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Middle weights send Kernels past Aberdeen Central

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Mitchell's Brock Sparks, left, wrestles Aberdeen Central's Logan Optiz on Saturday at Mitchell High School. (Jeremy Karll / Republic)

The Mitchell High School wrestling team found its groove in the middle weights, leading it to a 49-17 dual win over Aberdeen Central on Saturday at Mitchell High School.

After splitting the first four matches, the Kernels won the next six matches. Bryce Palmer pinned Braden Senger at 132 pounds and Tucker Vilhauer did the same to Logan Beadle in 29 seconds at 145 pounds. Joe VanOverschelde capped the six-match run by pinning Dylan Schaunaman in 3:32.

Mitchell also received bonus points from Kyler Bauder’s win via technical fall at 138 pounds and Ryan McGinnis defeating Samuel Calvert via a major decision at 152 pounds. Tyson Degen (160) squeaked out an 8-6 win over Garrett Mitzel, as well.

The Kernels started and ended the dual with the same success. At 106 pounds, Spencer Eldeen and Jacob Bellefeuille wrestled an extra period, with Eldeen notching the match-winning takedown. Brock Sparks took down Logan Optiz via a 16-2 major decision at 120 pounds.

To end the dual, Wyatt Winter pinned Samson Flakus in 57 seconds at 220 pounds. Beau Foote ended the dual with a pin of Connor Bockorny in 5:11.

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Aberdeen Central picked up four wins. Brenden Salfrank’s pin of Kaileb Hubbard at 113 pounds gave it an early team lead. Brock Martin erased a 5-0 hole to defeat Mitchell’s Brandon Sparks, 6-5, at 126 pounds.

The Kernels’ six-match streak was ended by Andrew Richardson, who won 8-6 over Kendall Fick. Dillon Stoebner pinned Blake Fredericks for Aberdeen Central’s final win.

Mitchell wrestles Harrisburg and Yankton on Tuesday in Harrisburg.

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