Webster Area wrestlers take first at Clark Invitational



With 12 wrestlers on the mat at the first invite of the season on Dec. 1, Webster Area takes first at the Clark Invitational.

The Bearcat wrestlers who walked away undefeated were Cael Larson, Joey Hubsch, and Chase Sigdestad.

Coach Wade Rausch said, “We had a solid effort all the way through the line-up. I was happy to see the guys compete. I thought we wrestled hard and in most cases wrestled to win.”

Rausch continued, “Of course we have lots to work on yet but overall I was happy with our efforts for the first tournament of the season.”

Respective team scores were Kingsbury County 130 for second place, Clark/Willow Lake 125, Faulkton Area 113.5, Groton Area 99, Warner/Northwestern 53, Britton/Hecla 44, Hamlin/Castlewood 26 and Tiospa Zina 24.

“Clark is always a good starter for us. It’s a tournament that allows some of our younger kids an opportunity to get the feel for what wrestling is all about at the ‘high school’ level. They can compete with the competition there and it allows them to grow as a wrestler. It’s also good for those who are more veteran wrestlers to knock some rust off before we start in on what is a very tough schedule for the rest of the season,” explained Rausch.

Individual results

90-98 – Ethan Opitz received bye; pinned eight grader Caden Wilson, FAU, at :33; was pinned by freshman Riley Jutting, HAM, at 1:45 for second.

106 – Larson pinned eight grader Ethan Johnson, KC, at :48; pinned freshman Luke Steffensen, KC, at 1:06; pinned Gunnar Kvistad, CWL, at 1:34 for first.

120 – Matt Mork was pinned by seventh grader Garrett Cramer, FAU, at 1:20; was pinned by freshman Lane Holland, KC, at 2:03; place unknown.

120 – Eathan Dolney was pinned by Lucas Kannegieter, CWL, at 1:11; was decisioned by eighth grader Clayton Dulany, WNW, 8-2; place unknown.

126 – Cade Roerig won by decision over freshman Caleb Clark, KC, 10-4; was major decisioned by sophomore Dragr Monson, GRO, 8-0; pinned Ethan McElhone, CWL, at 1:47; was decisioned by sophomore, Matthew Steffensen, KC, 9-0 to place fourth.

132 – Hunter Rucktaeschel pinned eighth grader Kaden St. Pierre, HAM, at :27; pinned Chase Chambers, CWL, at 1:26; was pinned by sophomore Alec Dobson, KC, at 4:22 for second.

138 – Hayden Niles received bye, was pinned by senior Nolan Coughlin, KC, at 1:35; pinned eighth grader Cael Schoenfelder, KC, at 1:57; decisioned Charlie Spieker, CWL, 12-6 to place third.

145 – Andy Johnson pinned sophomore Jasper Meier, KC, at 1:44; was decisioned by senior Trey Fortin, WNW, 4-2; pinned junior Levi Boyko, BH, at 2:36; pinned senior Tate Schulte, FAU, at 2:04 to place third.

182 – Alex Maunu was pinned by junior Gavin Holland, KC, at 1:44; was pinned by Caleb Orris, CWL, at :19; pinned freshman Sam Owen, HAM, at 2:26 to place third.

195 – Hubsch received a bye; pinned Avery Nichols, CWL, at :32; pinned junior Grady O’Neill, GRO, at :37 to place first.

220 – Tristen Bent received a bye; pinned junior Logan Sikkink, HAM, at 2:46; was decisioned by senior Wyatt Locke, GRO, 7-4 to place second.

285 – Sigdestad received a bye; pinned eighth grader James Mickey, HAM, at 1:28; pinned sophomore Adrian Knutson, GRO, at :59 to place first.

Webster would go on to compete at the Howard Invite Dec. 8.

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