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Canton wins showdown of elite Class B wrestling teams at MCM Invitational

19 teams were in competition Friday to close out 2021

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Winner's Konnor Osborn and McCook Central/Montrose's Dylan McGregor battle for position during a 132-pound match during the MCM Invitational on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021 in Salem. Marcus Traxler / Mitchell Republic
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SALEM, S.D. — In the season’s first showdown of the top wrestling teams in Class B, the four-time defending state champions from Canton rose to the top once again.

Powered by four individual champions and 11 place winners, Canton won the McCook Central/Montrose Invitational Friday, scoring 211 points, holding off a field of the top-eight ranked teams in Class B, including second-place Winner Area at 175.5 points and Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes and Redfield tying for third with 161 points in the 19-team event.

For Canton, Ayson Rice (126), Andy Meyer (138), Luke Richardson (152), Marshall Baldwin (220) each won bracket titles to carry the C-Hawks to a team title.

For Winner Area, Kaden Keiser continued a dominant start to his season at 145 pounds, winning by technical fall in the championship match by a score of 23-8 over MCM’s Jackson Remmers. The matchup was a meeting of the Class B state champions from 132 (Remmers) and 145 (Keiser) last season.

The Warriors’ Riley Orel was the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler, winning the 160-pound title with a 3-0 decision over KWLPG’s Grayson Hanson. Orel has a record of 14-0. Maxton Brozik won the bracket at 113 pounds for the Warriors, improving to 13-0 and edging Trystan Traupel, of MCM.

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KWLPG’s Kasen Konstanz won the 120-pound title with a 3-0 win over Howard’s Tate Miller, improving to 16-0 on the season. Levi Nightengale earned a second-period pin over Burke/Gregory’s Taron Serr for the title at 195 pounds for Nightengale’s 13th straight win to open the season.

Burke/Gregory’s Owen Hansen won the 132-pound title with a first-period pin to move to 17-0 on the season. Hansen had four pins on the day. In a battle of previously undefeated wrestlers, Wessington Springs/Woonsocket/Wolsey-Wessington’s Quinten Christensen won the 285-pound title over Redfield’s Grady Fey with a third-period pin. Christensen climbs to 7-0 on the season, while Fey is now 9-1. Fey had the day’s fastest pin, recording a fall in 11 seconds in his quarterfinal match.

Other event champions were at 106 pounds, with Redfield’s Brady Risetter continuing his undefeated season with a 2-1 decision over KWLPG’s Gavin Braun. Burk Blasius, now 8-0, won at 170 pounds for Philip Area, while Corbin Schwartz won at 182 for Redfield. Schwartz’s win came over previously undefeated Isaac Crownover, of Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon, by 6-4 decision.

MVP had three second-place finishes, all finishing runner-up to Canton wrestlers. Hadley Tobin finished second at 126 pounds, Griffin Tobin was second at 152 and Cole Pranger took second at 220.

The top-eight ranked teams in Class B were all in attendance, including No. 1 Canton, No. 2 Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes, No. 3 Winner, No. 4 Redfield, No. 5 Philip, No. 6 MCM, No. 7 Mount Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney and No. 8 Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon.

In girls competition, BHSA's Britney Rueb and Peyton Hellmann each won their three-person, round-robin divisions, with both wrestlers winning twice by fall. Hellmann improved to 11-1 on the season, while Rueb is now 7-1.

MCM Invitational

Friday at Salem

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Team scores: 1. Canton 211, 2. Winner 175.5, T3. Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes 161, T3. Redfield 161, 5. McCook Central/Montrose 138, 6. Philip Area 135.5, 7. Parker 118, 8. Mount Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney 117, 9. Burke/Gregory 105, 10. Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon 86; 11. Wess. Springs/Woonsocket/Wolsey-Wess. 79, 12. Howard 73, 13. Elk Point-Jefferson 65, 14. Lyman 61, 15. Kingsbury County 58, 16. Marion/Freeman 38, 17. Flandreau 32, 18. Potter County 19.

Individual results

106 — Championship: Brady Risetter (Redfield) 16-0, Jr. over Gavin Braun (KWLPG) 12-4, Fr. (Dec 2-1); Third: Tukker Boe (Philip Area) 9-2, So. over Alek Kuchta (Parker) 19-10, Fr. (Dec 7-0); Fifth: Zach Bartels (Canton) 9-3, Fr. over Eli Ekroth (Burke/Gregory) 13-8, 8th. (MD 15-2); Seventh: Landon Flogstad (MCM) 17-9, Fr. over Ash Kaiser (Winner) 2-7, 7th. (Dec 2-0)

113 — Championship: Maxton Brozik (Winner) 13-0, So. over Trystan Traupel (MCM) 18-3, Fr. (Dec 7-5); Third: Dylan Buseman (Parker) 22-6, 7th. over Conner Zens (Redfield) 12-4, 8th. (Fall 2:35); Fifth: Nicholas Schlachter (Potter County) 8-5, So. over Caden Murphy (Kingsbury County) 8-4, So. (Dec 10-5); Seventh: Johnny Lenz (KWLPG) 11-9, 8th. over Tanner Baker (MVPCS) 12-11, 7th. (MD 10-0)

120 — Championship: Kasen Konstanz (KWLPG) 16-0, So. over Tate Miller (Howard) 12-2, Fr. (Dec 3-0); Third: Karson Keiser (Winner) 13-3, Fr. over Teague Granum (Canton) 8-3, Fr. (Dec 3-0); Fifth: Paxton Nedved (MVPCS) 13-7, 7th. over Brayden Wiese (Flandreau) 13-9, So. (Dec 4-2); Seventh: Jackson Bauld (Burke/Gregory) 10-9, Sr. over Keaton Prehiem (Marion/Freeman) 8-9, Fr. (MD 12-0)

126 — Championship: Ayson Rice (Canton) 14-2, So. over Hadley Tobin (MVPCS) 20-1, Sr. (MD 10-0); Third: Kaleb Osborn (Winner) 12-2, Sr. over Iden Myers (KWLPG) 15-4, Fr. (Dec 3-2); Fifth: Jacob Fehlman (Redfield) 12-5, Sr. over Jace Blasius (Philip Area) 6-4, Fr. (Dec 5-3); Seventh: Kaleb Johnson (Kingsbury County) 13-6, Fr. over Riley Pankratz (Parker) 6-5, 8th. (Fall 2:10)

132 — Championship: Owen Hansen (Burke/Gregory) 17-0, Jr. over Gage Ravellette (Philip Area) 7-2, Jr. (Fall 1:57); Third: Karsyn Feldhaus (Howard) 14-6, So. over Riley Tschetter (Marion/Freeman) 12-8, 8th. (Fall 4:48); Fifth: Dylan McGregor (MCM) 14-5, Fr. over Kellen Griffith (Lyman) 22-5, So. (Inj. 0:00); Seventh: Konner Osborn (Winner) 8-8, Fr. over Michael Even (Parker) 19-13, Fr. (Dec 8-3)

138 — Championship: Andy Meyer (Canton) 12-0, Sr. over Chase Varilek (KWLPG) 10-3, Sr. (Fall 5:11); Third: Brady Bierema (BHSA) 12-3, Jr. over Ryker Peterson (Philip Area) 9-4, So. (Dec 7-2); Fifth: Dylan Zell (Kingsbury County) 14-3, Jr. over Drew Gerlach (MVPCS) 19-5, Jr. (Inj. 0:00); Seventh: Shilo Mowry (Lyman) 21-6, Sr. over Jude Sargent (Winner) 8-9, So. (Dec 7-4)

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145 — Championship: Kaden Keiser (Winner) 14-0, Sr. over Jackson Remmers (MCM) 17-2, So. (TF-1.5 6:00 (23-8)); Third: Lucas Hueser (Elk Point-Jefferson) 16-2, Jr. over Jack Even (Parker) 18-7, Jr. (MD 13-1); Fifth: Carter Rager (Canton) 11-5, Sr. over Mason Whitley (Redfield) 14-4, Jr. (Dec 3-2); Seventh: Tristan Penny (Lyman) 15-10, Sr. over Caleb Clark (Kingsbury County) 9-7, Sr. (Fall 1:58)

152 — Championship: Luke Richardson (Canton) 13-1, Sr. over Griffin Tobin (MVPCS) 18-3, Sr. (Dec 6-2); Third: Tance Wagner (Lyman) 23-2, Jr. over Mason Hood (Burke/Gregory) 16-5, Sr. (TB-1 2-1); Fifth: Weston Remmers (MCM) 6-3, Fr. over Tyson Eddy (WSWWW) 8-7, Fr. (Dec 1-0); Seventh: Owen Eitenmiller (Marion/Freeman) 11-8, Jr. over Jack Neises (Howard) 9-4, Jr. (Dec 6-1)

160 — Championship: Riley Orel (Winner) 14-0, Jr. over Grayson Hanson (KWLPG) 13-2, Sr. (Dec 3-0); Third: John Callies (Howard) 21-1, Sr. over Mason Fey (Redfield) 15-2, Sr. (Fall 4:32); Fifth: Blair Blasius (Philip Area) 4-2, Jr. over Turner Nicholson (BHSA) 11-5, Sr. (MD 9-0); Seventh: Carter Randall (MCM) 20-5, So. over Jhett Eklund (Burke/Gregory) 8-8, Fr. (Fall 3:51)

170 — Championship: Burk Blasius (Philip Area) 8-0, So. over Ben Swatek (Elk Point-Jefferson) 12-1, Jr. (Dec 5-2); Third: Keegan Haider (WSWWW) 10-2, Jr. over Joey Cole (Winner) 10-3, Sr. (Inj. 0:00); Fifth: Rory McManus (Lyman) 18-7, So. over Beau Williams (Canton) 8-5, Jr. (Dec 7-5); Seventh: Tyrus Bietz (BHSA) 8-5, Jr. over Calvin Halverson (Howard) 15-5, Fr. (Dec 6-1)

182 — Championship: Corbin Schwartz (Redfield) 14-0, Sr. over Isaac Crownover (BHSA) 15-1, Sr. (Dec 6-4); Third: Charlie Patten (Parker) 18-3, Jr. over Jack Kruger (Winner) 11-3, Jr. (Dec 4-3); Fifth: Gavin Jacobs (Elk Point-Jefferson) 10-5, Jr. over Josh Merkle (Canton) 9-5, Jr. (Dec 5-1); Seventh: Gunnar Stephens (Burke/Gregory) 11-7, Jr. over Gunner Johnson (Lyman) 17-8, Jr. (Dec 7-4)

195 — Championship: Levi Nightingale (KWLPG) 13-0, Sr. over Taron Serr (Burke/Gregory) 12-3, Sr. (Fall 2:25); Third: Tanner Meyers (Canton) 11-1, Jr. over Sean Domke (Redfield) 9-3, Sr. (MD 10-1); Fifth: Kade Grocott (MCM) 18-6, So. over Jensen Fitch (Philip Area) 6-5, Fr. (Fall 2:32); Seventh: Camden Jost (WSWWW) 8-5, Jr. over Nate Kersting (Kingsbury County) 5-3, Sr. (Fall 4:57)

220 — Championship: Marshall Baldwin (Canton) 13-2 won by fall over Cole Pranger (MVPCS) 13-4 (Fall 2:54); Third: Austin Hoiten (MCM) 18-6 won by fall over Levi Wieman (Parker) 19-5 (Fall 4:49); Fifth: Lincoln Koehn (Philip Area) 8-3 won by fall over Gavin Nichols (Redfield) 11-5 (Fall 2:18); Seventh: Chase Reed (Flandreau) 12-3 won by fall over Hunter Sharkey (Elk Point-Jefferson) 5-10 (Fall 0:48)

285 — Championship: Quinten Christensen (WSWWW) 7-0, Sr. over Grady Fey (Redfield) 9-1, So. (Fall 4:55); Third: Isaac Suter (Canton) 9-2, Sr. over Kellen Cassidy (MVPCS) 15-5, Sr. (Fall 2:08); Fifth: Kameron Styles (KWLPG) 12-5, Sr. over Elliott Chase (MCM) 14-5, Sr. (Fall 0:56); Seventh: Owen Kerkvleit (Kingsbury County) 8-8, Sr. over Stetson Shelbourn (Winner) 4-8, So. (Fall 0:46)

Girls-1 — Round robin results: Akane Metcalfe (KWLPG) 1-1, So. over Emma McConniel (Marion/Freeman) 0-2, Fr. (Fall 1:02); Britney Rueb (BHSA) 7-1, 8th. over McConniel (Marion/Freeman) (Fall 0:41); Rueb (BHSA) 7-1, 8th. over Metcalfe (KWLPG) 1-1, So. (Fall 1:51). Finish: 1. Rueb; 2. Metcalfe; 3. McConniel.

Girls-2 — Round robin results: Megan Hermann (Potter County) 1-1, So. over Sarah Cremer (Marion/Freeman) 0-2, So. (Fall 0:33); Peyton Hellmann (BHSA) 11-1, Fr. over Cremer (Marion/Freeman) (Fall 0:36); Hellmann (BHSA) over Hermann (Potter County) (Fall 0:34) Finish: 1. Hellmann; 2. Hermann; 3. Cremer.

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Traxler is the assistant editor and sports editor for the Mitchell Republic. He's worked for the newspaper since 2014 and has covered a wide variety of topics. He can be reached at mtraxler@mitchellrepublic.com.
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