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MHS wrestling team splits in Yankton

Mitchell's Ryan McGinnis, right, makes a move on Yankton's Taten Bahm during their 126-pound match in a wrestling triangular on Tuesday in Yankton. (James Cimburek / Yankton Press and Dakotan)

YANKTON — The Mitchell High School wrestling team split a pair of Eastern South Dakota Conference duals on Tuesday in Yankton.

Mitchell defeated Yankton 39-31 and fell to Harrisburg 43-19. Picking up two wins for Mitchell were Sutton Carpenter (145 pounds), Briggs Havlik (160), Carter Max (182) and Carson Max (195).

"We didn't do our best but we battled," MHS head coach Travis Carpenter said. "Against Yankton, the dual went as expected. Against Harrisburg, we were without our 113-pounder and 138-pounder, so we threw in some younger kids again. Overall, we're building."

According to Carpenter, Ryan McGinnis (126) was leading Yankton's Taten Bahm 8-0 before getting caught in a bad position and pinned. McGinnis bounced back with a 4-2 win over Harrisburg's Dylan Hage, while Brock Sparks (106) and Kyler Bauder (120) each added wins against the Tigers.

Coach Carpenter pointed to Sutton Carpenter's narrow 8-6 decision over Harrisburg's Nolan Hoback as an example of what the Kernels want to continue to do.

"We're starting to win some of those close, tight matches," Carpenter said. "Things like that are what is going to push us over the edge. (Wins like that) are contagious. Kids see that and want to do that."

Mitchell is back on that mat at the Yankton Invitational on Saturday in Yankton.