The Flandreau wrestling team only won one dual in a quadrangular held at Tri-Valley Schools last Friday, but Coach Derek Genzlinger saw a lot of positive action.
“I’m very happy with our performance,” said Genzlinger.
The Fliers won three matches via a Mustang forfeit in the 42-33 win. Those were taken by Dylan Christenson (113), Caleb Pitsenberger (170) and Chase Reed at 285.
Winning by fall were Brayden Wiese (106) :49, Karter Headrick (138) 1:27 and Tanner Christenson (145) 1:00.
Tathan Headrick won a 4-3 decision at 152 pounds and Gary Moose won 10-6 at 160 pounds.
“(I thought it was a) very complete effort in the first dual,” said Genzlinger.
“Karter got a huge win that swung a lot of points for us.”
Eighth grader Karter Headrick earned a big upset win over the Class B 10th ranked wrestler when he earned a first period fall.
“Going in, we figured 145, 152, and 160 were going to be the deciding matches and we ended up winning all three of them which was huge.”
The Fliers faced a tough Kingsbury County and lost the dual 45-21.
D. Christenson won an 8-6 decision at 113 pounds, Justin Klein won 8-2 at 120 pounds and Kolby Peters won 7-4 at 170 pounds. Winning by fall was T. Headrick (3:37) and Reed won by forfeit.
“Kingsbury has a very good team so I thought our performance was very good,” said Genzlinger.
“Kolby wrestled very well against a good opponent to get the win.”
Peters, who hasn’t been on the mat lately, was able to get two quality matches in before regions.
The Fliers and Blue Dragons ended in a 42-all tie, but Garretson won the dual by criteria F.
Winning by forfeit was Wiese, Klein, Peters and Pitsenberger while K. Headrick (3:28), T. Christenson (3:59) and T. Headrick (1:56) all won by fall.
“We were missing a couple of guys in our last dual of the night which caused the dual to end tied, but again, a great performance,” noted Genzlinger.
“Karter upset another senior ranked opponent to cap his big night and Tanner also pinned a region opponent.”
Saturday, the Fliers will be in Region 2B action at Salem (moved from Freeman). The top four wrestlers in each weight division advance to the State B tournament in Rapid City, Feb. 25-27.
“We have five days of practice before Regions in Salem so we need to keep improving and get as many guys through as we can.”