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Semmler earns 160-pound title for Trojans

SIOUX FALLS--There wasn't anything flashy about Dawson's Semmler's state championship match at 160-pounds. But that's the way he likes it. The Parkston junior handled Canton's Shaeden Scheidt by a 4-0 decision, staying in control throughout the m...

Dawson Semmler, of Parkston, wrestles Shaeden Scheidt, of Canton, during their Class B 160 pound state championship match during the second day of the state wrestling tournament on Saturday at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Dawson Semmler, of Parkston, wrestles Shaeden Scheidt, of Canton, during their Class B 160 pound state championship match during the second day of the state wrestling tournament on Saturday at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls. (Matt Gade / Republic)

SIOUX FALLS-There wasn't anything flashy about Dawson's Semmler's state championship match at 160-pounds.

But that's the way he likes it.

The Parkston junior handled Canton's Shaeden Scheidt by a 4-0 decision, staying in control throughout the match on the state's biggest stage at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls.

"I knew I could dominate at what I was good at, which is on top," Semmler said. "I rode him out twice and dominated where I was really good at."

Semmler's championship victory was emblematic of his entire state tournament. He won all four matches by sticking to his game-plan.

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"I'm super happy for him," Boehmer said. "He stayed in solid position and kept the pressure on. He knew it was his time and his moment and he capitalized on it."

In the semifinals, Semmler was in control on top of Burke/Gregory's J.J. Beck until he was able to flip Beck and earn a pinfall victory.

He finished his season at 34-4 and credited the entire Parkston team-including injured wrestlers Blake and Lucas Beitz-for preparing him for the state championship match.

After earning a third-place finish at last year's Class B state wrestling tournament, Semmler said it felt great to be alone atop the podium.

"I wrestled the full six minutes, that's some coach always preaches," Semmler said.

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