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Potter County Battler wrestlers place fifth in Region 4B, six headed to state tourney

The Battlers placed fifth as a team at the Region 4B tourney, advancing six wrestlers to the State B tourney in Aberdeen this weekend. Pictured are (back row, l to r) Coaches Mike Schlachter and Eric Stuwe, Stats Lilli Cronin (Matt and Janet) and Cassidy Soper (Duane and Connie), Garrett Rausch (Lance). Front row: Asst. Coach Josh Schmidt, Austin Haberer (Lisa and Bryan), Jace Everson (Barb and Pat), Cole Geditz (Cheri and Kevin), and Luke Vogel (Rick and Michelle), Asst. Coach Sam McCloud, and Brody Schatz (Mark and Sheila).

The Potter County wrestlers traveled to Rapid City on Saturday, Feb. 16 to participate in the 2013 Region 4B Wrestling Championships tournament.
The Battlers placed six wrestlers who will be participating in the State B tournament in Aberdeen on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23.  The six wrestlers who placed were:  Brody Schatz at 126# and Austin Haberer at 160# both placing 2nd, Jace Everson at 138#, Cole Geditz at 152# and Luke Vogel at 170# all placing 3rd and Garrett Rausch at 120# placing 4th.  The Battlers placed 5th as a team for Region 4B.
The other schools participating in the Region 4B tournament were:  Bennett County (BC), Custer (CUST), Harding County (HC), Hill City (HILL), Hot Springs (HS), Lemmon/McIntosh (LEM/M), Mobridge/Pollock (MOB/P), Newell (NEW), Philip Area (PHIL), Potter County, Red Cloud (RC), St. Thomas More (STM), Stanley County (SC) and Sully Buttes (SB).
Individual results from the Region 4B tournament are as follows:
Carl Cronin 106# (31-19)  Lost by major decision 0-8 to Dirk Wolf (LEM/M), won by pin in 1:37 over Dylan VanDerBoom (NEW), and lost by decision 0-7    to Daniel Slama (SC).
Luke Smith 113# (8-18) Lost by fall to Brady Hill (SB), won by pin in 4:28 over Tagg Petrak (BC), and lost by fall to Chad Whitley (SC).
Garrett Rausch 120# (30-19)  Won by major decision 12-0 over Jaden Madison (MOB/P), lost by fall to Nick Donnelly (PHIL), won by pin in 1:55 over Austin Wiley (SB) and lost by decision 5-11 to Patrick Wilson (LEM/M) to place 4th.
Brody Schatz 126# (32-10)  Won by pin in 1:34 over Josh Twiss (RC), won by decision 11-5 over Lukas Chase (SC) and lost by decision 2-8 to Marshall Swanson (HILL) to place 2nd.
Chris Zuber 132# (17-21)  Won by pin in :31 over Brandon Peterson (LEM/M), lost by fall to Cody Larson (BC), won by pin in 2:37 over Chase Ninceheiser (SB), and lost by fall to Dominic Bradford (STM).
Jace Everson 138# (29-9)  Lost by fall to Sam Ireland (BC), won by pin in 3:56 over Jordan Feist (MOB/P) and won by major decision 9-1 over Casey Heninger (SC) to place 3rd.
Truman Weyand 145# (17-24)  Lost by fall to Jacob DeSersa (HS) and lost by fall to Travis Hill (SB).
Cole Geditz 152# (37-9)  Won by major decision 15-2 over Brady Hicks (BC), lost by decision 9-13 to Dylan Severyn (CUST), won by decision 9-2 over Cooper Carter (SC) and won by injury default over Jace Anderson (SB) to place 3rd.
Austin Haberer 160# (34-9)  Won by pin in 3:34 over Francisco Escobar (HILL), won in double OT 4-1 over Jared Harkless (HS) and lost by fall to Chandler Sudbeck (PHIL) to place 2nd.
Luke Vogel 170# (26-16)  Won by major decision 16-2 over Dylan Hill (SB), lost by major decision 6-15 to Clayton Wahlstrom (CUST), won by decision 4-1 over Jason Van Vugt (MOB/P) and won by decision 7-6 over Dylan Hill (SB) to place 3rd.