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Havlik, Max advance to semis for Kernels

Mitchell's Kyler Bauder wrestles Pierre's Lincoln Turman during their 120-pound Class A quarterfinal match Friday at the state wrestling tournament in Sioux Falls. (Matt Gade / Republic)

SIOUX FALLS—Briggs Havlik and Carson Max defended their top seeds for the Mitchell High School wrestling team on the first day of the Class A state tournament Friday at the Premier Center in Sioux Falls.

Havlik (160 pounds) and Max (195) each advanced to the semifinal match in their respective weight classes. Havlik pinned Tea Area's J.T. Panning in the opening round and defeated Rapid City Central's Wyatt Jungclaus 4-0 in the quarterfinals. Max also had an opening round pinfall victory over Sioux Falls O'Gorman's Nick Hillberg and outlasted Rapid City Stevens' Anthony Knodell 3-1 in the quarterfinals.

Havlik, who improved to 37-3 on the season, will face Dakota Valley's Collin Becker today, while Max (30-3) takes on Huron's Gabriel Rieger. Today's semifinal action begins at 10 a.m.

"We'll make up a game plan and those guys will follow it," MHS head coach Travis Carpenter said. "They'll wrestle like it's the last match of their year."

Along with Havlik and Max, Kyler Bauder (120) advanced to the second day of the tournament, winning his wrestleback match 4-3 over Vermillion's Jarrett Rueb. As a team, Mitchell finished with 31 team points and sits tied for 15th place out of 31 Class A schools. Rapid City Stevens (88.5 points) leads three-time defending state champion Pierre (85 points).

Seven Kernels—Ryan McGinnis (126), Logan Sparks (132), Cole Gehrke (138), Sutton Carpenter (145), Max Schoenfelder, Carter Max (182) and Beau Foote (220)—each had their season come to a close on Friday.

"In round one, we lost three one-point matches. Losing those was big right off the bat," Carpenter said. "I can't be disappointed with our effort. We battled and it didn't go our way."

Chamberlain finished the first day in 10th place, with four kids advancing to the second day. Max Donovan (113), Collin Powell (120) and Nash Hutmacher (285) each advanced to the semifinals. Hutmacher, last year's heavyweight champion, extended his match winning streak to 88 with two pinfall victories on Friday. At 106 pounds, Gabe Skustad won his wrestleback match over Yankton's Tucker Bahm 5-2 to earn a podium spot.

"We've got more matches to go, this is just the start," Chamberlain head coach John Donovan said. "They just have to wrestle their matches and do what they do. We'll take it one period at a time and see what happens."