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Parkston wins second straight Class B state title

Parkston's Mitch Heisinger, right, wrestles Beresford's Josh Casperson in the 182-pound final at the Class B state tournament Saturday at the Barnett Center in Aberdeen. The Trojans won their second straight Class B title. (Nick McCutcheon/Republic).1 / 2
Brady Reiff of Parkston, top, tries to roll Ryley Ostbye of Canton over in a 220-pound semifinal at the Class B state tournament Saturday in Aberdeen. (Nick McCutcheon/Republic)2 / 2

ABERDEEN -- The Parkston Trojans came to the Class B state tournament in full force and proceeded to methodically swarm the competition.

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Thirteen wrestlers represented Parkston at the event, with 12 leaving with medals. The team scored 158 points, the second best in Class B history, six points shy of the record the team set last season.

“It’s the same team but a different team as well,” Parkston coach Jared Digmann said after the conclusion of the tournament. “When one person falls on this team, another picks it up and gets in there.”

Parkston brought 13 wrestlers to the tournament of a possible 14.

Philip Area finished a distant second with 134 points, while Beresford took third with 111.

The lone Parkston individual champion came at 220 pounds, where junior Brady Reiff scored his second-consecutive state title in a 6-2 decision against Chase Scheonhard, of Mobridge-Pollack. Reiff finished his season with a 43-3 record.

Senior Mitch Heisinger, the second of two Parkston wrestlers in the finals, lost his final in a 6-4 decision to Beresford’s Josh Casperson. Trojan freshman Blake Bietz (132) and junior Weslee Dvorak (152) each finished third.

Other Trojan placers included junior Austin Bertram taking fourth at 285 pounds, while freshman Logan Mahoney (113), eighth-grader Dawson Semmler (126), junior Miles Semmler (170) and senior Andrew Semmler (195) each took fifth. Junior Dillon Stadlman (160) placed sixth, freshman Kyler Holzbauer (120) picked up a seventh-place finish and senior Jake Weber (138) was eighth.

“This one was a lot more exciting, with 12 of us placing,” Dawson Semmler said. “Most teams don’t even bring 12 guys and we placed 12.” 

The Trojans will return nine state placers next season, as the team will attempt to raise a third-straight Class B trophy. The last team to win three in a row was Wagner, which accomplished the feat in 2008-10. A three-peat has happened just twice in Class B history. Faulkton also won three-consecutive seasons starting in 1971.

Bon Homme/Scotland makes the most of its chances

The Bon Homme/Scotland wrestling team brought seven wrestlers to the Class B state tournament, with five competing in the semifinals Saturday.

BH/S took home three individual state titles and finished fifth as a team with 106 points in the first year of the combined program.

“We knew this was a possibility, but we didn’t expect it,” BH/S coach Mark Stoebner said.

The championship round for BH/S got off to a quick start, as junior Duncan Stoebner won his second state title, pinning Winner’s Patrick Aeschbacher at 113 pounds.

In the next match, sophomore Alex Caba (120) picked up a state championship with a 4-1 decision over Kelby Hawkins, of Groton Area. Caba secured the win on a takedown with less than 30 seconds left in a scoreless match.

BH/S fans waited until the last match of the Class B tournament to see the team’s third champion finish his run. Junior Dan Stibral (285) won a 3-2 double-overtime decision against Brody Peterson, of Lemmon/McIntosh, with an escape after holding on several times just prior to taking the lead. Stibral finished his season a perfect 40-0, and is one of just three Class B wrestlers to win a title with an undefeated record.

“He is probably a lot quicker as a heavyweight than most and that allows him to stay in some of his close matches,” Stoebner said, adding Stibral has had many close calls without taking a loss this year.

BH/S had two more medal winners, with senior Austin Kaul (145) finishing third and freshman Stas Sutera (106) taking fifth.

Howard, Winner squads place

Howard had two wrestlers take titles in back-to-back matches in the championship round, as the Tigers placed seventh with 77 points.

Luke Loudenburg won his third-straight state title, taking the podium as the 132-pound champion after topping Rance Johnson, of Philip, 9-4.

“You work all year long and to have two kids win state titles back-to-back is pretty special,” Howard coach Tyler Dahl said. “To bring just five kids and place at the state tournament is huge.”

Junior Bailey Nieses (126) took first to get the Tigers started in the championship round.

Winner also made its way to the team podium, placing eighth with 72.5 points.

Sean Bice picked up a championship for the Warriors, winning at 138 pounds with a 9-3  decision over Webster’s Nolan Richie. Patrick Aeschbacher (113) finished second after being pinned by Bon Homme/Scotland’s Duncan Stoebner in the finals.

Wagner’s David Kocer won his second state title, doing so in a familiar fashion. Kocer, a senior, topped Philip Area’s Chandlier Sudbeck in the 170-pound final with a 3-2 decision. Kocer beat Sudbeck in 2013 in the 160-pound final.

Burke/Gregory senior Levi Schoenbaum finished second at 145 pounds, falling to Tri-Valley’s Ryan Schuman, the top-rated wrestler in the weight class, on a 1-0 decision.