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Mitchell qualifies nine for state meet

CHAMBERLAIN -- The Mitchell Kernels placed nine wrestlers in the top four of their respective weight classes at the Region 3A meet Saturday in Chamberlain. All nine will represent the Kernels at this weekend’s Class A state tournament.

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Mitchell finished fourth as a team with 130 points, while Aberdeen Central took first with nine individual victories and 245.5 points.

“It was a good day for our kids, with seven in the finals,” Mitchell coach Travis Carpenter said. “It’s exciting for the nine kids that get to go to state.”

Two Kernels took first place at the tournament, with Alex Herrick (152) and Tyson Sprinkel (195) each picking up individual titles. Herrick, a No. 2 seed at the Region, won a decision over Aberdeen Central’s Grayson Neuharth 8-4. Sprinkel topped Tyler Kleinsasser of Huron 5-3.

“It played out pretty similar to what we thought,” Carpenter said.

The Kernels picked up five second-place finishes, including Briggs Havlik (126), Landon Neugebauer (138), Ethan Parr (145), Matt Larson (160) and Chase Klingaman (220).

Other state qualifiers for the Kernels include Trey Hohn, who finished fourth in the 132-pound weight class, and Robert McCardle by taking third place at 285 pounds.

The Chamberlain Cubs finished fifth in the Region as a team with 32 points and qualified four wrestlers for state.

Nick Claussen placed the highest for the Cubs, taking third at 195 pounds by pinning Aberdeen Central’s Trevor Rau.

Chamberlain’s Collin Powell (106), Spencer Kirkpatrick (113) and Austin Cheney (220) each finished fourth in their weight classes to qualify for this weekend’s state tournament.  

The Class A state tournament starts Friday in Rapid City.

Team standings:

1. Aberdeen Central 245.5; 2. Pierre 179.5; 3. Huron 169.5; 4. Mitchell 130. 5. Chamberlain 32; 6. Todd County 26; 7. Cheyenne Eagle Butte/Dupree 3.

Individual results:

(Championships and area) 106: Austin Senger P def. Victor Padilla AC 5-2; Third Place, Chip Shillingstad H def Collin Powell C 10-5; 113: Josh Moore AC pinned Trent Francom H; Third Place, Aric Williams P def. Spencer Kirkpatrick C 16-1; 120: Jebben Keyes won by forfeit; 126: Seth Moore AC pinned Briggs Havlik M; 132: Chet Glanzer def Tanner Monfore P 10-3; Third place, Trevor Larson AC def Trey Hohn M 9-2; 138: Mitchell Johnson AC def Landon Neugebauer M 4-2; 145: Zach Russman AC pinned Ethan Parr M; 152: Alex Herrick M def. Grayson Neuharth AC 8-4; 160: Tyson Mitzel AC def. Matt Larson M 13-0; 170: John Frisco AC pinned Dawson Monfore P; 182: Cole Carlson AC def. Bailey Schoenfelder H 11-7; 195: Tyson Sprinkel M def Tyler Kleinsasser H 5-3; Third place, Nick Claussen C pinned Trevor Rau AC; 220: Dalton Cox AC def. Chase Klingaman M 12-1; Third place, Jeremiah Johnson H def. Austin Cheney C 6-3; 285: Sam Schaunaman AC def Dylan Bennett P 2-1; Third place, Robert McCardle M pinned Josh Waagen H.