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Mitchell wrestling team falls to Pierre in season opener

Mitchell’s Preston Skinner takes on Pierre’s Quinn Reimers in a 182-pound match during Friday’s ESD dual in Pierre. Pierre won 48-25. (Wade LaRoche/Capital Journal)

PIERRE — Of the 10 matches wrestled in the Kernels’ season opener Friday, the Mitchell wrestling team won five with three pins.

But the Kernels had four open weight classes and fell to the Pierre Governors 48-25 in an Eastern South Dakota Conference dual in Pierre.

Alex Herrick (152), Matt Larson (160) and Tyson Sprinkel (195) each earned pins in their first matches of the season.

“We didn’t wrestle too bad,” Mitchell head coach Travis Carpenter said. “We got bonus points from a few kids and hopefully a couple kids will catch onto that because bonus points will be important when we give up those open classes.”

Trey Hohn (138) and Ethan Parr (145) also won their matches Friday.

Carpenter said now that his team has competition under its belt, the wrestlers can work to improve on their mistakes.

“There are a lot of things we can obviously do better, but the group we threw on the mat tonight did well,” he said.

The Kernels turn back around to compete in the Watertown Invite at 10 a.m. today in Watertown.

Pierre 48, Mitchell 25

106: Austin Senger (P) won by forfeit; 113: Aric Williams (P) won by forfeit; 120: Vicente Ramirez (P) won by forfeit; 126: Jebben Keyes (P) pinned Briggs Havlik, 1:50; 132: Spencer Sarringar (P) won by forfeit; 138: Trey Hohn (M) def. Luke Snyder; 145: Ethan Parr (M) def. Alec Williams; 152: Alex Herrick (M) pinned Lucas Stoltenburg, 5:44; 160: Matt Larson (M) pinned Wyatt Leesman, 4:20; 170: Dawson Monfore (P) pinned Zach Smith, :57; 182: Quinn Reimers (P) def. Preston Skinner 7-0; 195: Tyson Sprinkel (M) pinned Levi Stoltenburg, 5:49; 220: Trace Scott (P) pinned Chase Klingaman, 1:14; HWT: Dylan Bennett (P) def. Robert McCardle 3-0. Exhibition matches

152: Jared Morris (M) def. Skyler Leesman 8-2; 152: Tanner Vilhauer (M) pinned Nick Wiebe, 5:19; 182: Slayte Petersen (P) pinned Alex Klingaman, :44; 160: Jared Morris (M) def. Lucas Kessler 8-7; 195: Hunter Shamitt (M) pinned Ty Paulson, 5:29; 220: Mitch Morgan (M) def. Ty Paulson 5-2.