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State wrestling tournament notebook: Bodewitz wins two matches for Marion/Freeman

RAPID CITY--For the first time in four years, the Marion/Freeman wrestling team is guaranteed a state placewinner. Sophomore and Freeman's Dalton Bodewitz will finish no worse than eighth-place today after he defeated Potter County's Chance Stuwe...

Marion/Freeman's Dalton Bodewitz, right, attempts to get loose in the 126-pound quarterfinal match Friday at the Class B state wrestling tournament in Rapid City. (Marcus Traxler/Republic)
Marion/Freeman's Dalton Bodewitz, right, attempts to get loose in the 126-pound quarterfinal match Friday at the Class B state wrestling tournament in Rapid City. (Marcus Traxler/Republic)

RAPID CITY-For the first time in four years, the Marion/Freeman wrestling team is guaranteed a state placewinner.

Sophomore and Freeman's Dalton Bodewitz will finish no worse than eighth-place today after he defeated Potter County's Chance Stuwe 7-6 and Burke/Gregory's Finn Hanson 5-2 at the Class B state wrestling tournament on Friday in Rapid City.

Bodewitz, who was the lone Marion/Freeman wrestler to qualify for state, started his day by beating Stuwe in the first round.

"Shooting the takedowns was really big for me in that one," said Bodewitz, the No. 6 wrestler in the 126-pound weight class. "I can't always keep people down, but my shots really came in there for me."

Meanwhile, Marion/Freeman coach Chris Sayler said there were nerves initially for Bodewitz, but he overcame the anxiety.

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"He wrestled tight in the first match, but he did what he had to do to win," Sayler said. "We knew that he'd have to wrestle well on his feet, and he did that. It secured the win for us."

In his next match, Bodewitz fell to No. 1 Dirk Wolf, of Lemmon/McIntosh, 8-1.

But he bounced back to win against Hanson in the wrestlebacks. Only five schools brought one wrestler to the Class B state tournament and Bodewitz's finish brings back memories of a strong tradition for Freeman and its wrestling program.

"I'm very happy to see him here," Sayler said. "It's been a few years since we had a kid place here, and he's been doing a good job all year. I'm expecting big things from him the next two years."

As for Bodewitz, he's just focused on winning a match tomorrow.

"I think it was good experience being out here out state," he said. "There's nothing really too it, I'm just trying to do the best I can here."

Six individuals to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Before the championship matches take place today, the South Dakota Wrestling Coaches Association will induct six new members into its Hall of Fame.

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The members include Dan Bohl, Jerry Bussler, Clair Donavon, John Houska, Wilbur Nelson and Trevor Wilson.

Donavon was a former Mitchell High School wrestler, who later attended Black Hills State University. He has been on the South Dakota High School Activities Association Wrestling Advisory Committee and has officiated many state tournaments.

Meanwhile, Houska coached wrestling in Gregory and Huron. He has been a wrestling official for 35 years and is a member of several hall of fames in South Dakota.

Mikrut pulls off big early upset

Wolsey-Wessington's Jesse Mikrut pulled off arguably the biggest upset of the South Dakota Class B state wrestling tournament on Friday.

Entering the match, Beresford's Nick Casperson was undefeated at 43-0. But Mikrut pinned Casperson in 2 minutes and 35 seconds to steal the match. Mikrut also won his quarterfinal match, defeating Stanley County's Jack Whaley 4-0.

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