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Mitchell wrestling wins season-debut dual with Chamberlain

It wasn't perfect but the Mitchell High School wrestling team won't argue with the end result of its dual contest on Friday night.

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Mitchell's Sean Foote battles Chamberlain's Ty Graesser during a high school wrestling dual on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022 at the MHS Gym.
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MITCHELL -- It wasn't perfect but the Mitchell High School wrestling team won't argue with the end result of its dual contest on Friday night.

Helped by three forfeit victories, the Kernels outlasted Chamberlain for a 45-27 season-opening dual victory on Friday night at the MHS Gym.

"It's nice to get the win on the first dual of the year," Mitchell head coach Andy Everson said. "With this young crew, we had a lot of rookie mistakes. ... There were a few times where I could tell our conditioning isn't where we want it to be, so we're going to work on that. That's something we can improve before February but we've really spent a lot of time on technique early in the season."

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Mitchell's Frankie Kranz closes in on a pin against Chamberlain's Aine Graesser during a high school wrestling dual on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022 at the MHS Gym.
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One of the highlights of the night was the debut of girls wrestling at MHS, with four matches taking place for the first time in Kernel history. Frankie Kranz (106) and Danny Borja (126) each earned wins, while Chamberlain's Bailey Yost defeated the Kernels' Emma Trode at 113 pounds and Shelby Shrake (142) won over Borja. (Check back with mitchellrepublic.com in coming days for more on the historic debut.)

"Really cool moment to see that happen for the first time here at Mitchell," Everson said. "It's awesome for those kids to get that chance."

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The dual was tied at 15-all after three consecutive Cubs wins by Isaac Shepherd (126), Xavier Donovan (132) and Devyn Anderson (138), but Kaiden Allen (145) and Jagger Tyler (160) each scored pins for pins to put Mitchell in front for good.

That was followed by Denen Ellwein picking up a win via forfeit at 170 pounds and Sean Foote earning a second-period pin over Chamberlain's Ty Graesser at 182 pounds for the Kernels to go up 39-21.

After Mitchell was open at 195 pounds, Seth Foote closed the dual with a pin at 220 pounds. Mitchell got a 5-4 decision from Colton Blow at 113 pounds to open the victories on the mat for the Kernels in the dual.

For Chamberlain, Canyon Burkard won the opening match of the night with a second-period pin over Carson Podhradsky at 220 pounds and Bryce Reuer did the same at 152 pounds against Kellan Odell.

Mitchell (1-0) is in action on Saturday at the Watertown Duals, where they will wrestle Canby (Minn.), Huron and Watertown in their pool before the afternoon placement rounds. Meanwhile, Chamberlain (0-1) heads south to O'Neill, Nebraska for a tournament on Saturday.

Mitchell 45, Chamberlain 27

285: Canyon Burkard (CHAM) over Carson Podhradsky (MITC) (Fall 2:32)

106: Kale Hofer (MITC) by forfeit

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113: Colton Blow (MITC) over Owen Engel (CHAM) (Dec 5-4)

120: Cruze Allhiser (MITC) by forfeit

126: Isaac Shepherd (CHAM) over Van Long (MITC) (Dec 8-2)

132: Xavier Donovan (CHAM) over Penn Long (MITC) (Dec 14-10)

138: Devyn Anderson (CHAM) over Kaileb Hubbard (MITC) (Dec 4-1)

145: Kaiden Allen (MITC) over Quinn Long (CHAM) (Fall 1:40)

152: Bryce Reuer (CHAM) over Kellan Odell (MITC) (Fall 2:42)

160: Jagger Tyler (MITC) over Jozey Nesladek (CHAM) (Fall 1:33)

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170: Denen Ellwein (MITC) by forfeit

182: Sean Foote (MITC) over Ty Graesser (CHAM) (Fall 3:35)

195: Swade Reis (CHAM) by forfeit

220: Seth Foote (MITC) over Carter Santiago (CHAM) (Fall 3:19)

Girls matches (no team scores)

106: Frankie Kranz (MITC) over Aine Graesser (CHAM) (Fall 0:56)

113: Bailey Yost (CHAM) over Emma Trode (MITC) (Fall 0:57)

126: Danny Borja (MITC) over Emily Shepherd (CHAM) (Fall 3:36)

142: Shelby Shrake (CHAM) over Danny Borja (MITC) (Fall 4:46)

Junior varsity matches

120: Rope Reis (CHAM) over Tanner Longhenry (MITC) (Fall 1:06)

132: Prestyn Haugen (CHAM) over Kale Vilhauer (MIT) (Fall 5:24)

152: Declan Tveit (CHAM) over Joseph Linke (MIT) (Fall 1:12)

152: Peyton Haugen (CHAM) over Kasey Lopez-Morales (MIT) (MD 11-0)

152: Judah Vaad (CHAM) over Oscar Luque (MIT) (Fall 1:04)

152: Cannon Thomas (CHAM) over Connor Degen (MIT) (Fall 0:21)

152: Sutton Powers (CHAM) over Van Johnson (MIT) (Dec 12-11)

195: Connor Degen (MIT) over Marcelo Martinez (CHAM) (Fall 0:39)

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 mtraxler@mitchellrepublic.com.
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