Fliers wrestle tough at River City Rumble


CHAMBERLAIN –  In their first Class A wrestling tournament, the five Flier participants scored 57 points and had three wrestlers bring home medals.
Flandreau was at the River City Rumble in Chamberlain on Saturday.
Brayden Wiese took second at 126, Karter Headrick third at 170 and Justin Klein fourth in the 145 pound class.
Wiese opened with a win over Van Long, wrestling unattached, which was Wiese’s 100th win of his career
“Brayden had an exciting day with not just making the finals but after his first match of the day he reached his 100 varsity win,” said Coach Cody Chamblin.
“Brayden is starting to get in the groove now getting some practice time in. He fell in the finals to a highly ranked kid and placed second on the day.”
He then pinned Iron Cloud of Todd County. In the semis, he pinned Donovan of Chamberlain before falling in the finals to number three ranked Hawkins of Sisseton, 1:24.
Klein opened with a pin against Hicks of Douglas/Rapid City Christian/New Underwood in 3:11 but then lost by fall to Christensen of Milbank, 1:11. He came back to defeat Odell of Mitchell in 1:15, but then lost due to an injury to Pankratz of Sioux Falls O’Gorman in the third place match.
Coach Chamblin said there were quite a few ranked wrestlers in the 170 pound class with Headrick.
“Karter showed up to wrestle beating a region opponent and ranked wrestlers,” said Chamblin.
His day began with pinning Graesser of Chamberlain in 34 seconds, pinning Tibbetts of DRCC in 1:52 but then he took a loss against Oschner of Huron by a 17-2 tech fall. He came back with two more pins defeating Graesser again, 1:35 and also Kenable of O’Gorman, 4:26 for third place.
“He is wrestling well and is really focused on making it to the big show at the end of the year.”
Freshman Teague Bergjord fought hard said his coach but went 0-2 on the day and senior Caleb Pitsenberger was 1-2 matching up with the number one ranked wrestler in the opening round.
“Caleb showed up to wrestle but just fell short,” said Chamblin. “We are super proud of him and the way he wrestled.”
“First match of the day, he wrestled the number one kid in the state and showed great things but fell short in the match,” said Chamblin.
Pitsenberger beat a regional opponent, but fell just short of placing with a hard fought match.
“Caleb is turning the corner at the right time.”
The Flier girls did not wrestle in the tourney.
“Overall it was a great tournament and we’re making improvements,” said Chamblin.
“Hopefully we get all healthy and can have a great showing this Saturday in Brookings with it being a “mini state tournament”. Almost every one in our region is there along with highly ranked Class A schools.”
“It will be a good day to test the waters.”
 First whistle is 9 a.m. in teh Brooking High School gym.
River City Rumble Results
106 lbs. Teague Bergjord: bye; lost 6-3, Fischer, MIL; bye; LBP Hofer, Unat
126 lbs. Brayden Wiese: WBF 2:52 Van Long, Unat; WBF :51 Iron Cloud, TC; WBF 1:42 Donovan, CH; LBF 1:24 Hawkins, SIS, 2nd place
145 lbs. Justin Klein: WBF 3:11 Hicks, DRCC; LBF 1:11 Christensen, MIL; WBF 1:25 Odell, MIT; Lost Inj. Def. to Pankratz, SFO. 4th place
152 lbs. Caleb Pitsenberger: Lost 17-1 Tech Fall Tyler, MIT; bye; WBF 2:42 Oines, SFO; LBF 4:24 Sheeley, MIL
170 lbs. Karter Headrick: WBF :34 Graesser, CH; WBF 1:52 Tibbetts, DRCC; Lost Tech Fall 17-2 Ochsner, HUR; WBF 1:45 Graesser, CH; WBF 4:26 Kenable, SFO 3rd place

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