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SIOUX FALLS -- Stas Sutera did what he intended to do when he came back to Bon Homme/Scotland this season. After winning a championship in Canton last season, Sutera won the 132-pound championship Saturday night with an 8-0 major decision victory in the Class B state wrestling tournament at the Premier Center in Sioux Falls. In the process, he joined a list of Bon Homme wrestling legends that he said he admired.
From start to finish, it was Tripp-Delmont/Armour’s night on Friday at the Corn Palace. The Nighthawks’ girls basketball team pounced for an early 12-2 lead and never let Platte-Geddes back into Friday’s District 11B girls basketball championship game, as TDA claimed a 54-42 victory. TDA will face Avon on Thursday at the Corn Palace for the Region 6B championship and the right to advance to the Class B state tournament.
PLANKINTON — After placing in the previous two Class B state wrestling tournaments, Marcus Urban can make a statement this weekend. Urban, who is 40-6 as a senior this year, is looking to close out his high school career for Mount Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney with a state championship at 152 pounds. He will face Kyle Laubach (36-17), of Canton, in the first round, which kicks off at 10 a.m. "It's been a good year but there's more on the table," Urban said. "It's all been building to this time of the year."
HURON — Behind balance on offense and vigorous defense, the Sanborn Central/Woonsocket girls basketball team blew away any doubt about the District 6B championship game Thursday night. The Blackhawks, the top seed in the district and No. 2-ranked team in Class B, led by as much as 36 points in the second half and breezed to a 60-31 victory over Wolsey-Wessington at the Huron Arena.
WINNER — Like a closer in baseball, Winner Area wrestler Kayleb Brozik qualifies as the team's stopper. When the Warriors need a win, they know Brozik will be the man to deliver. A senior, Brozik has delivered in bunches this season, building a 42-4 record at 170 pounds and qualifying as the No. 1 seed in the Class B bracket heading to the South Dakota State Wrestling Tournament Friday and Saturday in Sioux Falls. "He's the heart and soul of this team," Winner Area coach Spencer Novotny said. "He's the guy we lean on."
It's already an exciting time this week for South Dakota prep wrestling, as 448 wrestlers will gather from more than 70 schools for the state tournament in Sioux Falls on Friday and Saturday. But this year's tournament brings about a different way of ordering those wrestlers in the 16-man brackets in both Class A and Class B, as the state meet is being seeded for the first time in an attempt to balance the bracket.
WAGNER — It went to the wire in Wagner Saturday, but Winner Area pulled out the Region 3B wrestling team championship. The Warriors used a championship pin from Kayleb Brozik at 170 pounds to help propel them past Bon Homme/Scotland for the team title with 138 points. Bon Homme/Scotland was second with 134 points and Parkston—which had a tournament-best four individual champions—was third with 129 points.
BROOKINGS — One attribute resonates when Alex and David Kocer speak about wrestling for South Dakota State University. Pride. They're prideful of the Jackrabbits' success, climbing to No. 15 as a team in the national rankings, something that seemed out of the realm of possibility in 2013 when Alex, now a senior, joined the team. Similarly, they're proud to represent the state as homegrown South Dakota talent. And they're proud that they've been able to wrestle together dating back more than 15 years, when David was just five years old.
What is the right way to decide how teams qualify for Class AA basketball and volleyball state tournaments? Depends on who you ask. As for Mitchell's contingent of coaches and athletic administrators, they're not in favor of a plan to seed the Class AA playoffs 1-through-16 and eliminating the district and region playoffs used to qualify for the state tournament. Under proposals from the advisory committees in basketball and volleyball, a one-game playoff would decide the eight qualifying teams for the state tournament.
With the approval of a new lease with the Mitchell School District to use Joe Quintal Field, Dakota Wesleyan University has upped its commitment to the local facility. About 10 times as much, to be more precise. The lease between DWU and the school district to help pay for a new artificial turf surface is for at least 10 years, starting with DWU paying $30,000 a year to play its 2018 home football games at the facility.