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Hutmacher's third consecutive title caps season-long pinfest

Chamberlain junior Nash Hutmacher celebrates winning his third consecutive Class A 285-pound state championship on Saturday at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. (Nick Sabato / Republic)

RAPID CITY—After the season and state tournament Nash Hutmacher put together, there was only one way it could end for the Chamberlain junior.

Hutmacher has been a wrecking ball this season, steamrolling his competition and doing so in short order. When Hutmacher took the mat for the Class A 285-pound championship match on Saturday against Mitchell freshman Beau Foote, all 32 of his prior matches this season ended with a pin and 31 of them came in the first round.

His four matches in the state tournament lasted a combined 1 minute, 59 seconds—less than one complete period—and it was punctuated with a 9-second pin to become the first wrestler to capture three consecutive 285-pound state championships.

"When I go out there, I'm not looking to hunt kids," Hutmacher said. "I'm just looking to go out there and get it done. I'm not looking to take them down and let them up. ... I don't want to do all that extra stuff."

Hutmacher (33-0) joined Canton's Kellyn March, Clark/Willow Lake's Caleb Orris and Aberdeen Central's Brenden Salfrank as the only wrestlers in the state to finish undefeated this season.

While this season may not have provided a carrot dangling at the end of the road, like upending defending state champion Eddie Miller, of Brookings, in 2017 or Beresford/Alcester-Hudson's unbeaten Nick Casperson in 2018, Hutmacher wanted to prove his dominance all season.

All of Hutmacher's matches combined to last 33 minutes, 43 seconds and was the lone wrestler in the state to have all of his matches decided by fall, along with another state championship spotlight match.

"I just try to dominate every match, just to show that I'm the best heavyweight in South Dakota," he said.

With his winning streak sitting at 124 matches and three undefeated seasons in a row, Hutmacher is moving on to bigger goals. He is now 16 shy of the state record for consecutive pins, held by former Rapid City Stevens star and 1984 Olympic gold medalist Randy Lewis, who posted 48 in 1974-1975.

Chamberlain head coach John Donovan believes Hutmacher is the most dominant wrestler he's coached at the school, and is also comparing him to some of his former pupils during his time at Harding County, including two-time University of Nebraska All-American B.J. Padden.

"There's something within them," Donovan said. "I don't know what it is, but they thrive on it and they're good people."

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