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Kernel wrestlers drop two duals in Watertown

WATERTOWN--The Mitchell wrestling team dropped a pair of dual matches against Watertown and Brandon Valley in an Eastern South Dakota Conference triangular on Thursday in Watertown.

WATERTOWN-The Mitchell wrestling team dropped a pair of dual matches against Watertown and Brandon Valley in an Eastern South Dakota Conference triangular on Thursday in Watertown.

Mitchell fell to Watertown 45-21 in the first dual and dropped a 43-28 contest with Brandon Valley.

"Against Watertown, we didn't wrestle too bad and against Brandon Valley, we had some opportunities to win a few more matches," Mitchell head coach Travis Carpenter said. "It was one of those scenarios where we were leading in three different matches and we ended up getting beat. We definitely had our opportunities."

Picking up wins for the Kernels against Watertown was Cole Gehrke, wrestling at 120 pounds, while Briggs Havlik (145) and Carson Max (170) each earned wins. All three won by pinfall, while Zeb Parsons (220) earned a win by forfeit for Mitchell.

Max picked up his second win of the day against Brandon Valley, while Logan Sparks (120), Sutton Carpenter (132) and Alex Klingaman (195) earned wins. Havlik picked up a win by forfeit against the Lynx.

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Carpenter said the Kernels have enjoyed have Max back on the mat after he missed all of last year and a majority of this season due to injury.

"He's just excited about being back and having the opportunity," Carpenter said. "He's trying to make the most of it."

The two losses ended Mitchell's dual season at 3-11 and 1-7 in the ESD, as the Kernels compete in the Huron Invitational on Saturday before regions and state.

"We have to dust ourselves off and get ready for a tournament on Saturday," Carpenter said. "We have a very short time to fix the things we need to fix. We have a lot of work to do between now and next Saturday."

Watertown 45, Mitchell 21

106: Robert Coyle III (W) over Kyler Bauder (M) (MD 13-5); 113: Jake Werner (W) over Ryan McGinnis (M) (Fall 2:58); 120: Sam Stroup (W) over Logan Sparks (M) (Dec 8-4); 126: Cole Gehrke (M) over Bayley Anderson (W) (Fall 3:58); 132: Brady Bollinger (W) over Sutton Carpenter (M) (MD 11-2); 138: Trevor Ripplinger (W) over Barry Browning (M) (Fall 3:12); 145: Briggs Havlik (M) over Dommonick Pechous (W) (Fall 4:23); 152: Dillon Bollinger (W) over Zach Smith (M) (Dec 4-3); 160: Nathan Tuttle (W) over Kyle Foote (M) (Dec 9-2) 170: Carson Max (M) over Austin Hanson (W) (Dec 7-1); 182: Mason Wickherst (W) win by forfeit; 195: Dexter Gaikowski (W) over Alex Klingaman (M) (MD 12-2); 220: Zeb Parsons (M) win by forfeit; 285: Dane Stahl (W) win by forfeit;

Brandon Valley 43, Mitchell 28

106: Jack Smith (BV) over Kyler Bauder (M) (MD 11-0); 113: Creighton Klinkhammer (BV) over Ryan McGinnis (M) (Fall 0:50); 120: Logan Sparks (M) over Kyle Heidbrink (BV) (MD 13-2); 126: Dawson Kremlacek (BV) over Cole Gehrke (M) (Dec 10-5); 132: Sutton Carpenter (M) over Jorey Sorenson (BV) (Fall 5:46); 138: Tyler Small (BV) over Barry Browning (M) (Fall 5:04); 145: Briggs Havlik (M) win by forfeit; 152: Chase Small (BV) over Zach Smith (M) (Dec 10-7); 160: Dodge Waldera (BV) over Kyle Foote (M) (Fall 1:49); 170: Carson Max (M) over Levi Sternburg (BV) (Fall 1:52); 182: Lincoln Ode (BV) over Max Schoenfelder (M) (Fall 0:57); 195: Alex Klingaman (M) over Nathan Ihnen (BV) (Fall 1:51); 220: Andrew Sorensen (BV) win by forfeit; 285: Austin Pulse (BV) over Zeb Parsons (M) (Dec 3-2)

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