STURGIS - Key wins in the lower weight classes propelled Sturgis to a 41-23 win over Rapid City Central in a wrestling dual Tuesday at Sturgis.
The Scoopers jumped out to a 32-0 lead winning every match up to the 145-pound weight class.
Enroute, the Scoopers got pins from Tristan Permann at 113, Chris Nash at 126 and Matt Willey at 132.
The Cobblers got on the board with an 8-1 decision by Bridger Kraye over the Scoopers Jaren Puhlman.
The Scoopers Winston Brown held on for a 9-5 win at 160.
Rapid City Central's Kolby Kost scored a major decision at 170 over the Scoopers Jack Sailer. Central's Zack Salano then pinned Kody Cox at 182. Timmy Paris of Rapid City Central defeated the Scoopers Joel Carpenter at 220. Donavan Spencer got a forfeit at heavyweight.
"We knew we would have some close battles where it could go either way," Sturgis Coach Mike Abell said.
Of the seven matches Abell categorized as "battles," the Scoopers came away victorious in five.
"We said before the match that if the cards fall where we want them to it is going to be a good night and they did," Abell said. "Our guys wrestled awesome. They were firing on all cylinders."
Abell said the Scoopers knew they had to score as many points as they could in the lower weights to come away with the dual win against Central.
"When we won all the way through to 145 we had a pretty good shot," he said. "The big win at 160 virtually sealed it."
Central coach Lance Pearson said the Scoopers just outwrestled the Cobblers Tuesday night.
"All their kids were ready. They did a great job," he said. "They won every close match and we only won one."
Pearson said there were at least four or five matches in which the Cobblers could have won if they had maintained and not given up bonus points.
"When you wrestle Sturgis, that's what it is going to be like," he said. "There are a lot of young kids in the bottom of our lineup, so when things start to go wrong those kids can sometimes panic and put extra pressure on themselves.
Pearson says the Cobblers need to use the Sturgis dual as a learning experience.
"You don't have a lot of time to feel sorry for yourself. We have to get back on the mat tomorrow and head to Bismarck on Thursday," he said.