Final 12 months, the Brandon Valley wrestling crew completed a degree shy of claiming their first-ever Class A crew championship. Since that evening, they’ve been on a quest to rewrite historical past and, in flip, turn out to be the primary Sioux Falls metro space crew to win a state wrestling title in 49 years.
The Lynx accomplished that query Saturday evening in Fast Metropolis, ending with a complete rating of 188, properly away from defending champion Fast Metropolis Stevens (166.5) and third-place Pierre (144).
“All of our guys who went via that final 12 months — getting so shut simply to lose it like that — it is actually pushed them this final 12 months,” coach Derek Outland informed SDPB. “To get right here proper now and to win this championship is actually candy for these guys, for all that work to repay… It is a actually particular factor to know that they made historical past.”
BV’s two particular person champions — Trason Oehme (126) and Navarro Schunke (285) — each completed the season undefeated, whereas Jordon Oehme (120), Alex Mentzer (132), Isaac Klinkhammer (160) and Owen Warren (220) all completed runner-up of their respective weight courses. In whole all however 4 of the state champ’s state qualifiers reached the rostrum.
Klinkhammer suffered his first lack of the season in heartbreaking trend, falling in additional time to Sturgis’ Wren Jacobs within the 160-pound ultimate. It was a gutsy efficiency (and season total) by the South Dakota State-bound senior, who tore his lateral collateral ligament and posterior cruciate ligament simply two weeks earlier than the season. He discovered success regardless of the harm, ending with a report of 28-1.
“Isaac, my senior captain, he is been with us for 5 years and I can not say sufficient about him and all my seniors,” Outland stated. “Isaac’s an incredible chief. Clearly it was a heartbreaker for him to exit that means. We talked about the truth that issues do not at all times go your means, nevertheless it does not change how we really feel about him. We’re very happy with him.”
Inaugural ladies champions topped
South Dakota’s first ladies state wrestling champions had been topped Saturday evening.
Notable champions from Class A included Fast Metropolis Stevens’ Web page Denke, a nationally-ranked grappler at 124; Yankton’s Nevaeh Leonard (131) and Spearfish sophomore Taylor Graveman (143), who’s ranked No. 13 nationally. Harrisburg’s Regina Stoeser (124), Roosevelt’s Ali Bissell (167), Lincoln’s Betsy Martinez (185) and Lennox’s Brooke Otte (275) all positioned runner-up.
In Class B, Canton’s Carlee Laubach (185) claimed the 185-pound title, whereas teammates Rachel Mastalir (140), Carly Ballinger (160) and Kiara King (275) all completed runner-up. Viborg-Hurley’s Gia Miller additionally completed runner-up at 185.
Laubach claimed the Class B most pins award with 4. “That is fairly cool, is not it?” coach Jeremy Ask beamed. “She pinned each opponent she had.”
The C-Hawks certified 16 ladies for this 12 months’s state match.
“Each one in all them who was on the crew, so long as that they had wrestled a match and weighed in previous to Feb. 1 certified in the event that they wished to take part,” Ask stated. “All 16 of our ladies wished to offer it a go. All of them got here and competed. It was enjoyable.”