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Class B roundup: Winner Area in fourth

SIOUX FALLS -- After winning the Region 3B tournament last week, the Winner Area Warriors had high hopes of a strong showing in the Class B team race.

Trevor Peters, of Winner Area, wrestles Dylan Hanisch, of Canton during their Class B 126-pound quarterfinal match during the state wrestling tournament on Friday at the Premier Center in Sioux Falls. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Trevor Peters, of Winner Area, wrestles Dylan Hanisch, of Canton during their Class B 126-pound quarterfinal match during the state wrestling tournament on Friday at the Premier Center in Sioux Falls. (Matt Gade / Republic)

SIOUX FALLS -- After winning the Region 3B tournament last week, the Winner Area Warriors had high hopes of a strong showing in the Class B team race.

Friday’s performance by the Warriors has the team in fourth place with 44.5 points, but the team trails first place Canton by a large margin. The C-Hawks lead the Class B field with 69 points, while Beresford/Alcester-Hudson sits in second with 64 points. Parkston and Bon Homme/Scotland are tied for sixth place with 38 points.   

“We did really well in the first round and won a lot of matches. The second round we didn’t wrestle very well and lost to some kids that were higher seeds,” Winner Area head coach Spencer Novotny said. “The kids showed a lot of character and heart to come back in the last two rounds.”

Winner had six out of eight kids advance to Saturday, but Tre’Zen Doren (285 pounds) was the Warriors’ lone grappler to advance to the semifinals.

“We are going to have to wrestle hard,” Novotny said. “We’ve been in every match, we just need to fine tune things.”

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In one of the day’s biggest upsets, top-seeded Caleb Brozik (170) was knocked off by Mobridge-Pollock’s Nathan Bauer 5-4 in the quarterfinals. It was Brozik’s first loss to a Class B opponent this season.

“We came out pretty flat,” Novotny said. “You have to score points. We caught him at the end and were hoping to take him down, but he did a good job of avoiding us. It’s tough as a senior to take that loss, but it’ll show a lot about his character if he can fight back and take third.”

Trojans send three grapplers to semifinals The Parkston Trojans had a strong showing on the first day of state tournament as three of the team’s seven wrestlers advanced to the semifinal round.

Logan Mahoney (126), Kyler Holzbauer (145) and Dawson Semmler (160) each picked up two wins on Friday and combined for 26 team points.

“It’s been your typical state tournament as we’ve had our ups and downs,” Parkston head coach James Boehmer said. “You just have to ride the wave. The boys are doing well and leaving it all out there.”

Mahoney earned a pin in his first-round match and topped Wagner’s Ben Soukup 8-3 in the quarterfinals, while Holzbauer edged McCook Central/Montrose’s Blake Gessner 4-3 in the opening round and picked up a 5-0 win in the quarterfinals.

Semmler improved to 32-4 on the season with a pinfall victory in the first round and a 10-1 major decision in the quarterfinals.

In the consolation bracket, Noah Reichert (220) was the only Trojan to advance to the final day.

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Bon Homme/Scotland advances five Bon Homme/Scotland had five wrestlers advance to the final day of the state tournament and two are still chasing state titles.

Stas Sutera (132) improved to 40-3 on the season with two wins on Friday. Sutera earned a major decision in the opening round and picked up a pinfall victory in the quarterfinals. Kaleb Crownover (120) picked up two wins by decision to reach the semis, while Jordan Rueb (106), Zach Sykora (138) and Josh Crownover (145) each battled in wrestlebacks to guarantee a top-eight finish.

Area grapplers still chasing state titles McCook Central/Montrose’s Caleb Krouse won a thrilling match over Clark/Willow Lake’s Caleb Orris 8-7 in an ultimate tiebreaker. Krouse led early but fell behind halfway through the match. He picked up two crucial points in the final seconds in the third period to force overtime with the match tied at 7.

Burke/Gregory had two wrestlers advance to the semifinals as Jackson Eklund (120) and J.J. Beck (160) each picked up two wins. Eklund earned a technical fall victory in the opening round and followed that up with a major decision to advance, while Beck pinned MCM’s Dawson Hopkins (3:25) in the first round and pulled out a 4-2 decision in the quarterfinals.

Sam Kruger (132) and Austin Moore (285) each advanced to the semifinals and earned a combined 20 team points for the Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes wrestling team. Moore, the Region 3B champion, won two matches by pinfall, while Kruger improved to 40-6 on the season with a 6-0 decision win in the opening round and a pinfall in the quarterfinals.

Mount Vernon/Plankinton/Corisca-Stickney’s Marcus Urban (152) and Tanner Risseeuw (195) each booked semifinal trips on Friday. Urban picked up two wins for seven team points, while Risseeuw earned a major decision in the opening round and outlasted Howard’s Evan Kizer 6-3 in the quarterfinals.  

Wagner’s Lance Soukup (106) and Woonsocket/Wessington Springs’ Riley Schmiedt (285) each advanced to the semifinals. Schmiedt earned two wins by pinfall and will face Winner Area’s Doren in the semifinals.

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