Fliers back on the mat


Flandreau wrestlers split in dual action at Freeman and placed four in the Jesse James Wrestling Tournament in Garretson.


Freeman quad
FREEMAN- Flandreau beat Garretson 34-33 on criteria and fell 42-30 to Marion/Freeman in a wrestling triangular Thursday.
“For our first action back from a long break, I thought we wrestled fairly well,” said coach Derek Genzlinger. “We were a little sloppy in some areas but also gave us a lot to work on in practice.”
The Fliers are now 4-4 in dual action on the year.


Jesse James Tournament
GARRETSON - The Fliers placed two in second place Saturday at the Jesse James Invitational. Brayden Wiese at 106 and Chase Reed at 220 both earned runner-up.  The team also had Dylan Christenson at 113 and Caleb Dietrich at 195 both take fourth place.
“I thought we wrestled very well on the day, wrestling a lot of ranked kids and competing well,” Genzlinger noted.
Wiese open the day with a :33 fall over Raider Wickre of Beresford/Alcester-Hudson and then earned a 4-2 decision over Brock Kotalik of Bon Homme/Scotland in the semis. In the championship round, Wiese earned a first period takedown, but Gavin Braun of Parkston got a reversal and led throughout the rest of the match for a 9-4 decision.
Reed earned a second period fall (3:43) over DJ Rueb of Bon Homme/Scotland to open his day. In his semi-final match with Chamberlain’s Gunner Ristau, the first period ended scoreless. The next two periods closed with each wrestler starting in the down position, both earning an escape to end the match at 1-1. It would take four over time periods for Reed to finally get the 3-2 decision and move on to the finals. Tri Valley’s Ethan Nehlich defeated the Flier 3-1 to take the championship and place Reed second.
“Brayden and Chase both got beat by top-four ranked kids in the state and both competed extremely well with Brayden losing a close decision and Chase losing in overtime on a last second takedown.”
At 113, Christenson pinned Isaac Boden of B/AH (2:56), then lost in the second round to Chamberlain’s Devyn Anderson by fall. He rebounded in the wrestlebacks to take a 10-6 decision over BH/S’s Luke Guthmiller, 10-6 but lost in the third place match to Hayes Johnson of Elk Point-Jefferson in a 6-2 decision.
Dietrich in his first match of the season, earned a second period fall over Alex Andresen of Tri-Valley, 3:18. He lost the next match to Chamberlin’s Noah Hutmatcher to head to the wrestlebacks. The Flier quickly pinned Parkston’s Lane Johnson :28 but fell in the third place match to Landon Schurch of B/A-H by fall, 2:15.
“Caleb was able to place and beat a top-four kid in our region and Dylan improved in a lot of areas from Thursday.”
Other Flier wrestlers seeing action were Justin Klein, 1-2 at 120 lbs., Karter Headrick, 1-2 at 138 lbs., Kolby Peters, 1-2 including an injury default and Gary Moose, 0-2 at 152 lbs.
Chamberlain won the title with 193.5 points. The Fliers were 7th.
This week the Fliers were to be in Parkston on Tuesday and then will be in a tourney Saturday in Tri-Valley. The Flandreau team will host their final home meet on Thursday, January 21. Teams attending will be Marion/Freeman, Beresford/Alcester-Hudson and Mt. Vernon/Plankinton/Corisca-Stickney. First match at 5 p.m.

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