The Milbank Area Bulldog wrestlers will hit the mats in the Watertown Dual Tournment this Saturday to start their 2015-16 season. Other teams competing will be Aberdeen Central, Harrisburg, Huron, Mitchell, Pierre, Watertown, and Yankton.
Head coach Jeremy Tostenson has a 128-110 career dual record and looks to extend that win column this season.
The biggest change the bulldogs will face is the move to Region 3-A. They remain in the Northeast Conference but will face a new list of teams to battle for state qualifiers at the regional tournament. Teams in Region 3 are Aberdeen Central, Chamberlain, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte-Dupree, Huron, Mitchell, Pierre, and Todd County.
The team will also travel greater distances for several tournaments and duals because of the change, including the Rapid City Invitational and Chamberlain tournament. Milbank Area will battle Todd County and Chamberlain in a dual triangular the night before the Chamberlain tournament and face Pierre and Huron later in the season in another dual triangular. “This gives us more of an opportunity to see these teams again before the regional tournament,” said coach Tostenson.
The Dawgs were undefeated in the Northeast Conference last year with a 7-0 record, Dylan Pauli is the lone grappler returning as a state qualifier. Jordan Pollock pinned his way to an individual conference title and is also back on the team this year.
Pauli, Pollock, and Chris Loutsch will use their senior status to lead the Bulldogs. Other returning letter winners are Jake Anderson, Jose Chen, Riley Folk, Taran Mogard, Ben Nelson, Cole Dockter, Tanner Kettwig, Alec Bien, and Jake Karges.
Tostenson starts his tenth season as head coach for the Bulldogs as does assistant coach Jesse Krause. Ryan Conrad and Josh Schmeichel will serve as assistants.
Bulldog Wrestling Schedule
12/05/15 10 a.m. Watertown Invitational Watertown
12/11/15 TBD Rapid City Invitational Rapid City
12/19/15 11 a.m. Northeast Conference Tournament Milbank
12/28/15 11 a.m. Floyd Farrand Invitational Sioux Falls Lincoln
12/29/15 11 a.m. Floyd Farrand Invitational Sioux Falls Lincoln
01/07/16 6 p.m. Groton Area/Sioux Valley duals Groton
01/09/16 10 a.m. Big Stone Therapies Border Battle Milbank
01/12/16 5 p.m. Clark-WL/Redfield-Doland/Ortonville Milbank
01/16/16 10 a.m. Harrisburg Invitational Harrisburg
01/21/16 6 p.m. Deuel/Sisseton duals Clear Lake
01/22/16 5:30 p.m. Todd County/Chamberlain duals Chamberlain
01/23/16 10 a.m. Chamberlain Invitational Chamberlain
01/28/16 6 p.m. Britton-Hecla/Webster Area duals Milbank
01/30/16 10 a.m. Groton JV Invitational Groton
01/30/16 10 a.m. Lee Wolf Invitational Aberdeen
02/04/16 5 p.m. Pierre/Huron duals Huron
02/13/16 10 a.m. Huron Invitational Huron
02/13/16 10 a.m. Brandon Valley JV Invitational Brandon Valley
02/20/16 10 a.m. Region 3A Tournament Pierre
02/26/16 11 a.m. State Class A Tournament Rapid City
02/27/16 11 a.m. State Class A Tournament Rapid City