Prep wrestling: Worthington defends title; Pipestone Area, Sibley-Ocheyedan take fourth

HARTLEY, Iowa -- Worthington was dominant for the second straight year at the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Duals.The Trojans finished Saturday's tournament with a 4-0 record, out-scoring opponents by a combined score of 241-52 along the way. Worthingto...

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HARTLEY, Iowa - Worthington was dominant for the second straight year at the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Duals.
The Trojans finished Saturday’s tournament with a 4-0 record, out-scoring opponents by a combined score of 241-52 along the way. Worthington took down Alta-Aurelia 66-9, Sheldon/South O’Brien 60-12 and Westwood 58-15 in pool play. That put it in the tournament championship against Manson Northwest Webster. The Trojans had little trouble clinching its second straight title at the tournament with 57-16 victory.
“We had won this tournament last year so it was fun to go down and defend our title,” Worthington head coach Mark Prunty said. “It’s fun to see some different teams. At this tournament, there really weren’t a lot of close duals and I think that shows that the competition we face during the year really gives us an advantage over the competition. Our guys are battle-tested at this point in the year.”
Worthington’s most dominant performance came in its victory over Alta-Aurelia, when it tallied seven pins. Jacob Prunty (113 pounds), King Blanchette (145), Mason Byrne (152), Brandon Kempema (182), Torey Rogers (195), Nic Putnam (220) and Ty Veen (285) all took wins by fall for the Trojans.
Cody Michelson (160), Zach Bruns (170) and Putnam (285) all stuck their opponents in the victory.
They also got three pins in the victory over Westwood with Rogers (195), Putnam (220) and Jeffrey Camacho (138) doing those honors. The big win, however, was that of Hser Eh Pwae, who knocked off Iowa’s No. 5-ranked 120- pounder Kody Berg with a 4-1 score. Berg pinned the Trojan senior last year at the H-M-S Duals.
The Trojans racked up five wins by fall and actually only lost one bout against the Orabs - with SSO picking up six of its 12 points via forfeit. Hser Moo Pwae (120), Brayden Donkersloot (132), Camacho (138), Kempema (182) and Veen (285) all picked up pins for Worthington. The Orabs’ lone victory came at 152 pounds where Wyatt Meendering won by fall.
In the tournament championship against Manson Northwest Webster, Cody Michelson (160), Zach Bruns (170) and Putnam (285) all stuck their opponents in the victory. Michelson’s fall came against Skylar Michalski, who was 27-4 entering the tournament. Vince Riley also came up with a huge win at 182. He beat No. 10-ranked 182-pounder Nathan Krueger 6-2.
It was a banner day for almost all of the Trojans individually. Five Trojans ended the day with 4-0 records, highlighted by Putnam’s three-pin performance. Kempema tallied two wins by fall with Michelson and Blanchette notching one pin each. Moo also ended with a perfect 4-0 mark.
Eh and Riley both went 3-0 on the day with Kent Lais, Prunty and bruns going 2-0. Camacho and Ty Veen were both 3-1 with two falls.
Sheldon/South O’Brien finished the tournament with one win in four tries. It beat Coon Rapids-Bayard 55-24 and took a tough 39-36 loss to Alta-Aurelia while also dropping a 54-24 final score to Westwood.
In the win against CR-B, Dakota Peters worked a pin in 1:13 at 126 pounds. Luke Jenness (170) won an 11-3 major decision and Clayton Leng (145) earned an 8-6 victory.

Sanford Pentagon Tournament
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Pipestone Area came away with three champions as it took fourth place as a team at the 13-team Sanford Pentagon Tournament.
The Arrows racked up 172.5 points to take fourth. Right behind them was Luverne at 144, good for fifth place. Central Lyon/George-Little Rock tallied 47 points to finish in 13th.
Hunter Burnett was the first champion crowned from Pipestone Area. The 113-pounder went 4-0 on the day with three pins. He capped off his title with a 10-5 win over Chauncey Goethals of Aberdeen Central.
Michael Suda was his dominant self in going 3-0 for the 120-pound championship. Minnesota Class A’s top-ranked 120-pound grappler, Suda picked up a pair of pins and a technical fall on his way to the gold medal. In the championship bout, he pinned Harrisburg’s Jacob Hanssen in 3:35.
Blake Wolters won the final title of the afternoon by going 3-0 at 285 pounds. He beat Aberdeen Central’s Trajan LaRocque 9-4 in the title bout.
Garrett Ploeger added a third-place finish for the Arrows. He went 4-1 on the day with an impressive four pins on his way to bronze at 170 pounds. That included sticking Duncan’s Tyler Bennett in the third-place match.
Luverne nabbed a second-place finisher and put three of its wrestlers in third place on its way to the fifth-place team finish.
Solomon Nielsen went 3-1 to take second at 160 pounds. He worked two technical falls and a pin on his way to the championship, where he lost a tough 5-0 decision to Kyle Yagnar of Sioux Falls Roosevelt.
Adam Fodness (145) pinned two of his opponents in 36 and 33 seconds, respectively, en route to a 3-1 showing and a third-place finish. Jeremiah Dooyema (152) also notched three wins by fall in going 4-1 for third with Jakob Olson (195) pinning two of his opponents and taking the bronze after a 4-1 day.
It was a bit of a rough day for CL/G-LR. Its top finisher was Mitch Van Beek at 138 pounds. He went 2-2 to take fourth place, a run that was highlighted by a 46-second pin in the quarterfinals.

Herb Irgens Invite
IDA GROVE, Iowa - Sibley-Ocheyedan earned one title and put four wrestlers in second place on its way to fourth as a team at the loaded, 26-team Herb Irgens Invitational that wrapped up on Saturday.
The Generals earned a respectable 145 points, highlighted by Dylan Schuck’s championship at 145 pounds.
Schuck went 4-0 on the day and was convincing in doing so. He won all four of his matches by fall, including a pin in 4:19 of Solon’s Cole Fritz for the title.
Kyle Green (152) went 3-1 with a pair of pins on his way to the silver medal. Garrett Sayler (160) had the exact same showing with a 3-1, two-pin, second-place day. Trent Kruger (170) had a day highlighted by a 19-4 technical fall in the second round when he went 3-1 for second. Matt Naig (220) nearly nabbed another title for the Generals. He was 3-0 going into the title match, but settled for second with a tough, 3-1 sudden victory overtime loss to South Central Calhoun’s Rylan Richardson.

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