Sixteen area wrestlers advance to state title matches
SIOUX FALLS—Sixteen area wrestlers are in tonight's championship bouts at the state wrestling tournament at the Premier Center in Sioux Falls.
Both Mitchell High School semifinalists—Briggs Havlik and Carson Max—each won their matches to advance to tonight's championship round. Havlik defeated Dakota Valley's Collin Becker 7-2 to advance to the 160-pound championship. Havlik (38-3) will meet Aberdeen Central's Collin Harr (45-7) for the title.
Max (31-3) defeated Huron's Gabe Rieger 9-3 in the semifinals at 195 pounds. He will take on Sioux Falls Roosevelt's Joey Otta (37-5), who earned a second-period pin over Pierre's Gage Gehring.
Also in Class A, Chamberlain advanced two wrestlers to the championships. Max Donovan (44-4) earned a pin over Sturgis' Tristan Permann in 3 minutes, 23 seconds at 113 pounds. He will take on Douglas/Rapid City Christian's William George (44-8).
Cubs' heavyweight and defending state champion Nash Hutmacher and Beresford/Alcester-Hudson's Nick Casperson each did their part to set up a highly anticipated match in the championship round. Hutmacher (45-0) pinned Kaden Johnson, of Aberdeen Central, in 1:55, and will take on Casperson (37-0), who moved up from 195 pounds before the region tournament and took on the challenge.
Two Class B championships will feature area wrestlers and the top-two seeds in their brackets. McCook Central/Montrose's Paul Lauck (51-2) will take on Winner Area's Sam Kruger (49-3) for the championship at 145 pounds, as Lauck and Kruger were seeded No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.
Top-seeded Evan Kizer, of Howard, will take on Mount Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney's Jesse Hastings (22-2) in the championship match at 220 pounds. Kizer (38-4) was the source of both of Hastings' losses on the season in December.
In addition to Kruger, Winner Area will have three wrestlers in the championship. Kaden Keiser (49-4), wrestling at 106 pounds, will take on Braden Sehr (40-1). Keiser beat Howard's Lane Miller 6-3 in the semifinals.
Atlas Willuweit will represent the Warriors at 120 pounds, taking on Philip's McCoy Peterson (30-0) in the championship match. Willuweit (39-3) took down Elk Point-Jefferson's Zak Fowler 9-3 in the semifinals.
Winner's Wyatt Turnquist will take on Kellyn March, of Canton, for the 126-pound championship. In the semis, March (43-1) defeated Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes' Jackson Nockels with a third-period pin and Turnquist (42-3) beat Philip's Jadyn Coller 4-3.
Also in the finals, Wagner's Lance Soukup (30-7) will take on Canton's Braxton Trowbridge (34-6) at 113 pounds after a second-period pin of Howard's Kieffer Klinkhammer in the semifinals.
Jackson Eklund, of Burke/Gregory, will take on Caden Lamer, of Tri-Valley in the 138-pound final Both wrestlers are 35-1 but Lamer is wrestling for his fourth straight state championship for the Mustangs. Eklund won his semifinal 8-1 over Mobridge-Pollock's Jaden Schilling.
Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon will represented by Kaleb Crownover in the 138-pound title match, and Josh Crownover in the 160-pound championship. Kaleb Crownover (38-5) will face Josh Weisbrod, of Clark/Willow Lake after a 9-3 win over Jaden Dominisse, of Canton.
Josh Crownover (34-9) will take on Canton's Shaeden Scheidt (35-6) after defeating Parkston's Dawson Semmler 4-3 in the semifinals.
Howard's Aidyn Feldhaus qualified for the championship match at 182 pounds with a 5-3 decision over Stone Jensen, of Mobridge-Pollock. He will wrestle Redfield's Barrett Wren, who dealt Elk Point-Jefferson's Logan Donelan his first loss of the season in the semifinals.
The championship round is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., with the championship matches in both classes occurring simultaneously.
Braden Sehr (Canton) 40-1 won by decision over Riley Weber (Parkston) 24-9 (Dec 6-2)
Kaden Keiser (Winner) 49-4 won by decision over Lane Miller (Howard) 46-7 (Dec 6-3)
Lance Soukup (Wagner) 30-7 won by fall over Kieffer Klinkhammer (Howard) 32-9 (Fall 2:32)
Braxton Trowbridge (Canton) 34-6 won by decision over Jordan Rueb (Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon) 26-9 (Dec 5-2)
McCoy Peterson (Philip) 30-0 won by tech fall over Hayden Pierret (Garretson) 34-8 (TF-1.5 4:00 (17-2))
Atlas Willuweit (Winner) 39-3 won by decision over Zak Fowler (Elk Point/Jefferson) 32-5 (Dec 9-3)
Kellyn March (Canton) 43-1 won by fall over Jackson Nockels (Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes) 40-10 (Fall 5:11)
Wyatt Turnquist (Winner) 42-3 won by decision over Jadyn Coller (Philip) 20-6 (Dec 4-3)
Caden Lamer (Tri-Valley) 35-1 won by fall over JD Carter (Stanley County) 32-13 (Fall 5:28)
Jackson Eklund (Burke/Gregory) 35-1 won by decision over Jaden Schilling (Mobridge-Pollock) 38-7 (Dec 8-1)
Josh Weisbrod (Clark/Willow Lake) 41-2 won in sudden victory - 1 over Trevor Peters (Winner) 43-10 (SV-1 5-3)
Kaleb Crownover (Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon) 38-5 won by decision over Jaden Dominisse (Canton) 33-10 (Dec 9-3)
Paul Lauck (McCook Central/Montrose) 51-2 won by decision over Kody Hagen (Hot Springs) 41-9 (Dec 5-2)
Sam Kruger (Winner) 49-3 won by fall over Joey Wheeler (Potter County) 24-12 (Fall 1:07)
Alex Aesoph (Faulkton Area) 44-2 won by major decision over Levi Mines (Custer/Edgemont) 36-8 (MD 10-1)
Connor Bertsch (Miller/Highmore-Harrold) 41-5 won by decision over Scott Peterson (Canton) 38-4 (Dec 5-1)
Josh Crownover (Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon) 34-9 won by decision over Dawson Semmler (Parkston) 12-2 (Dec 4-3)
Shaeden Scheidt (Canton) 35-6 won by major decision over Gannon Martinmaas (Faulkton Area) 39-4 (MD 9-0)
Caleb Orris (Clark/Willow Lake) 46-0 won by fall over Jack Konechne (Garretson) 23-5 (Fall 2:49)
Nathan Bauer (Mobridge-Pollock) 31-4 won by decision over Keagan Fitch (Philip) 26-3 (Dec 2-1)
Barrett Wren (Redfield) 28-7 won by decision over Logan Donelan (Elk Point/Jefferson) 36-1 (Dec 3-2)
Aidyn Feldhaus (Howard) 45-6 won by decision over Stone Jensen (Mobridge-Pollock) 40-6 (Dec 5-3)
Cooper Baloun (Redfield) 35-0 won by decision over Sam Adams (Harding County) 36-7 (Dec 8-7)
Wyatt Burke (Clark/Willow Lake) 30-8 won by decision over EJ Leetch (Howard) 39-5 (Dec 7-4)
Evan Kizer (Howard) 38-4 won by decision over Jace Johnson (Wagner) 30-13 (Dec 3-2)
Jesse Hastings (Mt. Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney) 22-2 won by fall over Kaeden Metz (Sisseton) 28-8 (Fall 1:47)
Payton Smith (Canton) 42-2 won by fall over Tanner Grocott (McCook Central/Montrose) 29-12 (Fall 2:41)
Braydon Peterson (Lemmon/McIntosh) 52-1 won by decision over Brandyn Anderson (Groton Area) 30-4 (Dec 5-2)
Jacob Wood (Sturgis) 15-0 won by decision over Eli Fischer (Milbank) 31-4 (Dec 7-3)
Cael Larson (Rc Central) 56-3 won by decision over Declan Malone (Rc Stevens) 28-10 (Dec 7-4)
William George (Douglas/RC Christian) 44-8 won by decision over Riley Hollingshead (SF Roosevelt) 40-3 (Dec 5-3)
Max Donovan (Chamberlain) 44-4 won by fall over Tristan Permann (Sturgis) 13-5 (Fall 3:23)
Lincoln Turman (Pierre) 26-2 won by decision over Giovanni Ruffo (Yankton) 37-11 (Dec 5-2)
Isaac Klinkhammer (Brandon Valley) 42-0 won by decision over Collin Powell (Chamberlain) 36-4 (Dec 6-4)
Lucus Anglin (Vermillion) 38-3 won by decision over Tate Johnson (Brandon Valley) 38-10 (Dec 6-0)
Jacob Moore (Aberdeen Central) 31-4 won by decision over Cody BeVier (Rc Stevens) 38-7 (Dec 5-3)
William Turman (Pierre) 35-2 won by fall over Colby Mennis (Madison) 34-8 (Fall 1:10)
Spencer Stockman (Rc Stevens) 35-4 won by decision over Jaetin DeCou (Lennox) 48-7 (Dec 5-4)
Carlos Ruffo (Yankton) 30-0 won by decision over Brandon Sharkey (Rc Stevens) 41-12 (Dec 6-0)
Chipper Shillingstad (Huron) 31-5 won by fall over Tyson Stoebner (Lennox) 44-7 (Fall 5:13)
Michael Lusk (Pierre) 37-2 won by decision over Cooper Voorhees (Rc Stevens) 43-13 (Dec 3-2)
Trey Hage (Vermillion) 42-3 won by decision over Creighton Klinkhammer (Brandon Valley) 35-7 (Dec 8-3)
TahJae Jenkins Harris (Huron) 35-5 won by major decision over Nolan Johnson (Madison) 32-6 (MD 13-2)
Bailey Brengle (Sturgis) 40-3 won by decision over Will Jarrott (Aberdeen Central) 32-17 (Dec 6-2)
Briggs Havlik (Mitchell) 38-3 won by decision over Collin Becker (Dakota Valley) 36-5 (Dec 7-2)
Collin Haar (Aberdeen Central) 45-7 won in sudden victory - 1 over Austin Senger (Pierre) 36-7 (SV-1 5-3)
Kolby Kost (Rc Central) 39-1 won by fall over Zach Witte (SF O`Gorman) 38-8 (Fall 4:37)
Jacob Schoon (Brookings) 29-1 won by decision over Nick Schirado (Harrisburg) 37-5 (Dec 4-0)
Dante Colicheski (Rc Stevens) 46-1 won by major decision over Brett Culver (Vermillion) 37-13 (MD 10-1)
Bridger Kraye (Rc Central) 52-7 won by decision over Wyatt Larsen (Huron) 36-4 (Dec 7-0)
Carson Max (Mitchell) 31-3 won by decision over Gabriel Rieger (Huron) 23-13 (Dec 9-3)
Joey Otta (SF Roosevelt) 37-5 won by fall over Gage Gehring (Pierre) 30-12 (Fall 4:00)
Brody Surrell (Vermillion) 42-6 won by fall over Joel Carpenter (Sturgis) 38-2 (Fall 2:51)
Logan Warzecha (Harrisburg) 40-3 won by injury default over Zack Siemonsma (Huron) 17-6 (Inj. 5:30)
Nash Hutmacher (Chamberlain) 45-0 won by fall over Kaden Johnson (Aberdeen Central) 40-12 (Fall 1:55)
Nick Casperson (Beresford/Alcester-Hudson) 37-0 won by fall over Sam Detert (Harrisburg) 27-12 (Fall 0:57)