Battler wrestlers compete in Salem
The Potter County Battler wrestling team scored 81 points for an eighth place finish in the team standings at the McCook Central-Montrose Invitational wrestling tournament. The tourney was held Saturday, Jan. 4 in Salem.
Potter County had five place winners with two third place, two fifth place and one seventh place finisher.
The Battler wrestling team competed against wrestlers they won’t see again until the State tournament. The Battlers placed five boys at the end of an extremely competitive tournament. Luke Smith and Brody Schatz placed third; Lucas Vogel and Chris Zuber placed fifth and Carl Cronin placed seventh. There were 18 teams representing 33 towns in attendance.
106# Carl Cronin: 10-1 major decision over Trever Stene (AH); 2-8 loss to Hunter Peterson (PHIL); win by pin in 3:40 over Ty Namanny (KWLPG); 6-11 loss to Marcus Urban (MVPC); win by pin in 3:42 over Chase Anderson (PK) to place 7th.
113# Chance Stuwe: fall to Paul Lauck (MCM); 12-4 major decision over Blake Boes (BG); fall to Roman Fehr (EPJ).
120# Luke Smith: win by pin in :52 over Domenick Wilson (AH); 12-1 major decision over Dalton Bodewitz (MF); fall to Alex Caba (BHS); win by pin in 3:58 over Shaw Winters (BG); 7-4 decision over Ty Haneke (BER) to place 3rd.
132# Brody Schatz: win by technical fall in 2:29 over Jack Miller (LYM); win by pin in 1:39 over Nic Watson (MF); 6-11 loss to Rance Johnson (PHIL); win by pin in 2:06 over CJ Tillatson (MCM); win by pin in 2:13 over Kruz Knudson (MVPC) to place 3rd.
138# Chris Zuber: 13-4 major decision over Kade Hellman (BHS);loss by technical fall to Nick Donnelly (PHIL); win by pin in :37 over Evan Mansfield (DV); win by pin in 1:19 over Michael Clark (BG unattached); 0-5 loss to Caleb Krouse (MCM); win by technical fall in 4:58 over Sam Caba (BH) to place 5th.
145# Jesse Wheeler: 0-10 loss to Michael Cremer (MF); win by pin over 2:04 Jim Mayrose (MCM unattached); loss by fall to Levi Schonebaum (BG).
182# Lucas Vogel: win by pin in :54 over Jed Vissia (MVPC); 4-2 decision over John Hointen (MCM); loss by fall to Josh Casperson (BER); 4-5 loss to Grady Carley (PHIL); 8-2 decisioin over John Hointen (MCM) to place 5th.
195# Jordan Trujillio: loss by fall to Cain Rotert (MCM); loss by fall to Alan Hataaja (BH).
220# JR Belford: loss by fall to Justice Verhey (PK); loss by fall to Andrew Teply (EPJ).
Towns and their abbreviations: Alcester/Hudson (AH); Beresford (BER); BonHomme/Scotland (BHS); Burke/Gregory (BG); Dakota Valley (DV); Elk Point/Jefferson (EPJ); Flandreau (FLD); Kimball/White Lake/Platte/Geddes (KWLPG); Kingsbury County (KC); Lyman (LYM), Marion/Freeman (MF) McCook Central/Montrose (MCM); Mt. Vernon/Plankinton/Corisca (MVPC); Parker (PK); Philip Area (PHIL); Potter County (PC); Wessington Springs/Woonsocket (WSW); Wolsey/Wessington (WW).