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The grind of a long wrestling season is starting to catch up with the Chamberlain wrestling team. The Cubs started the season healthy but recent injuries and illness have started to creep up on the squad. In its dual with Mitchell Thursday night, three Chamberlain wrestlers were sidelined. Logan Pickner (120) and Tyler Myers (182) were both out with the flu, while Nick Claussen, who wrestles at 195 pounds, was out with a chest bruise. "Lately, we have been dealing with a lot of injuries and kids being sick," Chamberlain coach John Donovan said.
Despite being without two of its top wrestlers, the Mitchell wrestling team came away with a win Thursday night. The Kernels, who were without junior Alex Herrick and sophomore Matt Larson due to injuries, got their second dual win of the season after defeating Chamberlain 54-20 in the second match of a double dual. In the first match of the night, the Kernels fell to Brookings 51-18 in an Eastern South Dakota Conference matchup.
The Dakota Wesleyan University wrestling team is 6-4 in duals this year and ranked 17th in the NAIA this season. Leading that charge is sophomore Kyle Gerlach. The Mount Vernon native has 19 wins, his latest came Tuesday with a 9-4 decision over Briar Cliff's Dylan Kavanaugh at 157 pounds. "The season has been going really good this year," said Gerlach, who has set a goal of reaching the podium at the NAIA national tournament in March. "We had a pretty good offseason this year and I think it has really been paying off.
With only two weeks left in its regular season, the Mitchell wrestling team is preparing for postseason matches. But it is doing so without two of its most successful wrestlers. The Kernels, who are 1-8 in duals this season, host a double dual at 6 p.m. today in Mitchell against Brookings and Chamberlain. Mitchell duals Brookings at 6 p.m. and then takes on Chamberlain at approximately 7:30 p.m. Both matches are at the Mitchell High School gymnasium. Mitchell's Matt Larson and Alex Herrick will not be competing.
The Dakota Wesleyan women's basketball team struggled to accrue points during the first half of its game against Mount Marty College Wednesday night at Corn Palace. The Tigers went scoreless in their first six possessions en route to shooting 20 percent from the field in the first half. DWU made just seven of its 35 first half shots and finished the half with 18 points. Three of those seven buckets came from Katie Johnson, who scored seven points in the first half to keep the Tigers within striking distance.
ALEXANDRIA -- Myah Selland scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds as the Sanborn Central/Woonsocket girls' basketball team defeated Hanson 59-46 Monday. Selland's numbers are not out of the ordinary, but she is. The 6-foot-1 guard is in the eighth grade and playing major minutes for SC/W (10-1). Selland, who also plays on the JV team, was the only eighth-grader on the court but her performance out shadowed her youth. "It's tough but my teammates help, and they make it a lot easier for me," Selland said.
With five minutes to go in the Dakota Wesleyan vs. Concordia game, the Corn Palace was abuzz. Every time the Tigers scored a bucket, fans answered with a cheer. And in contrast when the referees made a call the fans didn't approve of, the fans jeered. Simply put, the game was intense, and everyone in the Corn Palace knew it, including Dakota Wesleyan women's basketball team. "We knew it would be crazy down the stretch, especially with our fans at home," DWU forward Kim Johnson said.
For the first twenty minutes of the Dakota Wesleyan vs. Concordia University women's basketball game, DWU guard Amanda Hart couldn't score a basket. The junior was 0-of-4 from the field and 0-of-3 from behind the arc. Still the Alexandria native kept shooting and eventually found her stroke. Hart knocked down two three-pointers in the second half, but the most important three-ball Hart made, came with the game tied with less than three minutes to go. As the shot clock was about to hit zero, Hart released the ball in the nick of time and the shot went in touching nothing but the net.
By AARON SAUNDERS The Daily Republic Canistota's Alex Robertson and White River's Wyatt Krogman are pretty familiar with each other. The two senior guards have gone head-to-head on the basketball court during high school basketball seasons and in practice in past years as members of the South Dakota Heat. The pair got even more acquainted Saturday night in the final game of the Hanson Boys Corn Palace Classic in Mitchell. Each guard led his team in scoring and assists but at night's end, it was Krogman, who had the upper hand as No. 1 White River defeated No. 2 Canistota 62-50.
When the Mitchell Christian boys' basketball team stepped on the court Friday night to face Tripp-Delmont/Armour, it was already down two starters. The Eagles were without Adam Rasmussen, who was on a mission trip, and Jackson Feiner, who was out with a bad back. By the game's end, the Eagles fell to TDA 52-39 and were down four players as junior guard/forward Aaron Lemon and senior guard Keegan Larson-Shields both went down with knee injuries. "We were shorthanded, but we don't want to use that as an excuse.