The Milbank wrestling team split its quartet of dual contests on December 3 at the Marv Sherrill Dual Tournament at the Watertown Civic Arena.... Jesse Schneck Secures Four Pins at Watertown Tourney

The Milbank wrestling team split its quartet of dual contests on December 3 at the Marv Sherrill Dual Tournament at the Watertown Civic Arena.

The Bulldogs lost their opening dual against Aberdeen Central with a score of 21-55. MHS head coach Josh Schmeichel commented, “Aberdeen has been tough traditionally and we had four open weight classes, so we knew it was going to be a challenge.” 

Schmeichel said, “Owen Fischer started us off with a win at the 106-pound weight class.”  But then, Milbank put up a couple of losses and three forfeits.  “Brayden Christensen lost a very close match to the No. 2-ranked wrestler in the state.” Schmeichel noted. ” After the match, I found out Brayden wasn’t feeling the greatest, but he didn’t want that to be an excuse for not wrestling.” 

Schmeichel said he thinks if the two wrestlers meet again, there is a good chance that outcome will be very different.

In their second match, the Bulldogs secured their first dual win of the season with a score of 48-36 against Yankton. ” I knew going in we had a shot at winning this one,” Schmeichel said. 

“We started off at 113 and received a forfeit. From there, we lost or gave up forfeits until Jacob Johnson got a pin at 138. With Brayden sitting out, rookie Jesse Rutherford stepped up to get us a forfeit at 145. When we reached the 170-pound weight class, we were down 18-30.”

The Bulldogs had to forfeit at  220, and Schmeichel said, “We had a lot of work ahead of us.” Each Bulldog then got a pin at 170, 182, 195, 285, and back down to 106. Milbank took the win at  48-36.”

Their final match in pool play was against Tea. Tea had defeated Aberdeen in the previous round. “So we knew this one was going to be another tough one,” Schemichel said. “That didn’t stop us from going out there and competing. Even though we ended up losing 60-23, I think we went out there and competed harder than we had the rest of the day. Tea went on to win the tournament with a victory over Watertown at 41-31.”

Milbank’s final dual was in the placing round. The Bulldogs faced Canby from the other pool. Milbank hoped to squeeze out another win, but it didn’t happen. However, Schemichel said, “Owen, Nollen, Tate, Barrett, and Jesse all ended up with pins and the other boys went out and competed.”

Schmeichel said overall he is pleased with Milbank’s success at the tournament and so far this season.  He cited the challenges of having some open weight classes and how he determined after the tournament two other MHS wrestlers weren’t feeling 100 percent either, but wrestled the whole day. 

On the plus side, he mentioned Owen, Jesse Schneck, and Barrett Schneck all ended the day at 4-0, and Jesse racked up four pins. Jesse, a sophomore, now holds a 5-0 record — all pins. “One of those pins was against the currently fourth- ranked wrestler in the 220-pound weight class,” Schmeichel added.

 “Although we took some lumps at this tournament, I think we all ended the tournament with positive attitudes and are ready to do what it takes to improve,” Schmeichel concluded. “It was fun having Coach Winter by my side with all of his enthusiasm. He even made a big list of things for us to work on to get us ready for Rapid City on Friday.”

The Bulldogs are on the road to compete in the Rapid City Invitational at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center on Friday, December 9.

Individual Results include:

Milbank vs. Aberdeen Central

  106 Owen Fischer over Esten Foss (Decision 5-1)
113 Will Allen over Andrew Folk (Fall 1:16)
120 Riley Waldo (AC)  (by Forfeit)
126 Rayden Zens (AC)  (by Forfeit)
132 Tate Huff over Jayce Jonason (Fall 1:07)
138 Brody Aesoph over Jacob Johnson (Major Decision 15-7)
145 Mason Schrempp over Brayden Christensen (Decision 8-7)
152 Elias Biegler Biegler over Nollen Sheeley (Fall 1:07)
160 Cordell Rychlik (AC) (by Forfeit)
170 Tate Schlueter over Logan Opitz(Fall 2:35)
182 Barrett Schneck over Ayden Gisi (Fall 3:34)
195 Jesse Schneck over Samson Flakus) (Fall 1:01)
220 Bryce Beitelspacher (AC) (by Forfeit)
285 Jacob Krenz over Landon Novy (Fall 5:28)
Milbank vs. Canby

Milbank vs. Canby

106 Owen Fischer over Daven Engen (Fall :34)
120 Eli Greenman (Can) (by Forfeit)
126 Isaac Guxman (Can) (byForfeit)
132 Tallen Merritt over Jayce Jonason (Fall :50)
138 Blake Giese over Jacob Johnson (Fall 2:56)
145 Sam Drietz (Can) (by Forfeit)
152 Nolen Sheeley over Nathan Cole (Fall 2:510
160 Lane Fink (Can) (by Forfeit)
170 Tate Schlueter over Sawyer Drietz (Fall 3:26)
182 Barrett Schneck over Isaac Guza (Fall 1:11) 
195 Jesse Schneck over Sawyer Drietz (Fall 3:11)
220 Wesley Verhelst over Alex Baugh (Fall 0.33)

Millbank vs. Tea Area

106 Owen Fischer over Slater Wilson (Fall 0.52)
113 Tyler Woodring over Andrew Folk (Fall 1:34)
120 Hunter Wilson (Tea) (by Forfeit)
126 Jackson Tschetter (Tea) (by Forfeit)
132 Maddix Slykhuis over Jayce Jonason (Fall 1:29)
138 Parker Wilson over Jacob Johnson (Fall 5:42)
145 Wyatt Stuntebeck (Tea)  (by Forfeit)
152 Austin Eimers over Nollen Sheeley (Fall 3:16)
160 Carson Lohr (Tea) (by Forfeit)
170 Sam Werdel over Tate Schlueter (Fall 2:19)
182 Barrett Schneck over Chase DeBoer (Fall 1:36)
195 Jesse Schneck over Chase DeBoer (Fall 1:36)
220 Griffen Schnider (Tea) (by Forfeit)
285 Landon Novy (by Forfeit)

Milbank vs. Yankton

106 Owen Fischer over Damian Janish (Fall 3:11)

113 Andrew Folk  (by Forfeit)
120 Devin Coke over Jacob Giles (Fall 1:29)
126 Dominic Cadena (YKT) (by Forfeit)
132 Dylan Sloan over Jayce Jonason (Fall 2:59)
138 Jacob Johnson over Shayce Platt (Fall 1:55)
145 Jesse Rutherford (by Forfeit)
152 Chase Howe over Nollen Sheeley (Fall 3:18)
160 Jackson Slowey (YKT) (by Forfeit)
182 Barrett Schneck over Shaylor Platt (Fall 0.19)
195 Jesse Schneck over Josh Stapish (Fall 1:19)
220 Edly Amaro (YKT) (by Forfeit)

Photos: Top- Jesse Schneck, Second – Brayden Christensen, Third- Jacob Johnson with Coach Winter & Bottom-Coaches


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