The Pierre Governors fashioned a three-peat at the 2017 South Dakota State Wrestling Championships in Sioux Falls capturing the team’s third consecutive Class A team title while for the second week in a row Beresford/Alcester-Hudson overcame a late deficit to capture the Class B title.
Pierre capitalized on a solid effort in the fourth round wrestlebacks to create a bit of separation from the field and then crowned four individual champions on the way to compiling 181.5 points to easily outdistance Aberdeen Central (144.5) and Sturgis Brown (144.0). Rapid City Central (123) and Rapid City Stevens (116.0) rounded out the top five.
Sturgis earned the top spot among the Black Hills contingents by virtue of crowning two individual champions. Jacob Wood (43-3) opened the Scoopers’ night with a 4-3 decision over top-ranked Jacob Moore of Aberdeen Central, an opponent who had bested him in their previous meeting this year.
“It makes me feel great. I worked so hard and I worked hard to earn this by putting in so many hours,” said Wood who jumped out to a 4-0 lead and then fought off late shots to seal the win. “I just tried to stick to my offense so I wouldn’t get a stall called. He’s an aggressive wrestler and that’s how he beat me early in the year and so to beat him know lets me know that I’ve gotten better as the year went along."
Bailey Brengle (40-8) earned the Scoopers second title, winning the 145- pound match with a 3-2 decision over Madison’s Noah Guse while Winston Brown (160) and Joel Carpenter (220) placed second in their weight classes.
“I hadn’t seen him during the year so I didn’t know much about him,” Brengle said. “Matches like this come down to one small mistake can cost you a win so I tried to look for a spot to capitalize. My brother got second his junior year here and so this feels good.”
Rapid City Central senior Timmy Paris (47-2) claimed the lone title for the Cobblers, winning the 220 pound match over No. 1 ranked Carpenter. The twosome have swapped wins throughout the season with Carpenter winning the region 4A title and Paris gaining sweet revenge to close out the season. Cobbler Kolby Kost fell to Aberdeen’s top-ranked Braiden Nelson (fall, 3:20) in the 182 pound finale.
Spencer Stockman (43-4) of Rapid City Stevens closed out a stellar junior season winning the 126 pound state title falling behind 2-0 and then taking control of the match thereafter in posting an 8-3 decision over Aberdeen’s Victor Padilla.
“Last year I lost in the quarterfinals and the year before I lost in the semis and this year I wasn’t going to let that happen,” Stockman said moments after stepping off the victory podium. “He got that early takedown and then I got an escape and was able to get a quick takedown and add a couple more in the third period. It’s an amazing feeling to finally be a state champion.”
Cody BeVier (120) and Dante Colicheski also advanced to the finals though both dropped their matches. BeVier (33-8) lost a tough 1-0 loss to Pierre’s William Turman while Colicheski fell 8-3 to Aberdeen’s Bradley Nelson.
Tyler Waterson of Spearfish added another Black Hills area title capping off an outstanding prep career by winning his third state title and his second consecutive by 8-3 decision over Trey Hage of Vermillion who came into the match sporting an undefeated record.
“The previous years I was a little stressed out before the state tournament, but this year I was totally relaxed and had fun and enjoyed all the great matches,” said Waterson who recently committed to join the prestigious Univ. of Minnesota wrestling program. “My seeding went well and so it’s just been a great time. I was confident in what I have been doing coming in and even though my opponent—Vermillion’s undefeated Trey Hage—was tough I knew in my head nobody could beat me.”
Waterson (43-0) went undefeated the last two years winning 94 consecutive matches.
Beresford (150.0) won four state individual titles to overtake defending champion Canton (134.0) late in the championship round to claim the Class B team title. Philip (98) finished third as all three championship match competitors--McCoy Peterson (106), Hunter Peterson (132) and Nick Donnelly (152)—dropped their matches. Winner (88) and Parkston (80.0) completed the top five.