Pierre spoils Kernel wrestling's Senior Night in dual meeting

Two of Mitchell’s three victories came from seniors in their final home matches.

Mitchell's Cruze Allhiser controls Pierre's Walker West during a wrestling match on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, at the Mitchell High School.
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MITCHELL — Friday night was Senior Night for the Mitchell High School wrestling team.

But by the end of 14 matches, the dual contest was tinged in green.

Pierre, the No. 1 team in seed points for the Class A dual standings entering Friday night, had five pins and three technical falls in a 58-15 win over the Kernels at the MHS Gym.

“I thought we went out and battled tonight. Pierre, that’s one of the top teams in the state that we saw, so you’re going to get challenged.” MHS coach Andy Everson said. “Overall, we competed pretty hard but there were just a few matches where I felt like we got outhustled and they had the faster pace we did. That’s the thing we’ve been working on, trying to chain-wrestle and working from one move to the next without having to stop.”

Mitchell's Colton Blow, right, wrestles against Pierre's Jacob Mason during a wrestling match on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, at the Mitchell High School.
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Two of Mitchell’s three victories came from seniors in their final home matches. Cruze Allhiser controlled his opponent Walker West and earned a pin in 3 minutes and 7 seconds at 113 pounds and Jagger Tyler was a 6-1 winner by decision against Lucas Chamberlin at 152 pounds, improving to 33-3 on the season.


“Coming into the end of the season, that’s what you want to see from our seniors,” Everson said. “Those guys are amped up for the postseason and wrestling like we want them to be and we’re excited to see what they can accomplish.”

Mitchell had a strong performance from Penn Long at 126 pounds, as well, defeating Lincoln Houska with a third-period fall. But Pierre had 21 takedowns to Mitchell’s seven in the dual and scored 17 times on nearfall points, while Mitchell had only four nearfall scores. For the Governors (10-1 in duals), Gavin Stotts (195), Elijah Boutchee (220), Joshua Rydberg (285), Hudson Shaffer (132) and Chase Carda (145) each won by pins, while Trey Lewis (170), Chance Carda (182) and Tristan Spencer (138) each had technical falls, as Pierre led 37-0 before Mitchell got on the scoreboard with Allhiser.

The Kernels (6-11 in duals) and Pierre will wrestle in their final regular-season tournament of the year on Saturday at Yankton, starting at 9 a.m. Mitchell closes its dual season on Feb. 9 at Watertown in a triangular with Brandon Valley. The Region 3A state-qualifying meet for both Mitchell and Pierre is on Feb. 18 at Todd County High School in Mission.

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Pierre wins an ESD wrestling dual with Mitchell on Friday night.

Pierre 58, Mitchell 15

160: Deegan Houska (P) over (M) by forfeit

170: Trey Lewis (P) over Sean Foote (M) (TF 16-1 2:19)

182: Chance Carda (P) over Seth Foote (M) (TF 18-1 4:35)

195: Gavin Stotts (P) over Connor Degen (M) (Fall 4:40)


220: Elijah Boutchee (P) over Trevon Austell (M) (Fall 1:01)

285: Joshua Rydberg (P) over Carson Podhradsky (M) (Fall 1:03)

106: Jacob Mason (P) over Colton Blow (M) (Dec 8-2)

113: Cruze Allhiser (M) over Walker West (P) (Fall 3:07)

120: Lincoln Schoenhard (P) over Van Johnson (M) (MD 16-2)

126: Penn Long (M) over Lincoln Houska (P) (Fall 5:41)

132: Hudson Shaffer (P) over Kale Vilhauer (M) (Fall 2:26)

138: Tristan Spencer (P) over Kaiden Allen (M) (TF 19-4 3:19)


145: Chase Carda (P) over Kellan Odell (M) (Fall 0:33)

152: Jagger Tyler (M) over Lucas Chamberlin (P) (Dec 6-1)

JV matches

113: Damen Horsley (P) over Tanner Longhenry (M) (Dec 8-3)

120: Dax Gukeisen (M) over Damen Horsley (P) (Fall 0:20)

126: Rowdy Menning (P) over Van Long (M) (Fall 1:39)

132: Rowdy Menning (P) over Cannon Zoss (M) (Fall 3:38)

145: Jackson Charron (P) over Joseph Linke (M) (Fall 0:26)


145: Jaxon Ducheneaux (P) over Joseph Linke (M) (Fall 0:31)

152: Max Hunsley (P) over Oscar Luque (M) (Fall 1:07)

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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