MVPCS, Parkston, Red Raiders, KWLPG among those to claim multiple titles at Wagner Invitational

Redfield Area pulls out narrow team race with Titans

KWLPG wrestling (Gavin Braun)
Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes' Gavin Braun, in gray, maintains position on top of Wagner's Karstyn Lhotak during a 106-pound semifinal match in the Wagner Invitational on Jan. 29, 2022, at the Wagner Community School.
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WAGNER, S.D. — A fierce battle atop the team standings at the Wagner Invitational on Saturday went to Redfield Area, which edged Mount Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney by just one point for the points title.

The Pheasants scored 200 points, while the Titans checked in with 199 points in the 17-team event. Redfield finished with 11 placewinners and six finalists including three champions: Mason Fey (160), Sean Domke (195) and Grady Fey (285). Rounding out the top-five, Parkston was third with 158 points, Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes had 151.5 points and Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon had 149 points, finishing just ahead of host Wagner (146.5).

For the Titans, Cole Pranger had a pair of pins in the 220-pound bracket, including a third-period pin in the championship match to win an individual title over Redfield Area’s Gavin Nichols. At 126 pounds, Hadley Tobin improved to 35-1 on the season with a 3-1 decision over KWLPG’s Iden Myers in the championship match.

Parkston wrestling (Porter Neugebauer)
Parkston's Porter Neugebauer, in orange, grapples for position with Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes' Lucas Lenz during a 152-pound semifinal match in the Wagner Invitational on Jan. 29, 2022, at the Wagner Community School.
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Parkston picked up a pair of champions, led by Kaden Holzbauer (113) and Porter Neugebauer (152). Holzbauer looked strong, earning three pins and a championship major decision by a score of 13-0 over Bennett County’s Gavin Risse. Neugebauer won the bracket with a 4-2 decision over MVPCS’ Griffin Tobin in the championship match, improving to 26-4 on the season.

KWLPG was led by Gavin Braun’s championship at 106 pounds, which included a 1-0 decision over Wagner’s Karstyn Lhotak in the semifinals and a 13-4 major decision in the championship match over Redfield’s Brady Risetter, who had one loss on the season entering the day. Chase Varilek won the 138-pound championship for the Wildkats, capped with a 5-2 decision over Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon’s Brady Bierema in the title round. Varilek is now 25-4 on the campaign. KWLPG’s Grayson Hanson (160) was a second-place finisher as well.


Riley Roberts and Jhett Breen got the host Red Raiders atop the podium on Saturday. Roberts won the 145-pound championship with an 8-3 decision over KWLPG’s Carter Lenz, while Breen was victorious at 132 pounds with a third period technical fall over Philip Area’s Gage Ravellette. Wagner’s Nolan Dvorak (195) and Brennan Leines (285) each took second place.

In a battle of top wrestlers in Class B at 182 pounds, Isaac Crownover, of Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon, knocked off Redfield Area’s Corbin Schwartz by 10-4 decision in the championship match. Crownover is now 31-1, while Schwartz has the same record after his first loss of the year.

Wagner Invitational

Saturday at Wagner 

Team scores (top-10): 1. Redfield Area 200, 2. Mount Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney 199, 3. Parkston 158, 4. Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes 151.5, 5. Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon 149, 6. Wagner 146.5, 7. Philip Area 127, 8. Tri-Valley 75.5, 9. Flandreau 54.5, 10. Hamlin 45.5.

Individual results

106 — Championship: Gavin Braun (Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes) 33-5, Fr. over Brady Risetter (Redfield Area) 33-2, Jr. (MD 13-4); Third: Karstyn Lhotak (Wagner) 30-7, So. over Tukker Boe (Philip Area) 26-8, So. (Dec 6-1)

113 — Championship: Kaden Holzbauer (Parkston) 29-5, Fr. over Gavin Risse (Bennett County) 27-8, Fr. (MD 13-0); Third: Johnny Lenz (Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes) 31-14, 8th. over Conner Zens (Redfield Area) 22-10, 8th. (Fall 1:56)


120 — Championship: Kipp Cordes (Philip Area) 23-2, Jr. over Chase Hanson (Stanley County) 30-8, (Dec 8-5)

Third: Tyler Tjeerdsma (Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon) 23-5, So. over Paxton Nedved (Mt. Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney) 24-13, 7th. (Dec 8-2)

126 — Championship: Hadley Tobin (Mt. Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney) 35-1, Sr. over Iden Myers (Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes) 28-8, Fr. (Dec 3-1); Third: Jace Blasius (Philip Area) 22-9, Fr. over Wyatt Anderson (Parkston) 26-12, 8th. (Dec 2-1)

132 — Championship: Jhett Breen (Wagner) 31-5, So. over Gage Ravellette (Philip Area) 21-10, Jr. (TF-1.5 5:37 (16-1)); Third: Austin Hauge (Mt. Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney) 16-8, Sr. over Riley Tschetter (Freeman) 17-13, 8th. (MD 13-3)

138 — Championship: Chase Varilek (Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes) 25-4, Sr. over Brady Bierema (Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon) 24-7, Jr. (Dec 5-2); Third: Tate Tolsma (Mt. Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney) 20-15, Fr. over Brock Gisselbeck (Hamlin) 19-14, Jr. (Dec 7-6)

145 — Championship: Riley Roberts (Wagner) 28-10, So. over Carter Lenz (Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes) 22-8, Jr. (Dec 8-3); Third: Drew Gerlach (Mt. Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney) 27-7, Jr. over Mason Whitley (Redfield Area) 26-9, Jr. (Dec 4-3)

152 — Championship: Porter Neugebauer (Parkston) 26-4, Jr. over Griffin Tobin (Mt. Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney) 28-4, Sr. (Dec 4-2); Third: Gannon Knebel (Wagner) 21-7, 8th. over Lucas Lenz (Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes) 29-7, Fr. (Dec 6-3)

160 — Championship: Mason Fey (Redfield Area) 32-3, Sr. over Grayson Hanson (Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes) 28-6, Sr. (Dec 8-5); Third: Turner Nicholson (Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon) 25-9, Sr. over Kolter Kramer (Parkston) 35-14, Fr. (SV-1 7-5)


170 — Championship: Burk Blasius (Philip Area) 14-0, So. over Mason Hendrickson (Tri-Valley) 28-7, Jr. (MD 16-4); Third: Noah Mahoney (Parkston) 24-9, Sr. over Tim Bouza (Wagner) 19-21, So. (Fall 2:11)

182 — Championship: Isaac Crownover (Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon) 31-1, Jr. over Corbin Schwartz (Redfield Area) 31-1, Sr. (Dec 10-4); Third: Gavin Jacobs (Elk Point-Jefferson) 29-7, Jr. over Reece Risseeuw (Mt. Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney) 18-12, Sr. (Dec 8-1)

195 — Championship: Sean Domke (Redfield Area) 23-5, Sr. over Nolan Dvorak (Wagner) 16-13, Sr. (Dec 7-4); Third: Jensen Fitch (Philip Area) 16-9, Fr. over Charlie Prien (Mt. Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney) 19-17, Jr. (Fall 2:38)

220 — Championship: Cole Pranger (Mt. Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney) 22-6, Sr. over Gavin Nichols (Redfield Area) 19-13, (Fall 4:54); Third: Lane Johnson (Parkston) 16-19, Sr. over Carson Leonhardt (Faulkton Area) 10-17, So. (Fall 3:22)

285 — Championship: Grady Fey (Redfield Area) 25-2, So. over Brennan Leines (Wagner) 25-6, Sr. (Fall 1:32); Third: Kellen Cassidy (Mt. Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney) 25-8, Sr. over Chase Reed (Flandreau) 28-9, Sr. (Fall 0:32)

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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