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Crownover uses brotherly advice, calm demeanor to win 182-pound Class B title

Crownover, a junior for Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon, defeated Winner's Jack Kruger 3-2.

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Isaac Crownover, of Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon, celebrates after winning the Class B 182-pound state championship Friday, Sept. 25, 2022, in Sioux Falls.
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SIOUX FALLS -- Empty your mind.

That was the advice Isaac Crownover heard going into a state title match.

The messenger was his brother, Josh, a two-time state wrestling champion, and it worked.

With a one-point lead going into the third period, Isaac Crownover rode out Winner’s Jack Kruger to claim the Class B 182-pound state championship Friday in Sioux Falls.

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Isaac Crownover, of Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon, wrestles Winner's Jack Kruger in the Class B 182-pound state championship Friday, Sept. 25, 2022, in Sioux Falls.
Luke Hagen / Mitchell Republic

Crownover, a junior for Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon, defeated Kruger 3-2.

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“I had nothing on my mind,” Crownover said shortly after winning his first state championship to cap a 46-2 season. “I felt light as a feather out there.”

Crownover, whose brother won titles in 2018 and 2019, needed to stay calm in the title match. After a scoreless first period, he gave up a takedown in the second period to trail 2-1. Crownover and Kruger wrestled multiple times this season, so they knew each other well.

“Every match I had with him has been closer and closer,” Crownover said.

Kruger, also a junior, knocked off senior and second-seeded Corbin Schwartz 10-4 in the semifinals.

Crownover, the top seed at 182 who cruised through his first three state matches, stayed calm and scored a reversal in the second period to take advantage going into the final two minutes. After Kruger chose down, Crownover rode him out -- battling off multiple stand-up attempts -- to wrap up his season with a title.

“I knew I could come back. I knew I had it in me,” said Crownover, who took third at state as a freshman at 126 pounds and fifth last year at 152.

Now he goes into his senior season with a chance to repeat, just like his brother.

Luke Hagen was promoted to editor of the Mitchell Republic in 2014. He has worked for the newspaper since 2008 and has covered sports, outdoors, education, features and breaking news. He can be reached at lhagen@mitchellrepublic.com.
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