By Dan Bechtold
a wrestler this is the greatest weekend of the year.
is state tournament time and this year the state meet will be held
Feb. 24, 25 and 26 in Sioux Falls at the Premier Center.
the work, sweat and dreams come down to this one weekend.
one of the top teams in Class B, won the Region 3B tournament and
qualified 11 wrestlers for state. Those who qualified are: Max
Brozik, Kason Keiser, Kaleb Osborn, Konnor Osborn, Kaden Keiser, Jack
Peters, Riley Orel, Joey Cole, Jack Kruger, Charley Pravecek and
had a strong push at the end to win the regional tournament,” said
coach Spencer Novotny.
added the team had its ups downs throughout the day.
Brozik, Kaleb Osborn, Kaden Keiser, Riley Orel and Achilles Willuweit
took care of business and were crowned regional champs.
Kruger had to wrestle the No. 1 kid in the state came up short taking
Peters wrestled a really good tournament and came from seventh seed
to qualify for the state tournament. He beat two rated guys to punch
his ticket,” said Novotny.
coach noted Joey Cole wrestled through an injury showing his
leadership and qualified for state.
Osborn wrestled really well and earned his first state tournament
Keiser and Charley Pravecek both wrestled tough but came up short of
making the championship match,” said Novotny.
Sargent had a tough day and was one match short of placing. He did
come back to get 5th
place at 138 pounds and in so doing the state chose him as an
alternate for the 138 pound weight class. This means that if someone
gets hurt, sick, or doesn’t make weight, Jude will be entered in
their spot for the tournament. Each weight class has one alternate.
added Ash Kaiser and Stetson Shelbourn put it all out there this
weekend but couldn’t get through to state. However, both Ash and
Stetson are still going to get to wrestle at the state dual
tournament on Saturday and will be valuable to the team in that
says state week is a fun week. “We were fortunate to qualify for
the state dual tournament so we will have all 14 varsity guys and
our three alternates in practice this week. It will be 14 going to
state plus Gus Bartels, Ryken Orel and Parker Mathis.
the dual tournament, Winner will wrestle Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon at
11a.m. The semifinals will start at 1 p.m. and the championship at 3
individual tournament will be held Thursday and Friday.
coach said Winner got some good draws and some bad draws for the
individual tournament. “We are ready to roll. This is what we have
been working for all season and it is finally here. We will be led
by our five seniors that will be wearing their Winner Warrior
singlets the last weekend of their career. Our younger guys are
hoping to turn a few heads this weekend and get to the podium,”