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Nine out of 10 Bearcat grapplers

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by Emre K. Erku

Webster was one win away from sending all 10 grapplers who competed at Regions in Volga Feb. 18 to the 2017 state championship battle at the Denny Sanford Premier Center of Sioux Falls.

But nine out of 10 ain’t bad; neither is a third place team finish among a pool of 14 schools.

“Overall, we did a good job of advancing to the state tournament but in reality we could have improved our places at spots,” said Webster head coach Wade Rausch. “The fact is we are in the tournament and now anything can happen.”

There wasn’t much Redfield/Doland wrestlers Brandon Roe (16-7) and Barret Wren (29-9) could do to stop Webster seniors Logan Richie (14-1) and Kelby Hawkins (38-0) from continuing their season dominance. Although Richie was one shoulder away from pinning Roe, he still managed to major decision his opponent 10-0 for first place. Meanwhile Hawkins enforced nothing but pins to win his two matches. It only took until the 1:27 mark of the first period for Hawkins to pin Wren (29-9) and add another gold under his belt.

“Both Logan and Kelby have proven that they are good enough to win it,” said Rausch. “I’m just hoping that our health holds up all the way through.”

Taking a lone second place finish was Webster senior Colton Koslowski (32-8). Despite taking Redfield/Doland’s Cooper Baloun (23-0) down for two points earlier in the match, Koslowski would go on to lose on a 5-2 decision. Last year Koslowski did beat Baloun at the Howard Tourney.

Competing in two of the most crowded weight classes – 145 and 152 (10 opponents per) – Cade and Carter Shoemaker both regained their composure to claim third place finishes after close semifinal losses. Cade (37-17) sealed the deal after forcing an early second period pin against Potter County’s Chayce Rausch (22-16) while Carter (33-15) injured Faulkton’s Gage Carter (26-21) for bronze.

Fourth place finishers for the Bearcats included Andy Johnson (20-16), Hunter Rucktaeschel (21-20), Zach Rucktaeschel (30-23) and Tristen Bent (23-24).

Here are the full results:

106 – Johnson pinned Gage Martinmaas, FAAR, at 3:30; decisioned by Gage Burke, C/WL, 11-4; pinned Cody Larson, WANO, at 2:18; decisioned by Andrew Toelle, SISS, 9-2 for fourth.

113 – Hunter Rucktaeschel pinned Cullen McNeil, R/D, at 5:56; pinned by Carl Cronin, POCO, at 1:32; decisioned Lucas Kannegeiter, C/WL, 4-2; pinned by Braimen Steemn, SISS, at :54 for fourth.

145 – Cade Shoemaker received bye; pinned Nick Brandner, IPLE, at 3:34; decisioned by Gannon Martinmaas, 5-2; decisioned Carter Wegner, R/D, 5-1; pinned Chayce Rausch, POCO, at 2:12 for third.

152 – Carter Shoemaker received bye; pinned Trevor Frost, R/D, at 4:33; lost by injury to Wyatt Burke, C/WL, at 4:00; decisioned Jesse Wheeler, WEAR, 6-1; won by injury to Gage Carter, FAAR, at 1:33 for third.

160 – Hawkins received bye; pinned Branden Gehrke, C/WL, at 1:36; pinned Wren at 1:27 for first.

170 – Zach Rucktaeschel pinned Carter Heinze, IPLE, at 1:01; decisioned by Justin Brockel, SISS, 2-1; decisioned Barrett Nelson, R/D, 7-4; pinned by Alex Martinez, POCO, at 4:26 for fourth.

182 – Koslowski pinned Grady O’Neil, GRAR, at :53; decisioned Cody Peterson, IPLE, 5-1; decisioned by Baloun 5-2 for second.

195 – Richie pinned Duardo Salinas, IPLE, at :43; pinned Preston Worth, POCO, at :48; major decisioned Roe 10-0 for first.

220 – Bent pinned Jacob Rausch, POCO, at 2:44; pinned by Josh Currence, SISS, at 2:52; received bye, decisioned by Wyatt Locke, GRAR, 3-1 for fourth.

285 – Chase Sigdestad received bye; lost by 3-1 sudden victory to Silas Larsen, SIVA; decisioned by Kaeden Metz, SISS, 3-2.

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