Thirty high school wrestling teams took to the mats Friday and Saturday at the Rapid City Individual Tournament and Gillette (Wyo.) won the big tournament by 5 points over Pierre.
Gillette totaled 184 points to 178 for Pierre. Aberdeen Central finished in the middle of the pack in 15th place with 80 points.
One of the positives for the Golden Eagles was advancing nine wrestlers to Saturday’s round including Trevor Hieb (113 pounds), Zach Russman (126), Griffin Hieb (138), Levi Haar (145), Mitchell Johnson (152), Zach Melcher (160), Brenden Miller (182), Aaron Henley (195) and Sam Schaunaman (heavyweight).
One of the negatives was that Central proceeded to lose eight of those matches on the second day.
“It is a real tough tournament,” said Central wrestling coach Shawn Lewis. “We had nine guys make it to the second day which was a real positive but we lost eight of nine matches the first round of the second day. That’s hard to swallow. Our kids were right there and just needed to make that second step.”
The only Central wrestler to place was Griffin Hieb and he had to knock off several rated wrestlers to take home a third place finish. Griffin Hieb lost his very first match of the tournament 11-8 to a wrestler from Gillette, Wyo., on Friday. After that Griffin Hieb recorded three pins and four decisions. He defeated Cain Glanzer of Huron 10-6 in overtime, Blake Stone of Rapid City Central 12-0 and Nick Monteith of Sturgis 2-1 in three overtimes.
“Griffin’s second day was a highlight. He beat the Rapid City kid who’s ranked fourth in the state, Glanzer from Huron who’s a returning state champion and number one rated, and the Monteith kid who’s rated number two. Monteith beat Griffin in triple overtime in the first round last year in the Rapid City tournament. He beat the first, second and fourth rated kid in the state. If you place in the top eight at Rapid City you should be able to place in the top eight at state,” said Lewis.
Team Points: Gillette (Wyo.) 184, Pierre 178 , Sturgis 174, Bismarck (N.D.) 164 , Rapid City Central 160, Windsor (Wyo.) 157 , Mitchell 115 , Worland (Wyo.) 115 , Powell (Wyo.) 114 , Rapid City Stevens 113, Winner 109, Huron 105, Sioux Falls Washington 93, Spearfish/Lead-Deadwood 88 , Aberdeen Central 80, Casper Natrona (Wyo.) 76 , Sheridan (Wyo.) 76 , Mandan (N.D.) 59 , Torrington (Wyo.) 49, Sioux Falls Lincoln 48 , Chamberlain 34, Hot Springs 31, Harding County 28, Thermapolis (Wyo.) 28, Custer 27 , Hill City 26, Buffalo (Wyo.) 20, St. Thomas More 16, Belle Fourche 13, Douglas 13.
113 pounds: Trevor Hieb, Aberdeen Central, def. Jordan Moser, Rapid City Stevens, 5-4; lost to Evan Smith, Gillette, 11-0; pinned Marcus Andersh, Douglas, :24; def. Jackson Hanify, Sheridan, 3-2; pinned by Gene Trimble, Spearfish, 1:21.
120 pounds: Jordan Johnston, Aberdeen Central, pinned Caleb Marler, Rapid City Central, :49; pinned by Reese Norton, Spearfish, 3:42; pinned Cade Johnson, Rapid City Stevens, 2:13; lost to Kholin Harmon, Sheridan, 13-11 OT.
126 pounds: Zach Russman, Aberdeen Central, lost to Andrew Feller, Powell, 9-3; received a bye; pinned Kemper Gusso, Belle Fourche, :44; pinned Dylan Larson, Sioux Falls Washington, 2:44; lost to Ryan O’Connor, Sioux Falls Lincoln, 2-0.
138 pounds: Griffin Hieb, Aberdeen Central, lost to Alex Lacasse, Gillette, 11-8; pinned Nathan Powell, Chamberlain, :33; pinned Zach Devries, Sioux Falls Washington, 1:25; pinned Patrick Hunter, Worland, 1:33; def. Andy Nelson, Spearfish, 6-2; def. Blake Stone, Rapid City Central, 12-0; def. Cain Glanzer, Huron, 10-6 OT; def. Nick Monteith, Sturgis, 2-1 3OT. THIRD PLACE.
145 pounds: Levi Haar, Aberdeen Central, lost to Adam Stein, Mandan, 14-9; pinned Justin Harkless, Hot Springs, 1:47; def. Jarrid Claussen, Chamberlain, 2-1; def. Kyle Carlson, Rapid City Central, 9-8; lost to Taylor Bell, Buffalo, 6-2.
152 pounds: Mitchell Johnson, Aberdeen Central, received a bye; def. Jordan Fischer, Gillette, 3-1 OT; pinned by Matt Pounds, Worland, :42; lost to Reagan Francom, Huron, 1-0.
160 pounds: Zach Melcher, Aberdeen Central, received a bye; lost to Tanner Olson, Gillette, 13-7; pinned Jacob Thunder Shield, Chamberlain, 2:02; lost to Seth Haper, Sioux Falls Lincoln, 5-4 3OT.
170 pounds: Kevin Norton, Aberdeen Central, lost to Brent Havlik, Mitchell, 16-7, received a bye; pinned Connor Gose, Huron, 4:34; pinned Cody Schlecter, Custer, 2:24; lost to Lucas Giesey, Sheridan, 4-0.
182 pounds: Brenden Miller, Aberdeen Central, def. Evan Forsyth, Sheridan, 5-3; pinned by Mario Lupercio, Hill City, 2:57; pinned Ben Benson, Chamberlain, :41; def. Cody Carlson, Rapid City Central, 6-4 OT; pinned by Bronson Hernandez, Worland, 4:17.
195 pounds: Aaron Henley, Aberdeen Central, pinned Kennan Hazeltine, Rapid City Stevens, 2:26; pinned by Jaran Jensen, Rapid City Stevens, 1:05; received a bye; def. John Wilcox, Sturgis, 7-0; lost to Micah Roubideaux, Rapid City Central, 7-1.