With four champions, two runner-ups and one third place finisher, the Flandreau Fliers earned themselves second place in this years Big East/Lake Central Conference Tournament last Saturday in Flandreau.
The Fliers were heavily represented in the championship rounds of the tournament with six wrestlers having a chance at the championship and one having a chance for third.
Dylan Rice got things started off in the 106 lb division by picking up a 6-2-decision victory over Deuel’s Devon Sievers to take home the championship in the lightest weight class.
Flandreau was unrepresented in the 113, 120 and 126 weight classes but started their dominance with Casey Johnson at 132.
Johnson, who lost an 11-7 decision to Garretson’s Colby Pierret in the second round of the tournament, had a chance for the third place medal when he faced off with Howard’s Adonis Ruml. The two wrestlers battled to a 2-2 tie after the three periods and were forced to a sudden death overtime period. Right when it looked light Ruml had the upper hand, Johnson flipped the switch on him and picked up two points and the win.
Tate Lacey took to the mat representing Flandreau’s 138 lb wrestler. Lacey, who earned a bye in the first round and pinned his opponent just 63 seconds into their second round bout, was able to pin Garretson’s Tyler Williams 1:42 into the match to take home his sixth straight tournament victory.
Jace Christiansen took home the title in the 145 lb division, defeating Deuel’s Jordan Lovre via the pin, just 43 seconds into the second round. With the victory, Christiansen improved his season record to an outstanding 39-2, and gave Flandreau their third champion of the tournament.
In one of the more entertaining matches of the night, Jake Scofield lost a heart breaker to Howard’s Tanner Henkel in the 152 lb division championship. Scofield trailed most of the match but came back to tie it in the third round, only to come up one point shy of sending it to an overtime period. Scofield improves to 28-10 on the season with his second place finish.
Kyle Scofield entered the tournament as the second seed in the 170 lb. division at 32-5 and would eventually face off with top seeded James Jungwirth of Howard. Scofield battled through the first two rounds but was eventually pinned in the third by Jungwirth.
Flandreau had one more chance at a championship in Dakota Petersen. Petersen entered the tournament as the favorite in the 182 lb division and did what he had to do to claim his title. Petersen edged Kingsbury County’s Evan Larsen 3-2 to take home the championship.
Although the Fliers had the most champions, they fell 18.5 points short of the team title, which was claimed by the Blue Dragons of Garretson. Garretson had two champs, four runner-ups, one third and two fourth place finishers.
The team results are as follows: Garretson (152.50), Flandreau (135), McCook Central/Montrose (131.50), Howard (125.50), Clark/Willow Lake (91), Deuel (85), Kingsbury County (72), Parker (55), Sioux Valley (54).
The Fliers also competed at the Deuel Quadrangular last Tuesday. The Fliers defeated Sioux Valley 60-24, and Deuel 41-16, but fell to Pipestone (MN) in their final match up. Jake Scofield, Jace Christiansen and Kyle Scofield all went 3-0 for the Fliers on the night.
The Fliers will wrap up their regular season on Friday when they travel to Tri-Valley to compete in the Tri-Valley Quad.