It was tight at the top, but Spearfish edged out Lead-Deadwood for the team title at the Black Hills Conference wrestling tournament in Hot Springs over the weekend.

The Spartans finished with 169.5 points while the Golddiggers earned 160.5. Douglas finished third at 115.5, Hot Springs fourth at 114 and Belle Fourche rounded out the top five at 109.5.

St. Thomas More finished sixth with 64 points, Custer seventh at 46, Red Cloud eighth with 18 and Hill City ninth with 10.

Spearfish won the title with strong finishes across the board and wins in the heavier weights. Reese Hansen won the 182-pound title over Hot Springs' Garret Heil, Evan Hehr won at 195 over Chad Kelso of Hot Springs and Marc Williams won the 220 crown over Marcus Harkless of Hot Springs.

The Spartans also had four runner up spots with Tristen Fierbach at 113 who fell to William George of Douglas, Max Sailor at 126 who fell to Carson Pinske of Lead-Deadwood, Cael Citrowske fell at 138 to Dylin Johnson of Lead-Deadwood and Elijah Zuniga lost Corten Dobesh of STM at 170.

Other winners included: Oakley Blakeman of Belle Fourche over Payton DeWitt of Douglas at 106; Sherman Taber of Douglas over Max Johnson of Lead-Deadwood at 120; Trinity Brady of Lead-Deadwood over Devyn Swezey of Douglas at 132; Colton Jackson of Douglas over Kody Hagen of Hot Springs at 145; Jaredon Dosch of Belle Fourche over Jesse Jankord of St. Thomas More at 152; Stone Durham of St. Thomas More over Chase Bickerdyke of Belle Fourche at 160; Brigham Williams of Lead-Deadwood over Caleb Maciejewski of Hot Springs at 285.

David Kocher sets record in SDSU wrestling victory

In South Dakota State wrestling's 24-9 victory over West Virginia on the road, 174-pound wrestler David Kocher won his 100th match in a 10-2 decision over Parker VonEgidy.

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The victory was Kocher's 13th straight dual match win.

Rapid City Central alum Martin Mueller won his match at 184 over Brenden McRill 12-8 while No. 11 ranked Spearfish alum Nate Rotert took down Jake Smith at 197 by a score of 7-6.

The Jackrabbits won 7 of the 10 matches and improved to 13-2 and 7-0 in the Big 12. They take on North Dakota in Brookings in the final dual match of the season Friday.

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