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Kernel wrestlers place fourth at Watertown

WATERTOWN — The Mitchell High School wrestling team went 2-2 in duals and finished fourth at the Watertown invitational dual tournament Saturday in Watertown.

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After falling in their first match to Watertown 39-23, the Kernels topped Milbank 57-24. Mitchell won all of the matches that it competed in, as the team has four open flights.

Mitchell topped Yankton 47-30, before falling to Pierre 40-22 in the third place match. Against Pierre, the Kernels won six of the 10 matches in which they competed.

Pierre topped Mitchell in a dual meet Friday 48-25.

“We wrestled very well with being down four weight classes,” Mitchell coach Travis Carpenter said. “To go down 24 points before you start a match and to compete with these teams is good.”

Alex Herrick won all five of his matches in the 152-pound weight class, while Matt Larson and Tyson Sprinkel also went 5-0 at 160 and 195, respectively.

Ethan Parr, Trey Hohn and Robert McCardle each finished the day with one loss for the Kernels.

Aberdeen won the event, knocking off host Watertown in the finals 43-32.

The Kernels will be in Rapid City for a tournament at 9 a.m. Friday.

Team Results: Watertown 65, Yankton 18; Watertown 76, Milbank 0; Watertown 39, Mitchell 23; Mitchell 57, Milbank 24; Mitchell 47, Yankton 30; Yankton 52, Milbank 27; Pierre 50, Huron 22; Aberdeen 39, Huron 24; Huron 37, Canby 33; Aberdeen 44, Canby 12; Pierre 50, Canby 12; Aberdeen 36, Pierre 31.

Final round: Championship: Aberdeen 43, Watertown 32; Third place: Pierre 40, Mitchell 22; Fifth place: Huron 64, Yankton 18; Seventh place: Canby 66, Milbank 10.

JV team results: Championship: Watertown 48, Aberdeen 30; Third place: Mitchell 18, Pierre 3; Fifth place: Huron 39, Yankton 30; Seventh place: Canby 70, Milbank 12.