Hot Springs wrestlers saw a lot of action last week, wrestling first at the Hill City Quad, then both in Philip, and also in Bennett County.
Seventeen Bison wrestlers attended the Philip Invitational tournament Friday and Saturday, with 10 placing, including Garrett Heil who took the title at 182-pounds.
Heil, who is 19-4 for the season, defeated McCook Central-Montrose’s Tanner Peterson by pin to take first place. Kody Hagen at 145-pounds was the next best Bison to place, finishing third.
Despite placing 10, the team finished eighth in a field of twelve with 98 points. Canton took top honors scoring 272.5 points, nearly 100 points better than second place finisher McCook Central-Montrose which had 176.
Canton placed all 14 of its wrestlers including five in first place.
The Bison were also one of 14 schools to send wrestlers to Martin Saturday for the Bennett County Invitational, but the Bennett County Warriors would send them all packing, finishing the invite in first-place 33-points ahead of second place finisher Rapid City Stevens.
The Warriors placed 10 wrestlers total including first-place finishers Shawn Marrs at 138, Weston Ireland at 152, and Tee Allen at 182. Five second-place finishers joined those three as the foundation of Bennett’s impressive overall win.
The team had a total of 24 pins in 46:06.
Rapid City Stevens had winners at 113 (Dominik Colicheski), 120 (Logan Fisher), and 195 (Ryan Brink). The Raiders placed a total of 11 wrestlers.
The Crawford Rams sent a total of six wrestlers to the meet and four of them left with top honors in their class. They were Dennis Volg at 132, Spencer Jones at 160, Wyatt Mader at 170, and Trevor Nelson at 126. Nelson, who defeated Benett County’s Jared Harris to take first at 126, has yet to lose a match this season and is a perfect 21-0.
The Bison placed only one wrestler, Caden Kasper, who finished third at 100 in exhibition.
Earlier in the week on Thursday the Bison wrestlers competed in a quad at Hill City high school where they were defeated in a dual with Custer (54-30), but had wins against Hill City (54-24) and Red Cloud (77-0). The Bison were undefeated against the six Red Cloud wrestlers save an exhibition at 160 in which Red Cloud’s Kogen Yamamoto pinned Caleb Priem at 3:47.
The Hot Springs wrestlers will compete next at Lead-Deadwood High School.