Five Bulldog grapplers punched their ticket to the state Class A wrestling tournament slated for Friday and Saturday, February 23 and 24, at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls. Representing Milbank are Eli Fischer, Barrett Schneck, Kaden Krause, Alec Bien, and Tanner Kettwig. “I am happy and excited for the five guys that qualified,” Bulldog Head Coach Jeremy Tostenson. “They have earned it.” Fischer is a 106-pound sophomore and takes a 29-3 record into the tournament. He will face eighth-grader Oakley Blakeman (42-10) of Belle Fourche in the opening round.
Barrett Schneck is the first seventh-grader in MHS school history to qualify for the state tournament. He will wrestle at the 113-pound weight class with a 17-13 record. He battles junior Max Donovan (41-4) of Chamberlain in the first round.
Eighth-grader Kaden Krause competes at 120 pounds. He takes a 22-17 record into the state meet and faces junior Collin Powell (34-3) of Chamberlain to start the tournament. Junior Alec Bien represents the Dawgs at 160 pounds. He holds a 26-12 record and faces sophomore Wyatt Jungclaus (36-21) of Rapid City Central in the opening round.
Senior Tanner Kettwig competes at 220 pounds. He takes a 21-12 record into the tournament and matches up with senior Zach Siemonsma (15-5) of Huron.
The action begins both Friday and Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Watch The Valley Express Sports on Twitter for live action.
Results for Milbank from the Region 3A tournament in Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Saturday, February 17:
Team scores – Pierre, 203.5; Aberdeen Central, 169; Mitchell, 144; Huron, 137; Chamberlain, 113; Milbank 75; Todd County, 12; Cheyenne-Eagle Butte/Dupree, 7.
106 – Eli Fischer won by fall/ Zander Bowman, CEB; defeated Gabe Skustad 4-2, Chamberlain; lost by fall to Brenden Salfrank, Aberdeen Central, 4:19. Second place finish.
113 – Barrett Schneck won by fall/ Cole Ochsner, Huron, 2:48; lost by 15-0 technical fall to Jace Bench-Bresher, Pierre, 2:47; won by fall/ Blake Stange, Mitchell, 4:39; won by fall/ Ethan Allen, Aberdeen Central, 4:11. Third place finish.
120 – Kaden Krause won by 12-1 major decision/ Brock Martin, Aberdeen Central; lost by fall to Lincoln Turman, Pierre, :54; won by fall/ River Colombe, Todd County, 4:42; fell 7-0 to Kyler Bauder, Mitchell. Fourth place finish.
126 – Brady Femling lost by fall to Ryan McGinnis, Mitchell, :39; lost by fall to Cody Skustad, Chamberlain, 1:55.
132 – JD Lusk lost by fall to Dilen Anderson, Chamberlain, 5:09; lost by fall to Daynon Huber, Huron, 4:06.
138 – Breyden Miller lost by fall to Garrett Mitzel, Aberdeen Central, :38; won by fall/ Garrett Ristau, Chamberlain, 2:07; lost by fall to Cade Hinkle, Pierre, :26.
145 – Michael Karges lost by fall to Sutton Carpenter, Mitchell, 1:34; lost by fall to Dylan Riley, Todd County, :36.
152 – Toby Schneck fell 3-1 to Jett Evans, Chamberlain; lost by fall to Barry Browning, Pierre, :28.
160 – Alec Bien won by fall/ Remington Rossow, Chamberlain, 4:24; lost by fall to Briggs Havlik, Mitchell, :45; won by fall/ Stacey Red Horse, CEB, 1:38; fell by 12-2 major decision to Collin Haar, Aberdeen Central. Fourth place finish.
170 – Brodie Holtquist fell 6-2 to Max Schoenfelder, Mitchell; lost by 12-0 major decision to Maguire Raske, Pierre.
182- Isaac Fischer fell 3-1 in sudden victory to Carter Max, Mitchell; defeated William Marshall 7-2, Todd County; lost 6-0 to DJ Highbear, CEB.
220 – Tanner Kettwig defeated Ruger Forester 3-2, Chamberlain; fell by 17-1 technical fall to Zack Siemonsma, Huron, 2:51. Second place finish.
285 – Angel Chen won by fall /Mitch Schladweiler, Mitchell, :28; lost by fall to Nash Hutmacher, Chamberlain, :31; fell 4-1 to Sebastian Cardona, Huron.
Photo – seventh- grader Barrett Schneck
State qualifiers: (Back l. to r.) Alec Bien and Tanner Kettwig. (Front) Eli Fischer, Kaden Krause, and Barrett Schneck.