Matmen get back into action Saturday

BRANDON – Flandreau had 25 team points and took 18th at the Dan Pansch/Jesse James Invitational on Saturday.

Canton won the title with 212 points and Harrisburg (196) was second.

Michael Witte placed third at 145 pounds to lead the Fliers.

He majored Brandon Valley’s 12-1 in the first round and added an 11-0 major decision over Luverne’s Jed Dooyema in the quarterfinals. After falling 3-1 to Brandon Valley’s Creighton Klinkhammer in the semis, Witte majored Harrisburg’s Max Johnson in a consolation bout and won by forfeit in the third-place match.

“Michael came in to the tournament seeded 5th and arguably wrestled his best overall tournament of the season,” said Coach Travis Ahrens.

Brenden Ten Eyck pinned Vermillion’s Tyson Hage in 1:46 in a prelim match at 152 pounds and later added a 6-4 consolation win over Tea Area’s Cole Ebert. He went 2-2 on the day.

Hunter Witte (106 pounds) won his prelim 12-1 over Spencer Upton of Beresford but then dropped two matches. Brayden Sayler (132) and Preston Keith (160) both finished 0-2.

“We split our squad up to help give our guys some quality competition based on their level of experience this Saturday,” said Ahrens. The younger wrestlers attended the Madison Junior Varsity Tournament.

At 120 pounds, Tanner Christenson won his first-round match with a 13-1 major decision over Dell Rapids’ Weston Mason but lost by fall in 1 minute, 28 seconds to Jack Eichacker of Sioux Falls Roosevelt. In consolation action, Christenson dropped a 2-1 decision to Tea Area’s Devin Pence to be eliminated.

Two Fliers wrestled at 138 pounds – Austin Kulm and Toby Taylor, who finished in fourth place.

Taylor received a forfeit in the first round and then won by fall in 2:21 over Tea Area’s Montana Pence in the quarterfinals. He lost by fall in 2:39 to West Central’s Justin Zirpel in the semis, but came back with another win by fall in 1:56 over Beau Williams of Canton in the consolation semifinals to advance to the third-place match. Taylor lost by fall in 5:00 to Watertown’s Jarrett Mettler to place fourth.

Kulm also received a forfeit in the first round and then lost by fall in 3:47 to Zirpel of West Central. In consolation action, Kulm needed just 2 minutes to pin Dell Rapids Kevin Keener, followed by another pin of Tea Area’s Montana Redday in 2:12. But in the semis, Watertown’s Mettler won an 8-5 decision to end Kulm’s day.

At 170 pounds, Kolby Peters went 0-2, losing by fall in 2:34 to Colton Bechard of Sioux Falls Lincoln before losing by fall in 52 seconds to Chamberlain’s River Burkard.

Chase Reed also finished fourth at 220 pounds. Reed lost by fall in 5:17 in the first round to Colin Reif of McCook/Central Montrose; received a bye in the first round of consolation and then won a 10-1 major decision over Kyle Cavigielli of Dell Rapids in the semifinals. In the third-place match, Reed lost by fall in 2:07 to Canton’s Ben Lasley to place fourth.

“I was really proud of all of our guys this weekend,” said Ahrens.

“After a long break from competition, our guys came out and wrestled really hard.”

Flandreau was to be in a quad at West Lyon, IA also with Parker and Parkston. On Saturday, they’ll be at Tri-Valley.

“Things will get busy the next 4-5 weeks for us as we get into the bulk of our schedule this season.”

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