Millard South 2nd 224.5
106 – Blake Jackson (45-2) placed 1st and scored 28.00 team points. (4-0)
113 – Alex Vacha (27-16) place is unknown and scored 4.00 team points. (1-2)
120 – Austin Coufal (40-8) placed 5th and scored 13.00 team points. (3-2)
126 – Creighton Baughman (43-1) placed 1st and scored 28.00 team points. (3-0)
132 – Nathan Rodriguez (46-3) placed 4th and scored 16.00 team points. (2-2)
138 – Zac Charity (46-2) placed 1st and scored 26.50 team points. (3-0)
145 – Austin McDonald (34-6) placed 3rd. (5-1) (Scored as an independent – 19 points)
145 – Ricky Hayden (11-5) place is unknown and scored 1.00 team points. (1-2)
152 – Connor Olin (43-3) placed 2nd and scored 22.00 team points. (3-1)
160 – Isaac Trumble (39-10) placed 4th and scored 18.00 team points. (3-2)
170 – Braden Trimble (46-4) placed 3rd and scored 22.00 team points. (4-1)
182 – Doug Weidner (25-3) placed 1st and scored 26.00 team points. (4-0)
195 – Rajan Ellebb (38-11) placed 4th and scored 16.00 team points. (3-2)
220 – Brooke Crinklaw (34-16) placed 8th and scored 4.00 team points. (2-3)
285 – Jake Mayville (18-18) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points. (0-2)
The Annual trek to Yankton always proves to be a measuring stick for Districts and State. This year would be no different for the Patriots. For three years in a row, the Patriots would battle the top team in South Dakota. Like Millard South, Pierre is the defending champs in South Dakota and ranked no. 1 again this year.
“Pierre has a loaded team, and this type of competition sharpens us for the next three weeks,” said head coach Doug Denson. “We really wrestled hard which is something you like to see from your team this time of year.”
The Yankton tournament would feature 19 teams from all over South Dakota. Many of the teams were ranked in the top 10 in South Dakota. The Patriots would battle til the very end, but would fall short by 7.5 points to Pierre.
“I think people might look at this and think we struggled,” said assistant coach Jay Meneely. “The reality is, we wrestled pretty well. We didn’t have Austin McDonald as our point person at 145, so we lost 19 points. If you do the math, we really won the tournament.”
In most cases, the Patriots would exceed their overall seeds in the tournament. Austin Coufal, Creighton Baughman, Austin McDonald, Isaac Trumble, and Rajan Ellebb all finished higher than their seeds. Austin McDonald would come from being not seeded to finishing 3rd overall in the tournament.
“To be honest, our stronger wrestlers competed really well,” said head coach Doug Denson. “Where we were a bit exposed would have to be with our marginal kids. Some of these weight classes had 12 winning records and our borderline kids struggled through the minefield.”
Overall, 12 Patriots finished in the top 12 which indicates the overall depth and balance in the team. Four Patriots finished as Champions. 7 team members won their medal round matches.