Area wrestling roundup: Winner claims home meet; Parkston takes second place at Little B

High school wrestling action from Jan. 22, 2022, from around the region

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Parkston's Porter Neugebauer, right, attempts to gain position in a match during the Little B Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022 in Parkston.
Marcus Traxler / Mitchell Republic

PARKSTON, S.D. -- A handful of area teams claimed individual bracket champions Saturday at the Little B Wrestling Tournament Saturday at Parkston High School, but the team scoring competition was dominated by a Minnesota powerhouse.

Behind eight bracket champions, Jackson County Central -- which was ranked No. 2 in Minnesota’s Class 1A earlier this month, dominated the team points race with 302.5 points. JCC’s Payton Handevidt, who is headed to wrestle at Augustana University starting in 2022, was the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler, winning the 160 pound weight class. He was the No. 1-ranked wrestler in Class 1A at 152 pounds entering the week. Handevidt had four pins in 6 minutes and 5 seconds on the day, only bested by teammate Nolan Ambrose, who was the champion at 106 pounds.

Parkston finished second at its home event with 163 points, powered by nine placewinners and three second-place finishers. Mount Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney was third with 139.5 points, followed by Miller/Highmore-Harrold at 129.5 points and McCook Central/Montrose in fifth place with 126.5 points.

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McCook Central/Montrose's Austin Hoiten and Mount Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney's Cole Pranger wrestle during a 220-pound match at the Little B Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022 in Parkston.
Marcus Traxler / Mitchell Republic

For Mount Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney, Hadley Tobin earned the 126-pound title with a 6-3 decision over Parkston’s Wyatt Anderson. Porter Neugebauer was a second-place finisher for the Trojans at 152 pounds, as well.

At 145 pounds, Jackson Remmers, of McCook Central/Montrose, earned the bracket title with a 2-1 ultimate tiebreaker victory over Drew Gerlach of MVPCS. Kade Grocott and Austin Hoiten each finished second at 195 and 220 pounds, respectively.


Howard’s Connor Giedd earned a championship at 106 pounds with a first-period pin of Parkston’s Gage Reichert. The Tigers’ John Callies finished in second place at 160 pounds, as Howard finished eighth in the team scoring at 112 points.

At 285 pounds, Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central’s Quinten Christensen moved to 22-0 on the season with a second-period pin of MVPCS’s Kellen Cassidy in the title match.

Warriors send eight to finals to claim home tourney

WINNER, S.D. -- Behind eight finalists and three champions, the Winner Area wrestling team claimed its home event Saturday at the Winner Armory.

The Warriors scored 229 points, holding off a hard-charging Custer squad that had 203 points. Burke/Gregory was third with 162 points, followed by Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon at 157 points and Parker at 152.5 points.

Winner’s Kaden Keiser continued his undefeated season with a technical fall in the 145-pound championship over Wagner’s Riley Roberts, a 19-4 victory to improve to 33-0.

Riley Orel outlasted Custer’s Jonathan Lewis in the 160-pound final, winning a 1-0 decision in a battle of previously undefeated wrestlers, with Orel now 23-0 and Lewis at 21-1. Maxton Brozik also improved to 26-0 on the season with a bracket victory at 113 pounds, pinning Brock Kotalik, of Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon in the second period.

Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon’s Isaac Crownover earned the 182-pound title over Winner’s Jack Kruger with a 7-2 decision. Crownover is now 29-1 on the season. Other second-place finishers for Winner included Karson Keiser (120), Joey Cole (170), Achilles Willuweit (220)

For Wagner, Jhett Breen knocked off Burke/Gregory’s Owen Hansen in the 132-pound championship with a second-period pin. It was Hansen’s first loss of the season.


Also for the Red Raiders, Brennan Leines picked up a shutout win in the championship match at 285 pounds, topping Winner’s Stetson Shelbourn by a 7-0 decision. Karstyn Lhotak was a second-place finisher at 106 pounds for Wagner and Burke/Gregory’s Taron Serr finished second at 195 pounds.

Little B Invitational

Saturday at Parkston High School

Team scores: 1. Jackson County Central (Minn.) 302.5, 2. Parkston 163, 3. Mount Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney 139.5, 4. Miller/Highmore-Harrold 129.5, 5. McCook Central/Montrose 126.5, 6. Central Lyon/George-Little Rock (Iowa) 117, 7. Clark/Willow Lake 116, 8. Howard 112, 9. Rock Valley (Iowa) 91, 10. Wessington Springs/Woonsocket/Wolsey-Wessington 79.

Individual results

106 — Championship: Conner Giedd (Howard) 19-2, 7th. over Gage Reichert (Parkston) 23-11, 8th. (Fall 1:57); Third: Talon Ping (Miller/Highmore-Harrold) 25-11, 8th. over Cooper Pommer (Clark/Willow Lake) 21-14, 8th. (Fall 3:58)

113 — Championship: Nolan Ambrose (Jackson County Central) 29-0, So. over Teagan Herrick (Miller/Highmore-Harrold) 20-4, So. (Fall 3:22); Third: Kaden Holzbauer (Parkston) 23-5, Fr. over Gavin Risse (Bennett County) 22-7, Fr. (Dec 8-3)

120 — Championship: Kie Anderson (Jackson County Central) 23-6, Sr. over Kellan Hurd (Miller/Highmore-Harrold) 26-3, Fr. (Dec 8-4); Third: Carter Sommer (Parkston) 21-12, Fr. over Tate Miller (Howard) 21-5, Fr. (Dec 5-3)


126 — Championship: Hadley Tobin (Mt. Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney) 28-1, Sr. over Wyatt Anderson (Parkston) 22-9, 8th. (Dec 6-3); Third: Ethan Rearik (Wessington Springs/Woonsocket/Wolsey-Wessington) 14-7, 8th. over Landon Andrews (Jackson County Central) 12-12, Jr. (Fall 4:39)

132 — Championship: Logan Butzon (Jackson County Central) 25-6, Jr. over Trey Rossow (Jackson County Central) 8-5, So. (Inj. 0:00); Third: Andrew Boyum (Jackson County Central) 15-7, Sr. over Kash Neugebauer (Parkston) 17-13, Fr. (Fall 2:23)

138 — Championship: Thomas Freking (Jackson County Central) 27-8, Jr. over Cael Larson (Webster Area) 32-1, Sr. (SV-1 4-2); Third: Seth Stai (Jackson County Central) 18-8, So. over Ethan Mcelhone (Clark/Willow Lake) 20-11, Sr. (Fall 1:18)

145 — Championship: Jackson Remmers (McCook Central/Montrose) 31-3, So. over Drew Gerlach (Mt. Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney) 21-6, Jr. (TB-1 2-1); Third: Dylan Withers (Jackson County Central) 23-12, Jr. over Colby Kolda (Miller/Highmore-Harrold) 19-13, Fr. (Dec 6-1)

152 — Championship: Gunnar Kvistad (Clark/Willow Lake) 29-4, Sr. over Porter Neugebauer (Parkston) 20-4, Jr. (Fall 4:00); Third: Jaxson Rozeboom (Rock Valley) 18-5, Sr. over Isaiah Rodriguez (Jackson County Central) 18-16, Jr. (NC)

160 — Championship: Payton Handevidt (Jackson County Central) 29-3, Sr. over John Callies (Howard) 29-3, Sr. (Fall 3:21); Third: Zach Strubbe (Rock Valley) 24-10, Jr. over Carter Randall (McCook Central/Montrose) 27-10, So. (Dec 8-1)

170 — Championship: Matthew Haley (Jackson County Central) 25-6, Jr. over Lucas Kannegieter (Clark/Willow Lake) 27-5, Sr. (Dec 5-0); Third: Noah Mahoney (Parkston) 19-8, Sr. over Calvin Halverson (Howard) 20-10, Fr. (Fall 1:26)

182 — Championship: Caleb Vancura (Jackson County Central) 28-4, Jr. over Tate Hoffman (Miller/Highmore-Harrold) 24-5, Jr. (Fall 5:55); Third: Griffin Clubb (Howard) 19-12, Jr. over Evan Kruger (Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) 13-6, Jr. (Dec 7-1)


195 — Championship: William Freking (Jackson County Central) 26-10, Sr. over Kade Grocott (McCook Central/Montrose) 24-10, So. (Fall 4:39)

Third: Charlie Prien (Mt. Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney) 15-14, Jr. over Trevor Dieren (Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) 17-12, So. (Fall 1:19)

220 — Championship: Caleb McGregor (Webster Area) 21-4, Sr. over Austin Hoiten (McCook Central/Montrose) 27-9, Jr. (Dec 5-3); Third: Lyle Moore (Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) 23-5, Sr. over Cole Pranger (Mt. Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney) 17-6, Sr. (Dec 5-3)

285 — Championship: Quinten Christensen (Wessington Springs/Woonsocket/Wolsey-Wessington) 22-0, Sr. over Kellen Cassidy (Mt. Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney) 20-7, Sr. (Fall 2:37); Third: Cameron Scholten (Jackson County Central) 21-12, Jr. over Kayden VanBerkum (Central Lyon/George-Little Rock) 18-6, Jr. (Fall 1:40)

Winner Invitational

Saturday at Winner

Team scores (top-10): 1. Winner Area 229, 2. Custer 203, 3. Burke/Gregory 162, 4. Bon Homme/Scotland 157, 5. Parker 152.5, 6. Philip 135.5, 7. Wagner 114.5, 8. Mobridge-Pollock 70.5, 9. Hot Springs 52.5, 10. Stanley County 35.

Individual results


106 — Championship: Tray Weiss (Custer) 26-3, Fr. over Karstyn Lhotak (Wagner) 24-5, So. (Dec 3-1); Third: Tukker Boe (Philip) 21-5, So. over Jackson Kaul (Bon homme/scotland) 12-7, Fr. (Dec 5-3)

113 — Championship: Maxton Brozik (Winner) 26-0, So. over Brock Kotalik (Bon Homme/Scotland) 13-10, So. (Fall 4:00); Third: Riley Scott (Custer) 31-5, 8th. over Nicholas Schlachter (Potter County) 18-11, So. (Fall 3:33)

120 — Championship: Kipp Cordes (Philip) 16-2, Jr. over Karson Keiser (Winner) 26-9, Fr. (Dec 3-2); Third: Jackson Bauld (Burke/Gregory) 16-13, Sr. over Leighton Sander (Custer) 16-13, Fr. (SV-1 5-3)

126 — Championship: Landon Woodward (Custer) 17-5, Jr. over Spencer Sargent (Sunshine Bible Academy) 12-7, Fr. (Fall 3:29); Third: Riley Pankratz (Parker) 13-12, 8th. over Luke Gutmiller (Bon homme/scotland) 10-12, 8th. (Fall 3:42)

132 — Championship: Jhett Breen (Wagner) 24-5, So. over Owen Hansen (Burke/Gregory) 29-1, Jr. (Fall 2:40); Third: Gage Ravellette (Philip) 17-7, Jr. over Jace Blasius (Philip) 16-8, Fr. (UTB 3-2)

138 — Championship: Braden Weiss (Custer) 20-10, Sr. over Ryker Peterson (Philip) 19-5, So. (Dec 4-0); Third: Jude Sargent (Winner) 21-15, So. over Brady Bierema (Bon homme/scotland) 21-6, Jr. (Fall 4:55)

145 — Championship: Kaden Keiser (Winner) 33-0, Sr. over Riley Roberts (Wagner) 22-9, So. (TF-1.5 5:02 (19-4)); Third: Jack Even (Parker) 33-12, Jr. over Gentry Bartling (Burke/Gregory) 16-9, Fr. (Fall 4:17)

152 — Championship: McCoy Peterson (Philip) 11-1, Sr. over Ryder Bailey (Custer) 15-4, So. (TF-1.5 2:44 (15-0)); Third: Landon Smith (Bon homme/scotland) 22-11, Jr. over Mason Hood (Burke/Gregory) 23-9, Sr. (Dec 3-1)


160 — Championship: Riley Orel (Winner) 23-0, Jr. over Jonathan Lewis (Custer) 21-1, Jr. (Dec 1-0); Third: Turner Nicholson (Bon homme/scotland) 22-8, Sr. over Jhett Eklund (Burke/Gregory) 15-15, Fr. (Fall 3:45)

170 — Championship: Parker Noem (Custer) 26-5, So. over Joey Cole (Winner) 24-4, Sr. (Dec 5-3); Third: Tyrus Bietz (Bon homme/scotland) 16-12, Jr. over Tim Bouza (Wagner) 15-18, So. (Dec 8-2)

182 — Championship: Isaac Crownover (Bon homme/scotland) 29-1, Jr. over Jack Kruger (Winner) 21-4, Jr. (Dec 7-2); Third: Gunnar Stephens (Burke/Gregory) 23-10, Jr. over Levi Stover (Stanley County) 24-9, Sr. (Dec 3-2)

195 — Championship: Caleb Rickenbach (Hot Springs) 32-3, So. over Taron Serr (Burke/Gregory) 20-5, Sr. (Dec 3-2); Third: Charley Pravecek (Winner) 18-4, Sr. over Zayne Severyn (Custer) 19-8, So. (Fall 3:46)

220 — Championship: Levi Wieman (Parker) 31-7, So. over Achilles Willuweit (Winner) 8-2, Sr. (Dec 5-4); Third: Tanner Davis (Hill City) 16-5, 5th. over Aiden Schoenhard (Mobridge-Pollock) 11-4, Jr. (Dec 3-1)

285 — Championship: Brennan Leines (Wagner) 20-5, Sr. over Stetson Shelbourn (Winner) 11-18, So. (Dec 7-0); Third: Jason Ebeling (Parker) 14-14, Sr. over Keith Brummet (Philip) 4-16, Jr. (Fall 1:24)

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
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