Breakout wrestling seasons: Four area wrestlers having successful seasons leading into state tourney
These four area wrestlers are having breakout campaigns this year.
The prep wrestling season is quickly coming to a conclusion, with the state tournament scheduled for Feb. 25-27 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City.
While state champions returned and will get a crack at defending their title later this month, there have also been wrestlers having breakout campaigns. Here are four wrestlers who are contenders to make some noise.
Kasen Konstanz, KWLPG
Konstanz has yet to be beaten, as Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes has racked up a 16-2 dual record. The 113-pound freshman is 26-0 this season, as KWLPG ranks third in Class B in seed points behind only Canton and Winner Area.
As an eighth-grader last season, Konstanz, who wrestled at 106 pounds, finished 40-9 and took sixth at the state tournament.
Konstanz took first place at the Tri-Valley Invite (106 pounds), Mount Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney Invite (113) and Faulkton Invite (113) this year. He defeated Redfield Area’s Mason Whitley, 4-1, in the championship match at the MVPCS Invite, while earning a 9-0 major decision against Clark/Willow Lake’s Joshua Kannegieter in Faulkton.
Jackson Remmers, MCM
McCook Central/Montrose is having another successful season, with 138-pound Jackson Remmers having a breakout campaign. The Fighting Cougars are currently fourth in seed points in Class B.
At 126 pounds last season, Remmers placed fourth to cap a 48-9 record. Now, the freshman is 29-2.
He has claimed three first-place finishes at tournaments this season. Remmers earned decision wins over Webster Area’s Cael Larson, Canton’s Andy Meyer and Howard’s Kieffer Klinkhammer in championship matches this year. One of his losses came to Redfield Area’s Bradyn Robbins in the 138-pound title match at the MVPCS Invite.
Quinten Christensen, WSWWW
Christensen came a match away from wrestling for a state championship last year. The Wessington Springs/Woonsocket/Wolsey-Wessington junior has helped it earn a 10-2 dual record, ranking fifth in Class B seed points.
He has followed up a 44-7 campaign with high finishes at WSWWW’s tournaments. At 285 pounds, Christensen earned titles at the Groton Invite, Gettysburg Battler tournament, MVPCS Invite and Burke/Gregory Invite this year. He also took second at the Parkston ‘Little B’ tournament.
Three of those championships were won via pin in the title match. He pinned Viborg/Hurley’s Collin Graves twice, while also pinning KWLPG’s Kameron Styles in the MVPCS championship match.
Owen Hansen, Burke/Gregory
Hansen’s only loss last season came in the 120-pound championship match to Parkston’s Riley Weber. The Burke/Gregory sophomore has wrestled at 126 pounds this year, though, compiling a 28-3 record.
Since January, Hansen has won a pair of tournaments and finished second three times at 126 pounds. Philip Area’s Jadyn Coller beat him twice -- a 6-4 decision and pin.
Still, Hansen has a championship at the West Holt (Neb.) Invite and Miller/Highmore-Harrold Invite. He won via technical fall in Nebraska, while getting his revenge on Coller at the MHH Invite. Hansen won 4-2 in the 126-pound championship match.