Flandreau had four place winners in the Kingsbury County Invitational wrestling meet on Saturday at Arlington. The Fliers were in action against some Class A schools as Madison, Brookings and Sioux Falls O’Gorman were among the 16 schools in attendance. Flandreau finished in a respectable fourth place behind Brookings, Madison and Parker. Brookings had 8 individual champions.
Leading the way for the Fliers were senior wrestlers, Jake Scofield at 152 lbs. and Jace Christiansen at 160 lbs. who both claimed championship honors. Right behind them were two freshmen wrestlers, Dylan Rice at 106 lbs. taking second place and Brock Belkham at 145 lbs. taking third.
Enroute to their titles, Scofield won a 2-1 decision over Devon Crandall of Brookings and Christiansen pinned Tyler Heeren of Madison. Also in the championship match, Rice lost to Justin Nixon of Brookings. Belkham’s third place match was against Tyler Guthmiller of Madison and the Flier won 6-1.
Rice’s day at 113 lbs. began with a pin of Conner Bell of O’Gorman in 1:13 and then a :46 pin of JRon Simon of Tiospa Zina. He then defeated Aaron Elijah of Sioux Valley with a :41 fall before being defeated by Brooking’s Nixon, ranked 4th in Class A, in the championship round in a 6-4 decision. Rice is also ranked 4th but in Class B polls.
Belkham opened the day with a bye in the 145 lb. class and then took a 14-8 decision over Tyler Guthmiller of Madison. He came out in the third round but took a narrow 1-0 loss to Jaylen Dickau of Alcester-Hudson to drop down a bracket. Here he wrestlebacked to defeat Dylan Naglestad of Parker, 13-6 and then met up with Guthmiller again and won a 6-1 decision for third place.
Flier senior Jake Scofield started with a bye and then pinned Parker Kroll of Groton Area in 1:56. The third round found him decisioning Jackson Jones of Madison, 15-2 to move onto the 152 lb. championship match where he defeated Devon Crandall of Brookings, 2-1. The Brookings senior is ranked third in Class A polls and Scofield is 6th in Class B.
In keeping his season record perfect, at 32-0, Christiansen took a first round bye and then won over Marion-Freeman’s Wesley York, pinning him in 1:01. Next was Madison’s Cole Leighton who the Flier defeated in 2:34 before taking on Madison’s Tyler Heeren. Christiansen, ranked first in the Class B 160 weight class, pinned the Bulldog in 2:52 to claim the championship.
Other wrestlers results
106: Michael Witte – won Maj. 15-4 Hight, OG; lbf :54 Puppe, Brk; won 8-5 dec. Stene Alc-Hud; lost 8-2 dec. Steven Wes. Sprg.
113: Martin Ruelas Unattached – lbf 3:08 Elijah SV; wbf :22 Ortiz-Sanchez M-F; won dec. Plucker Par; wbf 2:33 Bell OG; lbf 4:14 Elijah SV
120: Dylan Erickson – wbf :39 Braun War/Nrthwst; lbf 1:29 Jessop LC; lost 5-1 dec. Jensen Par
126: Taylor Ryan – lbf 1:45 Mennis Mad; lbf 2:47 Mundt Brit-Hec
132: Brendan TenEyck – won forfeit M-F; lbf :44 O’Connell OG; lbf 3:59 Tulowetzke War/Nrthwst
145: Si Flatten – won dec. Stevens SV; lost 6-4 dec. McIntosh Brit-Hec; won bye; lost 7-1 dec. Naglestad Par
170: Wayne Quinn – won bye; lbf :27 Palmer Brk; won bye; llbf Schelske Lym.Co
182: Anthony Bakkedahl – lbf 3:12 Globke M-F; won bye; lbf :38 Harms Par
195 Ira Zephier – lbf :20 Heap OG; won bye; lbf :51 Zmolek Kings Co.
220: Austin Johnson – wbf 5:09 Gilbertson KingsCo; lbf 3:24 Miller Brk; wbf 1:19 Jensen Tiospa Zina; won forfeit; lbf :18 Goodfellow SV
285: Logan Barboza – won bye; lbf 4:27 Schmiedt Wes Sprgs; lbf :32 Dobbins Groton; lbf 2:49 Eggebrecht Brk.