Individually, the Flandreau wrestling team performed pretty well last Tuesday night in Howard, but as a team, they were unable to pick up wins when they really needed them.
The Fliers dropped all three matches in the quad, losing to host Howard, 27-39, Dell Rapids, 32-39 and West Central, 17-45.
Flandreau was able to pick up wins versus Howard in the first two weight classes. Dylan Rice pinned Mitch Kramer in the 106 lb division and Martin Ruelas picked up six points via forfeit. After a loss in the 126 lb division, Casey Johnson got the Fliers back on the winning end with a 5-3 decision victory over Adonis Ruml. Tate Lacey and Jace Christiansen each followed up with major decision wins in the next two weight classes. Dakota Petersen rounded out the wins for Flandreau with major decision win in the 182 lb division.
Things didn’t start so quickly versus West Central however. The Fliers dropped the first four matches, two by pin and two by decision before Tate Lacey was able to get the Fliers on the board with his second win of the night, this one coming via the pin over Jake Anderson. Flandreau picked up six more points in the 145 lb division thanks to a forfeit. Petersen picked up the Fliers third and final win, wrestling in a weight class above, 195, and pinning Sam Lynde.
Flandreau got back on the horse versus Dell Rapids for their final match up. FHS picked up wins from Rice, Si Flatten, Johnson, Lacey, Christensen, Elliot Amdahl, and Kyle Scofield. The seven wins were just short of enough to take the match, losing 32-39.
But despite the three loses, some good things came from the quad according to head coach Travis Ahrens, “Two younger guys in our line-up that night really took some steps forward in Elliot Amdahl and Brock Belkham. Amdahl picked up a hard fought decision against Dells in his first season out for wrestling.”
The Fliers rebounded from their uncharacteristic performance on Tuesday, with an impressive team performance on Saturday at the Wagner State Invitational.
Headlined by three champions, the Fliers placed five wrestlers in an extremely difficult field, on their way to an eighth place team finish.
Rice had to make his way through the 106 lb consolation bracket to take home his fifth place finish. After losing to the eventual champion in Duncan Stoebner of Bon Homme, in the second round Rice was able to defeat Matt Abrose of Elk Point/Jefferson and Kolton Kribell of Berseford before losing to Kyler Holzbauer of Parkston, placing Rice in the fifth place match. Rice defeated Parker Ramstad of Tri-Valley via an 11-6 decision to take home the fifth place prize.
Lacey was Flandreau’s first champion at 138 lbs. Lacey made easy work of them all. He started the tournament with an opportunity to face his teammate, Saud Ahlschlager, who was wrestling unattached. Lacey pinned him in the first 30 seconds as well as pinning his championship opponent, William Edgar of Faulkton Area in just over a minute. Lacey has won all five tournaments he has participated in this year.
In a surprise finish, Christensen placed second to Weslee Dvorak of Parkston. Dvorak finished fifth in last years 120 lb state tournament. Christiansen pinned Trent Lyle of Beresford to open the tournament and picking up a default victory over his Faulkton opponent before defeating Austin Kaul of Bon Homme to get the championship. Christiansen was pinned late by Dvorak, leaving him with a second place finish.
Probably the most impressive performance of the night was by Flandreau’s 170 lb wrestler, Kyle Scofield. Scofield was competing in the most well rounded class of the tournament and was able to come out on top.
“170 was one of the deepest weight classes at the tourney. There was no easy match in the whole Bracket. Kyle [Scofield] wrestled with grit and determination the whole day and came out on top. What he did Saturday was special; he should feel good about it and we as coaches are really proud of him,” said Ahrens about his wrestler.
Scofield defeated Turner Blasius of Kimball/ White Lake/ Platte-Geddes via a close 3-1 decision. After the match, Scofield was presented with the Outstanding Wrestler award, voted on by all the teams in the tournament.
Petersen rounded out Flandreau’s champions by essentially walking through his bracket. Petersen earned a first round bye and followed that by a pin of Jesse Kirsch of KWLPG and a 16-0 decision over Dylan Rouzer of Garretson that placed him the championship. There, Petersen met his toughest match. Chance Knutson of Philip Area and Petersen battled it out the entire match with Petersen coming out on top with a 3-2 decision.
Parkston won the tournament with 14 wrestlers placing in the top six, including four champions. Tri Valley finished second with nine top-6 finishers including three champions. Flandreau was the only other school to pick up more than one champion.
The boys got back to the mat yesterday in Clear Lake for the Deuel Quad and will finally return home Saturday for the Big East/Lake Central Conference tournament.