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Parkston ahead of own record pace at Class B tournament

Parkston's Dawson Semmler wrestles Jess Karber of Clark/Willow Lake at the Class B state tournament Friday at the Barnett Center in Aberdeen. (Nick McCutcheon/Republic)

ABERDEEN -- The defending Class B state champion Parkston Trojans are ahead of the record pace the team set in the state tournament last year after the first day at the Barnett Center in Aberdeen.

After the first day of competition, the Trojans lead the Class B field with 88 points, 22 ahead of second-place Philip Area.

“We are going to place 12 wrestlers,” Parkston coach Jared Digmann excitedly said after the final round Friday. “We have six guys in the semis and had a tremendous wrestleback round to close out the day.”

The Trojans have 12 of their 13 wrestlers still in the competition, with six still having a shot at an individual state title. The Class B state tournament continues today with the semifinal round at 10 a.m. at the Barnett Center.

When the Trojans set a Class B tournament record with 164 points last season, they finished the first day with 77 points and 10 wrestlers still alive.

Parkston’s Dawson Semmler (126), Blake Bietz (132), Weslee Dvorak (152), Mitch Heisinger (182), Brady Reiff (225) and Austin Bertram (285) all went 2-0 Friday for a spot in the semifinals.

Jake Weber (138) and Andrew Semmler (195) each knocked off a returning state runner-up in the wrestleback round to stay alive for Parkston. Weber defeated Burke/Gregory’s Kurt Braun and Semmler defeated Trevor Lensing, of Wagner.

“We had a few hiccups in the quarterfinal round, and lost some matches that maybe we shouldn’t have,” Digmann said. “But to come back like that is huge because we need the points from those guys.”

Logan Mahoney (113), Kyler Holzbauer (120), Dillon Stadlman (160) and Miles Semmler are also returning to the mat for the Trojans today. Austin Ripp (145) was the lone Trojan eliminated from the tournament, going 0-2.

Parkston won six of seven wrestleback matches and in doing so, created distance from second-place Philip, which only won one of its seven wrestlebacks.

BH/S with five in semis

Bon Homme/Scotland bookended the quarterfinal round in style, with the team winning all five of its quarterfinal matches.

Stas Sutera got BH/S started with a win in the quarterfinals at 106 pounds, and after defending state champion Duncan Stoebner (113) got through with a default, Alex Caba picked up a narrow 5-4 decision to advance to the final four at 120 pounds.

“Pushing five through was what we had to do because we don’t have the numbers that some of these other teams do,” BH/S coach Mark Stoebner said. “We are going to have to push them through tomorrow, too.”

Austin Kaul (145) advanced to the semifinals before Dan Stribal (285) continued his undefeated season -- 38-0 -- with two more wins to move on.

BH/S brought seven wrestlers to the competition.

BH/S sits in sixth place as a team with 49 points, but is just eight points behind third-place Canton.

38 area wrestlers remain

The Class B state tournament started with 64 area wrestlers from 13 teams Friday, and after the first day of competition, 38 will wrestle today.

Winner saw six wrestlers get through the first day, with Patrick Aeshbacher (113) and Sean Bice (138) reaching the semifinals of their respective weight classes. Winner is in seventh place as a team with 43.5 points.

Howard is ninth with 38 points. Bailey Neises (126), Luke Loudenburg (132) and Tanner Henkel (160) each reached the semifinals for the Tigers.

McCook Central/Montrose has two wrestlers going for a state title today, as Jerry Kappenman (170) and John Hoiten (182) each went 2-0 on day one. Burke/Gregory’s Levi Schonebaum also made the final four, winning his two matches at 145 pounds.