Carson Inske/Ethan Thibeault

Carson Pinske of Lead Deadwood, and Ethan Thibeault, of Rapid City Central, grapple during the finals of the Custer invitational wrestling match on Saturday in Custer.

Hannah Hunsinger, Rapid City Journal Staff

CUSTER - The Hot Springs wrestling team kicked off its season this past weekend, finishing the Custer Invitational fourth overall in team scoring.

The Bison’s 141 points total was bolstered by two first-place finishes and two runner-up finishes, as well as six other top-eight results.

In the 182 weight class freshman Marcus Harkless defeated three opponents on his way to his final match with Custer senior Blake Kainz. Harkless secured the victory 13-9.

Also winning his class was junior Kody Hagen competing in the 145-pound class with a second period pin of Custer senior Eli Mines.

Junior Garrett Heil finished runner-up in the 195-pound class after being defeated by Sam Adams of Harding County Ranchers. Adams won the class title after pinning Heil at the 2:39 mark.

Likewise, Bison sophomore Teejay Atwood, who competes at 170, also made it to his class’ final match, but was defeated by St. Thomas More juinior Corten Dobesh, 7-1.

Joining Harkless at the top of the 182-pound class was junior Chad Kelso who defeated Sturgis’ Johnny Griffee 6-2 during the third-place match. Sophomore Tyler Morrow placed eight in the class when he was defeated by Belle-Fourche wrestler Walker Horn with a fall at the 0:10 mark of the 7th place match.

In the 220-pound class sophomore Caleb Maciejewski finished third, defeating Rapid City Stevens’ Eli Hout 10-3 in the third place match.

Rounding up the Bison’s top-eight finishes were 8th grader Keaton Bissonnette in the 126-pound class, and junior Donnie Abbott in the 120-pound class.

Custer came away from its own tournament as winners with 190 points. Douglas and Lead-Deadwood also topped fourth place Hot Springs with 182 and 155.5 points respectively.

Hagen led the Bison in pins with four (tied for most of the invite with 7 other wrestlers,) while Maciejewski, Kelso, Atwood, and Harkless each had three.

The group will travel to Alliance, Nebraska, today. The duel with the Bulldogs is set to begin at 6pm.

Team Scores

Custer 190.0, Douglas 182.0, Lead Deadwood 155.5, Hot Springs 141.0, Belle Fourche 114.0, Rapid City Stevens 107.0, Hill City 96.0, Crawford 87.0, Sturgis 84.0, Hemingford 79.0, St. Thomas More 79.0, Rapid City Central 75.0, Harding County Ranchers 46.5, Pine Ridge 36.0, Douglas JV 21.0, Red Cloud Indian School 21.0, Hay Springs 11.0, McLaughlin 9.0, Little Wound 0.0

Individual Results

106 - Eldon Abbott (0-2) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points; Champ. Round 1 - Eldon Abbott (Hot Springs) 0-2 received a bye () (Bye); Quarterfinal - Oakley Blakeman (Belle Fourche) 4-0 won by fall over Eldon Abbott (Hot Springs) 0-2 (Fall 0:31); Cons. Round 2 - Tammera Keller (Douglas JV) 1-3 won by injury default over Eldon Abbott (Hot Springs) 0-2 (Inj. 0:00)

120 - Donnie Abbott (0-3) placed 8th and scored 1.00 team points; Champ. Round 1 - Donnie Abbott (Hot Springs) 0-3 received a bye () (Bye); Quarterfinal - Max Johnson (Lead Deadwood) 3-1 won by fall over Donnie Abbott (Hot Springs) 0-3 (Fall 3:10); Cons. Round 2 - Donnie Abbott (Hot Springs) 0-3 received a bye () (Bye); Cons. Round 3 - Jett Blakeman (Belle Fourche) 2-2 won by fall over Donnie Abbott (Hot Springs) 0-3 (Fall 3:35); 7th Place Match - Jacob harris (Lead Deadwood) 3-2 won by fall over Donnie Abbott (Hot Springs) 0-3 (Fall 2:24)

126 - Keaton Bissonnette (2-3) placed 8th and scored 4.00 team points.; Champ. Round 1 - Keaton Bissonnette (Hot Springs) 2-3 won by decision over Sal Centore (Douglas JV) 1-2 (Dec 10-7); Quarterfinal - Ethan Thibeault (Rapid City Central) 3-1 won by fall over Keaton Bissonnette (Hot Springs) 2-3 (Fall 3:12); Cons. Round 2 - Keaton Bissonnette (Hot Springs) 2-3 won by decision over Logan Lemmel (Sturgis) 1-2 (Dec 8-4); Cons. Round 3 - Jackson Wilson (Douglas) 5-1 won in sudden victory - 1 over Keaton Bissonnette (Hot Springs) 2-3 (SV-1 6-4); 7th Place Match - Drew Hanson (Hill City) 3-2 won by decision over Keaton Bissonnette (Hot Springs) 2-3 (Dec 7-5);

132 - Clay Giesler (0-2) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.; Champ. Round 1 - Clay Giesler (Hot Springs) 0-2 received a bye () (Bye); Quarterfinal - Trevor Nelson (Crawford) 3-0 won by fall over Clay Giesler (Hot Springs) 0-2 (Fall 2:00); Cons. Round 2 - Cody Homan (Hill City) 2-2 won by fall over Clay Giesler (Hot Springs) 0-2 (Fall 2:08)

145 - Kody Hagen (4-0) placed 1st and scored 30.00 team points.; Champ. Round 1 - Kody Hagen (Hot Springs) 4-0 won by fall over Isiah DuBray (Douglas) 4-2 (Fall 3:46); Quarterfinal - Kody Hagen (Hot Springs) 4-0 won by fall over Domenic Lucero (Lead Deadwood) 3-6 (Fall 3:51)

Semifinal - Kody Hagen (Hot Springs) 4-0 won by fall over Kalel Worischek (Hill City) 3-2 (Fall 5:41); 1st Place Match - Kody Hagen (Hot Springs) 4-0 won by fall over Eli Mines (Custer) 3-1 (Fall 5:00)

145 - Cody Osborne (1-2) place is unknown.; Champ. Round 1 - Chase McMath (Rapid City Stevens) 1-2 won by fall over Cody Osborne (Hot Springs) 1-2 (Fall 1:23); Cons. Round 1 - Cody Osborne (Hot Springs) 1-2 won by fall over Ryan Eaton (Belle Fourche) 0-2 (Fall 2:59); Cons. Round 2 - Cade Bickerdyke (Belle Fourche) 2-3 won by fall over Cody Osborne (Hot Springs) 1-2 (Fall 2:49)

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145 - John Lane (1-2) place is unknown.; Champ. Round 1 - John Lane (Hot Springs) 1-2 won by fall over Logan Sauder (St. Thomas More) 0-2 (Fall 1:28); Quarterfinal - Jesse McCann (Harding County Ranchers) 6-2 won by fall over John Lane (Hot Springs) 1-2 (Fall 0:48); Cons. Round 2 - Isiah DuBray (Douglas) 4-2 won by fall over John Lane (Hot Springs) 1-2 (Fall 0:57)

152 - Alex Phelps (1-3) placed 6th and scored 9.00 team points.; Champ. Round 1 - Alex Phelps (Hot Springs) 1-3 received a bye () (Bye); Quarterfinal - Alex Phelps (Hot Springs) 1-3 won by fall over Jayden Alexander (Rapid City Stevens) 4-2 (Fall 4:38); Semifinal - Colton Jackson (Douglas) 4-0 won by fall over Alex Phelps (Hot Springs) 1-3 (Fall 2:48); Cons. Semi - Elijah Steele (Custer) 3-2 won by fall over Alex Phelps (Hot Springs) 1-3 (Fall 1:47); 5th Place Match - Jayden Alexander (Rapid City Stevens) 4-2 won by injury default over Alex Phelps (Hot Springs) 1-3 (Inj. 2:37)

160 - Caleb Priem (1-2) place is unknown and scored 3.00 team points.; Champ. Round 1 - Jaredon Dosch (Belle Fourche) 4-1 won by fall over Caleb Priem (Hot Springs) 1-2 (Fall 1:48); Cons. Round 1 - Caleb Priem (Hot Springs) 1-2 won by fall over Josh Winkler (Rapid City Central) 0-2 (Fall 0:34)

Cons. Round 2 - Chase Bickerdyke (Belle Fourche) 3-3 won by fall over Caleb Priem (Hot Springs) 1-2 (Fall 2:08)

170 - TeeJay Atwood (3-1) placed 2nd and scored 24.00 team points.; Champ. Round 1 - TeeJay Atwood (Hot Springs) 3-1 won by fall over Jarret Spratte (Rapid City Central) 1-3 (Fall 0:39); Quarterfinal - TeeJay Atwood (Hot Springs) 3-1 won by fall over Jordan Graper (St. Thomas More) 0-2 (Fall 1:55); Semifinal - TeeJay Atwood (Hot Springs) 3-1 won by fall over Wyatt Mader (Crawford) 4-1 (Fall 5:25); 1st Place Match - Corten Dobesh (St. Thomas More) 4-0 won by decision over TeeJay Atwood (Hot Springs) 3-1 (Dec 7-1)

170 - Levi Cunningham (0-2) place is unknown.; Champ. Round 1 - Treyvor Schwalk (McLaughlin) 1-2 won by fall over Levi Cunningham (Hot Springs) 0-2 (Fall 1:32); Cons. Round 1 - Taylor Coffield (Sturgis) 4-2 won by fall over Levi Cunningham (Hot Springs) 0-2 (Fall 0:53)

182 - Marcus Harkless (4-0) placed 1st and scored 28.00 team points.; Champ. Round 1 - Marcus Harkless (Hot Springs) 4-0 won by fall over Couper Kulm (Rapid City Central) 0-2 (Fall 1:14); Quarterfinal - Marcus Harkless (Hot Springs) 4-0 won by fall over JD Marshall (Belle Fourche) 0-2 (Fall 0:49); Semifinal - Marcus Harkless (Hot Springs) 4-0 won by fall over Wyatt Hess (Lead Deadwood) 4-2 (Fall 6:00); 1st Place Match - Marcus Harkless (Hot Springs) 4-0 won by decision over Blake Kainz (Custer) 2-1 (Dec 13-9)

182 - Chad Kelso (4-1) placed 3rd.; Champ. Round 1 - Chad Kelso (Hot Springs) 4-1 won by fall over Shilo Yellow Boy (Red Cloud Indian School) 0-2 (Fall 0:37); Quarterfinal - Chad Kelso (Hot Springs) 4-1 won by fall over Walker Horn (Belle Fourche) 1-2 (Fall 3:19); Semifinal - Blake Kainz (Custer) 2-1 won by fall over Chad Kelso (Hot Springs) 4-1 (Fall 5:02); Cons. Semi - Chad Kelso (Hot Springs) 4-1 won by fall over Alex Neefe (Hemingford) 2-4 (Fall 3:43); 3rd Place Match - Chad Kelso (Hot Springs) 4-1 won by decision over Johnny Griffee (Sturgis) 4-2 (Dec 6-2)

182 - Tyler Morrow (1-3) placed 8th.; Champ. Round 1 - Johnny Griffee (Sturgis) 4-2 won by fall over Tyler Morrow (Hot Springs) 1-3 (Fall 1:17); Cons. Round 1 - Tyler Morrow (Hot Springs) 1-3 received a bye () (Bye); Cons. Round 2 - Tyler Morrow (Hot Springs) 1-3 won by fall over JD Marshall (Belle Fourche) 0-2 (Fall 4:25); Cons. Round 3 - Alex Neefe (Hemingford) 2-4 won by fall over Tyler Morrow (Hot Springs) 1-3 (Fall 1:32); 7th Place Match - Walker Horn (Belle Fourche) 1-2 won by fall over Tyler Morrow (Hot Springs) 1-3 (Fall 0:10)

195 - Garrett Heil (2-1) placed 2nd and scored 22.00 team points.; Champ. Round 1 - Garrett Heil (Hot Springs) 2-1 received a bye () (Bye); Quarterfinal - Garrett Heil (Hot Springs) 2-1 won by fall over Joshua Florence (Hill City) 1-3 (Fall 0:56); Semifinal - Garrett Heil (Hot Springs) 2-1 won by fall over Ryan Brink (Rapid City Stevens) 3-1 (Fall 2:38); 1st Place Match - Sam Adams (Harding County Ranchers) 5-0 won by fall over Garrett Heil (Hot Springs) 2-1 (Fall 2:39);

220 - Caleb Maciejewski (4-1) placed 3rd and scored 20.00 team points. Champ. Round 1 - Caleb Maciejewski (Hot Springs) 4-1 won by fall over kenneth Good Crow (Pine Ridge) 0-2 (Fall 0:15); Quarterfinal - Caleb Maciejewski (Hot Springs) 4-1 won by fall over Riley Perusich (Hill City) 2-3 (Fall 0:39); Semifinal - Tyrese Morris (Rapid City Stevens) 2-1 won by fall over Caleb Maciejewski (Hot Springs) 4-1 (Fall 3:14); Cons. Semi - Caleb Maciejewski (Hot Springs) 4-1 won by fall over Mason Finsterwalder (Douglas) 4-2 (Fall 1:36); 3rd Place Match - Caleb Maciejewski (Hot Springs) 4-1 won by decision over Eli Huot (Rapid City Stevens) 3-2 (Dec 10-3)

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