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Kernels send 10 to state finals

ABERDEEN -- The Mitchell wrestling team took fourth place at the 3A Regional meet in Aberdeen Saturday while claiming three individual champions and sending 10 to the state tournament in Watertown.

ABERDEEN -- The Mitchell wrestling team took fourth place at the 3A Regional meet in Aberdeen Saturday while claiming three individual champions and sending 10 to the state tournament in Watertown.

"We finally had one of those days where everyone performed," Kernels head coach Travis Carpenter said. "The motivation was there for them to qualify for the state meet, and hopefully we can carry that same motivation into this weekend."

Mitchell finished with a total of 160½ points, behind first place Aberdeen (188), Winner (173) and Huron (171).

Justin Greenway (135), Brent Havlik (145) and Jordan Reiner (171) led Mitchell to individual championships, and the Kernels had four runner-up finishers, two third-place winners and a fourth-place finisher.

Greenway, who has jumped back onto the mat in winning style after missing most of the season with a broken leg, is undefeated since returning to the mat, won the district tournament last weekend and recorded a 9-4 decision over Aberdeen's Lance Habeck in the finals match.

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Havlik, who is a freshman, knocked off the No. 2- and No. 1-seeded wrestlers en route to his 145-pound bracket win.

"Brent has beaten some really good kids this season, and then he's lost some matches that he felt he could have won," Carpenter said. "He wrestled some very good kids and wrestled very controlled in his way to the regional championship."

Reiner, the junior who is undefeated this season, edged Aberdeen's Josh Larson 3-2 in the finals to take the 171-pound bracket.

Taking second on the day were Nick Kummer (125), Jason Greenway (130), Austin Havlik and Kyle Larson (215).

Larson fell to Baker Haar of Aberdeen in the finals match for his third time this season. Carpenter said it would take a perfect match for Larson to beat Haar.

"Kyle is a small 215 pounder," Carpenter said. "He's wrestling kids that are all of 215 pounds, and unfortunately his a little undersized, but he works extremely hard."

Third place finishers for Mitchell were Lakin Neugebauer (103), who defeated Sean Brice of Winner 10-8 in the third-place match, and Ryan Buck (140), who pinned Taylor Novotny for third.

Wes McPherson (285) took fourth place in his bracket and will also compete at the state meet.

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"I expect a lot from all of the kids, and the kids who have placed at the state tournament need to be leaders for the kids who haven't been to that state meet," Carpenter said.

Only three Mitchell wrestlers who attended the meet Saturday didn't make it through to the state tournament.

Cole Johnson went 0-2 at 189 pounds, and Chance Parr (152) and Skylar Neugebauer (112) each went 1-2.

Skylar Neugebauer finished his Mitchell High School wrestling career Saturday. After joining the wrestling team midway through the season last year and making state, Carpenter said Neugebauer gave a lot to the wrestling program.

For the Winner wrestling team, which will send 12 wrestlers to the state tournament, Jayd Docken (189), Ted Wonnenberg (160) and Cody Novotny (125) all won their respective weight classes.

Taking second for Winner were Kyle Higgins (112), Blake Burnham (152) and Isaiah Curtis (285). Warrior third-place finishers were Steve Storms (171) and Sylan Donahue (215), and fourth place finishers were Sean Bice (103), Cole Phillips (112), Jesse Docken (135) and Taylor Novotny (140).

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