Regional wrestling roundup: Winner captures third consecutive Region 3B crown
PARKSTON--Winner Area High School is no stranger to to the regional wrestling spotlight and for the third consecutive year, the Warriors came up big at the right moment.
PARKSTON-Winner Area High School is no stranger to to the regional wrestling spotlight and for the third consecutive year, the Warriors came up big at the right moment.
Winner advanced 10 wrestlers to the state tournament (the top four in each weight class qualify), sent six to the finals and crowned four champions en route to winning its third straight Region 3B championship on Saturday at Parkston.
The Warriors racked up a total of 173.5 points, which was 35.5 more than second-place Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes and 48 more than Burke/Gregory, which placed third in the team standings.
"We were able to get all of our guys healthy, so it was nice to get our full team on the mat," Winner head coach Spencer Novotny said. "It shows our practice room. Some of the toughest matches you'll have come in the practice room. Having that kind of culture makes you show up on game day."
After being a runner-up last season, Wyatt Turnquist earned the 138-pound title by defeating Wessington Springs/Woonsocket/Wolsey-Wessington's Tate Haider by major decision, 12-2. Trevor Peters pinned defending regional champion Ty Namanny of KWLPG in 3:54 of the 152 finals, while Sam Kruger topped top-ranked Lucas Bietz of Parkston by decision, 8-2.
In what could be a state tournament preview, Kaden Keiser scored a come-from-behind win over Wagner's Lance Soukup-the defending state champion at 113-to win the 120-pound finals by decision, 7-6, despite a late rally.
"I just had to keep my head straight and keep working on my shots," Keiser said. "That's a big confidence booster before I go there and have to wrestle him. He could be a contender there."
Mount Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney junior Jesse Hastings won his third regional championship, topping Wagner's K.J. St. Pierre in a grueling 1-0 contest. Hastings defeated No. 3 Tyler Resick (KWLPG) in the semifinals, before taking down No. 1 St. Pierre in the finals.
Burke/Gregory's Jackson Eklund entered the tournament as the defending regional champion at 138 and was able to take home another title, this time at 145 pounds, while teammate J.J. Beck won at 182 in a 6-4 decision over MVPCS' Thomas Baker. Bon Homme/Avon/Scotland defending state champion Josh Crownover pinned Burke/Gregory's Finn Hanson in 1:05 of the 170-pound finals.
Parkston's Riley Weber upheld his No. 1 ranking by defeating Burke/Gregory's Owen Hanen in the finals at 106, coming from behind in the third period to win by decision, 9-7. WSWWW eighth-grader Keegan Haider won at 113 to make his first trip to the state meet, while Wagner's Dawson Lensing outlast Winner's Achilles Willuweit in the 285-pound finals, 3-1.
KWLPG and Burke/Gregory had eight wrestlers apiece qualify for the state meet, which begins Friday in Rapid City.
MCM takes second in Region 2B
FREEMAN-Defending Class B champion Canton ran away with the Region 2B tournament crown, but McCook Central/Montrose was the runner-up, while sending eight wrestlers to the state meet.
Blake Gessner was the lone champion for MCM, capturing the 160-pound division title after topping Canton's Kaden Laubach in the finals via decision, 5-0, to improve to 47-4 on the season.
Jackson Remmers (106) and Jacobi Krause (152) each placed second, while Carter Randall (120), Jake Cheeseman (170), Cade Entwisle (182) and Cole Grasma (220) all took third. Tanner Peterson placed fourth at 195.
Howard advanced seven wrestlers to the state tournament after a third-place finish in the team standings. Lane Miller (113) and Kieffer Klinkhammer (120) each took home championships, while Riley Genzlinger (126), John Callies (138), Isaac Feldhaus (182) and E.J. Leetch (195) ended the day as runner-ups. Ty Beyer also took fourth place at 145.
The Marion/Freeman wrestlers qualified for state, highlighted by Daniel Cremer, who won the 152-pound class after a 12-8 decision over Krouse in the finals. Clayton Smith (220) placed second and Ethan Ortman (138) placed fourth.
Lyman sends four to state
FORT PIERRE-Lyman brought seven wrestlers to the Region 4B tournament on Saturday, and four advanced to the state meet.
The Raiders saw Jadeon Biggers (285), Bryson Muirhead (106) and Shilo Mowry (120) move on to the finals of their respective weight classes before finishing as runner-ups. Tyrone Olderkamp also qualified for state after placing fourth at 132, bowing out of the third place match with an injury.