Top-ranked Sturgis dominated the predominantly East River field at the Floyd Farrand Wrestling Tournament in Sioux Falls on Tuesday. The Scoopers, the defending Class A state champions, took the top spot over Vermillion, 213.5-157.5.
The Scoopers crowned three champions on the final day of the two-day tournament.
No. 1 Morgan Engbrecht got the Scoopers off to a good start in the championship round, downing Brookings’ second-ranked Josh Puppe, 11-8, at 103 pounds.
In another matchup of No. 1 versus No. 2, Sturgis’ Josh Keszler showed his dominance over Sioux Falls Washington’s No. 2 Nate Larson by pinning him in
4 minutes, 46 seconds to claim the 125 title.
No. 1 Seth Lange continued Sturgis’ winning ways in the finals handling Wagner’s Alex
Kocer — the top ranked 130-pound wrestler in Class B — with an 8-4 win.
Defending state champion and second-ranked Tanner Bothwell fell to Vermillion’s T.J. North in the finals at 112 by major decision, 16-2. North is ranked first in South Dakota and 10th in the nation at 112.
Sturgis also lost a battle of the top two wrestlers at 189, where No. 1 Clint Wilson lost 3-2 to Vermillion’s Nick Mart.
The Scoopers’ top-ranked Nate Wilson suffered a pair of losses at 140 to finish fourth. Second-ranked Rex Lyon lost in the finals at 145 as Howard’s Dan Noonan — the second-ranked Class B 145-pounder — controlled the match to win 5-2.
Harrisburg’s 10th-ranked Thomas Hudson downed Sturgis’ fifth-ranked Kyle Kopplin, 9-6, at 152.
No. 11 Clay Kopplin finished fifth at 160 for the Scoopers.
At heavyweight, Harrisburg’s second-ranked Taylor Harris pinned Sturgis’ eighth-ranked Chris Vinson in 2:31.
The Scoopers are back in action Tuesday when they travel to Rapid City to face Central.