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Parkston finishes second at Opbroek Invitational for second straight year

Parkston’s Andrew Semmler wrestles Bon Homme/Scotland’s Logan Rothschadl in a 195-pound match during the first round of the Jerry Opbroek Invitational Saturday at Mitchell High School. (Aaron Saunders/Republic2 / 3
Mitchell’s Briggs Havlik attempts to break free from the grasp of Bon Homme/Scotland’s Blake Konstanz during a 126-pound first round match at the Jerry Opbroek Invitational Saturday at Mitchell High School. (Aaron Saunders/Republic) 3 / 3

For the second straight year the Parkston Trojans wrestling team finished in second-place at the Jerry Opbroek Invitational at Mitchell High School.

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Last year it was Pierre, who kept the Trojans from the title. But Saturday it was Totino Grace of Minnesota, which played the role of spoiler, as it claimed the title with a score of 169.5. Parkston finished with 163. This is the second time this season the Trojans have finished behind Totino Grace. The other was in a dual at the Clash in Rochester, Minn., when the Eagles beat Parkston 36-28.

“We had a pretty good performance, but we could have gotten a couple more points from a couple of guys,” Parkston wrestling coach Jared Digmann said. “We won most of the matches we were supposed to win, but we have to pick up some matches that we are not supposed to.”

Midway through the championship rounds, the Trojans held a narrow lead over Totino Grace.

With five wrestlers battling for individual crowns and four wrestlers going for third place finishes, Parkston appeared to be in the driver seat. But the Trojans mustered just one win in the championship round and one victory in the third-place matches.

Parkston’s lone individual champion was Mitch Heisinger. The 182 pound senior beat Totino Grace’s Isaac Florell with a 3-1 decision. The match was tied at one into the third period, when Heisinger got a two-point take down and held on for the victory. Heisinger wrestled Florell at the Clash in Rochester, Minn., earlier this season and loss, after being pinned in the first period.

“It felt pretty good to win,” Heisinger said. “I knew I had to go out and give it my all so I did it.”

Parkston’s Blake Bietz and Wes Dvorak each lost in the finals prior to Heisinger’s match. Bietz dropped an 8-5 decision to Howard’s Luke Loudenburg, while Dvorak was pinned by Tontino Grace’s Walker Thiele.

Right after Heisinger’s victory, Andrew Semmler locked horns with Totino Grace’s Kez Flomo in a 195-pound match.

Semmler tried his best, but was outpointed by Flomo, who won a 9-4 decision.

Flomo’s win gave Totino Grace a 165.5-163 lead over Parkston coming into the final match of the night for both teams.

It was a showdown between one of the nation’s top wrestlers, Totino Grace’s Lance Benick and one of South Dakota’s best 220 pounders in Parkston’s Brady Reiff. The two met on the mat earlier this season with Benick winning a 9-4 decision.

Saturday Benick answered the bell again defeating Reiff 7-3 in a closely contested match. Reiff trailed by just two points for the better part of the third period, but was taken down right before the buzzer sounded to end the match.

“We knew coming down here it would be a tough tournament, but this was a gutsy performance from our guys,” Totino Grace wrestling coach Doug Svihel said. “We knew it was going to be close against Parkston. Coming down the stretch I wouldn’t any other wrestlers than the guys we had.”

The Trojans must bounce back quickly because they face Bon Homme/Scotland in a dual Tuesday in Tyndall.

Notes —Bon Homme/Scotland’s Duncan Stoebner (113), Howard’s Luke Loudenburg (132) Winner’s Sean Bice (138), Bon Homme/Scotland’s Austin Kaul (145), Wagner’s David Kocer (170) and Bon Homme/Scotland’s Dan Stibral (Hvt.) each claimed individual titles. Stibral beat previously unbeaten Dylan Bennett of Pierre 3-2 to earn his title.

Seven Kernels place at Opbroek tournament

Seven Mitchell High School wrestlers placed at the Jerry Opbroek Invitational Saturday at Mitchell High School.

Among them were third place finishers Landon Neugebauer, Ethan Parr and Tyson Sprinkel.

Neugebauer beat Totino Grace’s Pierce Rothenbacher in a 138-pound match, Parr beat Wagner’s Nick Dion at 145 and Sprinkel defeated Pierre’s Levi Stoltenburg in a 195-pound match.

“I think our team is coming together and really supporting each other and it is making us wrestle better,” Neugebauer said. “We have been working hard in practice and we have been wrestling as good as I have seen us wrestle in the last two years.”

Mitchell’s Alex Herrick (152), Matt Larson (160) and Trey Hohn (132) each finished fourth, while Chase Klingaman (220) finished fifth.

“We had some kids that did pretty darn well,” Mitchell wrestling coach Travis Carpenter said. “This is a tough tournament. You have to wrestle your tail off to get yourself just to place in a tournament like this.”

The Kernels finished in fifth place with 109 points, behind Rapid City Stevens, Pierre, Parkston and Totino Grace (Minn.).

Mitchell takes the mat again in a dual with Huron Friday at Mitchell High School.

Team Scores: 1. Totino Grace (Minn.) 169.5; 2. Parkston 163; 3. Pierre 155; 4. Rapid City Stevens 140; 5. Mitchell 109; 6. Bon Homme/Scotland 100.5; 7. Sturgis 98; 8. Winner 77; 9. Wagner 70.5; 10. Howard 55.

Championship Results: 106: Austin Senger (Pierre) dec. Cully Olson (Sturgis) 4-2; 113: Duncan Stoebner (Bon Homme/Scotland) dec. Brody Jorensen (Sturgis) 6-3; 120: Jebben Keyes (Pierre) pinned Alex Caba (Bon Homme/Scotland) 5:59; 126: Jordan Moser (Rapid City Stevens) dec. Christian Bahl (Totino Grace) 3-1; 132: Luke Loudenburg (Howard) dec. Blake Bietz (Parkston) 8-5; 138: Sean Bice (Winner) dec. Jesses Skidmore (Sturgis) 3-2; 145: Austin Kaul (Bon Homme) dec. Tyrel Haley (Winner) 9-5; 152: Walker Thiele (Totino Grace) pinned Wes Dvorak (Parkston) 5:40; 160: Kasey Klapprodt (Rapid City Stevens) dec. Tanner Henkel (Howard) 4-0; 170: David Kocer (Wagner) pinned Dawson Monfore (Pierre) 3:35; 182: Mitch Heisinger (Parkston) dec. Isaac Florell (Totino Grace) 3-1; 195: Kez Flomo (Totino Grace) dec. Andrew Semmler (Parkston) 9-4; 220: Lance Benick (Totino Grace) dec. Brady Reiff (Parkston) 7-3; 285: Dan Stibral (Bon Homme/Scotland) dec. Dylan Bennett (Pierre) 3-2;