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Three Kernels take first at Warrior Invite

Three Mitchell High School wrestlers placed first at the Sioux Falls Washington Warrior Invitational on Saturday in Sioux Falls.

As a team, the Kernels placed fourth with 151 points, four points away from Vermillion, which took third with 154.5 points. Watertown won the eight-team tournament with 220 points.

Winning their respective weight classes were Briggs Havlik (160 pounds), Carter Max (182) and Carson Max (195).

"Three champions is nice. In the final round, we ended up 7-3 and I was happy with the way we finished," MHS head coach Travis Carpenter said. "It was a good day and we have a bright future ahead."

Havlik cruised to the title at 160 pounds, winning three matches by pinfall to improve to 12-1 on the season. Carson Max earned a pin in his first match and won 5-1 over Vermillion's Kobe Culver in the championship match, while Carter Max outlasted Watertown's Jayden Hartford in overtime for a 10-6 victory in the title match.

"He kept the pressure on and wore the kid out essentially to beat him in a tiebreaker. It was a great match for him," Carpenter said about Carter Max's championship match. "It's great to have him back on the mat. He's doing everything he can to win and score as many points for his team."

At 120 pounds, Kyler Bauder took second, while Ryan McGinnis finished third at 126 pounds. Also placing for Mitchell were Blake Stange (fifth at 113), Sutton Carpenter (fourth at 145), Max Schoenfelder (fifth at 170), Wyatt Winter (fifth at 220) and Mitch Schladweiler (fifth at 285).

Carpenter credditted both Bauder and McGinnis for wrestling strong tournaments and added his team is eager to improving.

"We've got a lot of individual tournaments coming up and we want to hit them at full speed with everybody in the lineup," Carpenter said. "That'll get us ready for the region and state meets."

Mitchell hosts Huron in a dual at 7 p.m. on Thursday in Mitchell.

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Team scores: 1. Watertown, 220; 2. Brandon Valley, 217.5; 3. Vermillion, 154.5; 4. Mitchell, 151; 5. Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 123.5; 6. Yankton, 111; 7. Sioux Falls Washington, 51; 8. Adrian (Minn.), 49.