors' transition to shorter and hard practices. Last season, as the only member of his team, Doren had limited opportunities to participate in full-contact practices.
"He's done a lot more live wrestling this season," said Novotny, the team's first-year head coach. "That's sort of my thing and we're trying to have short, hard practices. I think it's been good for him to have the contact work and the intensity change. When it comes to those heavyweight practices and we're going to overtime, we're able to still go hard at the end of the period."