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Mitchell program has 5 youth wrestlers earn All-American status

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- The Mitchell youth wrestling program had five wrestlers earn All-American status at Brute Nationals Sunday in Independence, Mo. Joe Van Overschelde, Tucker Vilhauer, Noah Hill, Cole Gehrke and Bryce Palmer were Mitchell's All...

Kaleb Hubbard, Noah Hill, Cole Gehrke, Tucker Vilhauer, Joe VanOverschelde and Bryce Palmer
Photo courtesy of Eric Palmer Pictured are the six Mitchell youth wrestlers who competed at Brute Nationals. From left are Kaleb Hubbard, Noah Hill, Cole Gehrke, Tucker Vilhauer, Joe VanOverschelde and Bryce Palmer.

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- The Mitchell youth wrestling program had five wrestlers earn All-American status at Brute Nationals Sunday in Independence, Mo.

Joe Van Overschelde, Tucker Vilhauer, Noah Hill, Cole Gehrke and Bryce Palmer were Mitchell's All-Americans and Kaleb Hubbard also competed at nationals, which was an open invite with 1,200 kids from 33 states. The tournament was three days with first- through eighth-graders wrestling Friday, high school kids wrestling Saturday and placing matches Sunday.

VanOverschelde took fourth in the second-grade 92-pound division, Vilhauer was fifth in the third-grade 75-pound division, Hill finished eighth in the third-grade 70-pound division, Gehrke was eighth in the sixth-grade 85-pound division and Palmer was eighth in the second-grade 68-pound division. Hubbard competed in the second-grade 61-pound division.

Brandon Vilhauer, coach of the Mitchell youth wrestling program, said it was good experience for the wrestlers to be a part of a big tournament.

"We do a lot of small tournaments around South Dakota and we wanted to show them a little bit bigger picture," he said. "They weren't as shell shocked as we thought they would be and wrestled well.

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"But we went down there to have fun. That was our main objective."

Vilhauer said he hopes this will propel Mitchell's youth wrestlers next year.

"The excitement that these kids are bringing back and sharing stories with the other kids will hopefully get those kids fired up to do more and wrestle harder," he said. "We hope these boys can use this as a recruitment to get more of our wrestlers to bigger tournaments."

In addition, sixth-grader Carson Max competed in the 140-pound division at the Heartland Elementary National Duals in Ralston, Neb., this weekend.

He went 8-0 over the course of two days and helped South Dakota Young Guns to sixth place in its pool. Max was also voted most valuable player of his team.

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