Sixteen area wrestlers advance to state title matches

SIOUX FALLS--Sixteen area wrestlers are in tonight's championship bouts at the state wrestling tournament at the Premier Center in Sioux Falls. Both Mitchell High School semifinalists--Briggs Havlik and Carson Max--each won their matches to advan...

Mobridge-Pollock's Jaden Schilling lifs the leg of Burke/Gregory's Jackson Eklund during a Class B 132-pound semifinal Saturday at the state wrestling tournament in Sioux Falls. (Marcus Traxler / Republic)

SIOUX FALLS-Sixteen area wrestlers are in tonight's championship bouts at the state wrestling tournament at the Premier Center in Sioux Falls.

Both Mitchell High School semifinalists-Briggs Havlik and Carson Max-each won their matches to advance to tonight's championship round. Havlik defeated Dakota Valley's Collin Becker 7-2 to advance to the 160-pound championship. Havlik (38-3) will meet Aberdeen Central's Collin Harr (45-7) for the title.

Max (31-3) defeated Huron's Gabe Rieger 9-3 in the semifinals at 195 pounds. He will take on Sioux Falls Roosevelt's Joey Otta (37-5), who earned a second-period pin over Pierre's Gage Gehring.

Also in Class A, Chamberlain advanced two wrestlers to the championships. Max Donovan (44-4) earned a pin over Sturgis' Tristan Permann in 3 minutes, 23 seconds at 113 pounds. He will take on Douglas/Rapid City Christian's William George (44-8).

Cubs' heavyweight and defending state champion Nash Hutmacher and Beresford/Alcester-Hudson's Nick Casperson each did their part to set up a highly anticipated match in the championship round. Hutmacher (45-0) pinned Kaden Johnson, of Aberdeen Central, in 1:55, and will take on Casperson (37-0), who moved up from 195 pounds before the region tournament and took on the challenge.


Two Class B championships will feature area wrestlers and the top-two seeds in their brackets. McCook Central/Montrose's Paul Lauck (51-2) will take on Winner Area's Sam Kruger (49-3) for the championship at 145 pounds, as Lauck and Kruger were seeded No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

Top-seeded Evan Kizer, of Howard, will take on Mount Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney's Jesse Hastings (22-2) in the championship match at 220 pounds. Kizer (38-4) was the source of both of Hastings' losses on the season in December.

In addition to Kruger, Winner Area will have three wrestlers in the championship. Kaden Keiser (49-4), wrestling at 106 pounds, will take on Braden Sehr (40-1). Keiser beat Howard's Lane Miller 6-3 in the semifinals.

Atlas Willuweit will represent the Warriors at 120 pounds, taking on Philip's McCoy Peterson (30-0) in the championship match. Willuweit (39-3) took down Elk Point-Jefferson's Zak Fowler 9-3 in the semifinals.

Winner's Wyatt Turnquist will take on Kellyn March, of Canton, for the 126-pound championship. In the semis, March (43-1) defeated Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes' Jackson Nockels with a third-period pin and Turnquist (42-3) beat Philip's Jadyn Coller 4-3.

Also in the finals, Wagner's Lance Soukup (30-7) will take on Canton's Braxton Trowbridge (34-6) at 113 pounds after a second-period pin of Howard's Kieffer Klinkhammer in the semifinals.

Jackson Eklund, of Burke/Gregory, will take on Caden Lamer, of Tri-Valley in the 138-pound final Both wrestlers are 35-1 but Lamer is wrestling for his fourth straight state championship for the Mustangs. Eklund won his semifinal 8-1 over Mobridge-Pollock's Jaden Schilling.

Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon will represented by Kaleb Crownover in the 138-pound title match, and Josh Crownover in the 160-pound championship. Kaleb Crownover (38-5) will face Josh Weisbrod, of Clark/Willow Lake after a 9-3 win over Jaden Dominisse, of Canton.


Josh Crownover (34-9) will take on Canton's Shaeden Scheidt (35-6) after defeating Parkston's Dawson Semmler 4-3 in the semifinals.

Howard's Aidyn Feldhaus qualified for the championship match at 182 pounds with a 5-3 decision over Stone Jensen, of Mobridge-Pollock. He will wrestle Redfield's Barrett Wren, who dealt Elk Point-Jefferson's Logan Donelan his first loss of the season in the semifinals.

The championship round is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., with the championship matches in both classes occurring simultaneously.

Semifinal results


Braden Sehr (Canton) 40-1 won by decision over Riley Weber (Parkston) 24-9 (Dec 6-2)

Kaden Keiser (Winner) 49-4 won by decision over Lane Miller (Howard) 46-7 (Dec 6-3)



Lance Soukup (Wagner) 30-7 won by fall over Kieffer Klinkhammer (Howard) 32-9 (Fall 2:32)

Braxton Trowbridge (Canton) 34-6 won by decision over Jordan Rueb (Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon) 26-9 (Dec 5-2)


McCoy Peterson (Philip) 30-0 won by tech fall over Hayden Pierret (Garretson) 34-8 (TF-1.5 4:00 (17-2))

Atlas Willuweit (Winner) 39-3 won by decision over Zak Fowler (Elk Point/Jefferson) 32-5 (Dec 9-3)


Kellyn March (Canton) 43-1 won by fall over Jackson Nockels (Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes) 40-10 (Fall 5:11)

Wyatt Turnquist (Winner) 42-3 won by decision over Jadyn Coller (Philip) 20-6 (Dec 4-3)


Caden Lamer (Tri-Valley) 35-1 won by fall over JD Carter (Stanley County) 32-13 (Fall 5:28)

Jackson Eklund (Burke/Gregory) 35-1 won by decision over Jaden Schilling (Mobridge-Pollock) 38-7 (Dec 8-1)


Josh Weisbrod (Clark/Willow Lake) 41-2 won in sudden victory - 1 over Trevor Peters (Winner) 43-10 (SV-1 5-3)

Kaleb Crownover (Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon) 38-5 won by decision over Jaden Dominisse (Canton) 33-10 (Dec 9-3)


Paul Lauck (McCook Central/Montrose) 51-2 won by decision over Kody Hagen (Hot Springs) 41-9 (Dec 5-2)

Sam Kruger (Winner) 49-3 won by fall over Joey Wheeler (Potter County) 24-12 (Fall 1:07)


Alex Aesoph (Faulkton Area) 44-2 won by major decision over Levi Mines (Custer/Edgemont) 36-8 (MD 10-1)

Connor Bertsch (Miller/Highmore-Harrold) 41-5 won by decision over Scott Peterson (Canton) 38-4 (Dec 5-1)


Josh Crownover (Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon) 34-9 won by decision over Dawson Semmler (Parkston) 12-2 (Dec 4-3)

Shaeden Scheidt (Canton) 35-6 won by major decision over Gannon Martinmaas (Faulkton Area) 39-4 (MD 9-0)


Caleb Orris (Clark/Willow Lake) 46-0 won by fall over Jack Konechne (Garretson) 23-5 (Fall 2:49)

Nathan Bauer (Mobridge-Pollock) 31-4 won by decision over Keagan Fitch (Philip) 26-3 (Dec 2-1)


Barrett Wren (Redfield) 28-7 won by decision over Logan Donelan (Elk Point/Jefferson) 36-1 (Dec 3-2)

Aidyn Feldhaus (Howard) 45-6 won by decision over Stone Jensen (Mobridge-Pollock) 40-6 (Dec 5-3)


Cooper Baloun (Redfield) 35-0 won by decision over Sam Adams (Harding County) 36-7 (Dec 8-7)

Wyatt Burke (Clark/Willow Lake) 30-8 won by decision over EJ Leetch (Howard) 39-5 (Dec 7-4)


Evan Kizer (Howard) 38-4 won by decision over Jace Johnson (Wagner) 30-13 (Dec 3-2)

Jesse Hastings (Mt. Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney) 22-2 won by fall over Kaeden Metz (Sisseton) 28-8 (Fall 1:47)


Payton Smith (Canton) 42-2 won by fall over Tanner Grocott (McCook Central/Montrose) 29-12 (Fall 2:41)

Braydon Peterson (Lemmon/McIntosh) 52-1 won by decision over Brandyn Anderson (Groton Area) 30-4 (Dec 5-2)


Jacob Wood (Sturgis) 15-0 won by decision over Eli Fischer (Milbank) 31-4 (Dec 7-3)

Cael Larson (Rc Central) 56-3 won by decision over Declan Malone (Rc Stevens) 28-10 (Dec 7-4)


William George (Douglas/RC Christian) 44-8 won by decision over Riley Hollingshead (SF Roosevelt) 40-3 (Dec 5-3)

Max Donovan (Chamberlain) 44-4 won by fall over Tristan Permann (Sturgis) 13-5 (Fall 3:23)


Lincoln Turman (Pierre) 26-2 won by decision over Giovanni Ruffo (Yankton) 37-11 (Dec 5-2)

Isaac Klinkhammer (Brandon Valley) 42-0 won by decision over Collin Powell (Chamberlain) 36-4 (Dec 6-4)


Lucus Anglin (Vermillion) 38-3 won by decision over Tate Johnson (Brandon Valley) 38-10 (Dec 6-0)

Jacob Moore (Aberdeen Central) 31-4 won by decision over Cody BeVier (Rc Stevens) 38-7 (Dec 5-3)


William Turman (Pierre) 35-2 won by fall over Colby Mennis (Madison) 34-8 (Fall 1:10)

Spencer Stockman (Rc Stevens) 35-4 won by decision over Jaetin DeCou (Lennox) 48-7 (Dec 5-4)


Carlos Ruffo (Yankton) 30-0 won by decision over Brandon Sharkey (Rc Stevens) 41-12 (Dec 6-0)

Chipper Shillingstad (Huron) 31-5 won by fall over Tyson Stoebner (Lennox) 44-7 (Fall 5:13)


Michael Lusk (Pierre) 37-2 won by decision over Cooper Voorhees (Rc Stevens) 43-13 (Dec 3-2)

Trey Hage (Vermillion) 42-3 won by decision over Creighton Klinkhammer (Brandon Valley) 35-7 (Dec 8-3)


TahJae Jenkins Harris (Huron) 35-5 won by major decision over Nolan Johnson (Madison) 32-6 (MD 13-2)

Bailey Brengle (Sturgis) 40-3 won by decision over Will Jarrott (Aberdeen Central) 32-17 (Dec 6-2)


Briggs Havlik (Mitchell) 38-3 won by decision over Collin Becker (Dakota Valley) 36-5 (Dec 7-2)

Collin Haar (Aberdeen Central) 45-7 won in sudden victory - 1 over Austin Senger (Pierre) 36-7 (SV-1 5-3)


Kolby Kost (Rc Central) 39-1 won by fall over Zach Witte (SF O`Gorman) 38-8 (Fall 4:37)

Jacob Schoon (Brookings) 29-1 won by decision over Nick Schirado (Harrisburg) 37-5 (Dec 4-0)


Dante Colicheski (Rc Stevens) 46-1 won by major decision over Brett Culver (Vermillion) 37-13 (MD 10-1)

Bridger Kraye (Rc Central) 52-7 won by decision over Wyatt Larsen (Huron) 36-4 (Dec 7-0)


Carson Max (Mitchell) 31-3 won by decision over Gabriel Rieger (Huron) 23-13 (Dec 9-3)

Joey Otta (SF Roosevelt) 37-5 won by fall over Gage Gehring (Pierre) 30-12 (Fall 4:00)


Brody Surrell (Vermillion) 42-6 won by fall over Joel Carpenter (Sturgis) 38-2 (Fall 2:51)

Logan Warzecha (Harrisburg) 40-3 won by injury default over Zack Siemonsma (Huron) 17-6 (Inj. 5:30)


Nash Hutmacher (Chamberlain) 45-0 won by fall over Kaden Johnson (Aberdeen Central) 40-12 (Fall 1:55)

Nick Casperson (Beresford/Alcester-Hudson) 37-0 won by fall over Sam Detert (Harrisburg) 27-12 (Fall 0:57)

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