Bandits, Crusaders open wrestling season at KWLPG tourney
The Miller-Highmore Bandits and the Sunshine Bible Academy Crusaders opened the wrestling season on Saturday, Dec. 1 in Kimball at the Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes tournament.
The Bandits varsity as a team scored 92.00 points, placing fifth. The Bandits junior varsity scored 10.00 points to tie for 15th place.
The Crusaders varsity scored 91.00, to place sixth as a team.
The Bandits had nine wrestlers including six varsity and three junior varsity wrestlers. Wrestling in the 106-pound weight class was J.C. Foreman, who ended the tournament as the division’s champion with three wins and no losses. Also competing in the 106-pound division was Connor Bertsch and Carter Canham. Bertsch finished with one win and two losses, while Canham finished with no wins and two losses. Michael Weidenbach was crowned the champion of the 120-pound weight class with a record of three wins and no losses. Glenn Aymar competed in the 126-pound class, finishing with no wins, two losses. Paul Waring placed second in the tournament with a record of two wins and one loss in the 145-pound class. Kholten Werdel finished with no wins and two losses in the 160-pound class. Tre Blasdell finished third with a record of four wins, one loss to round out the Bandits’ tournament.
Seven Crusader wrestlers competed in the tournament, all as varsity. Denver Paul placed third in the 113-pound class, with a record of one win and one loss. Israel Appel placed second in the 120-pound class with a record of two wins and one loss. Dalton Gerbracht placed third with a record of three wins and one loss. Tayte Clark placed fourth in the 132-pound class with a record of two wins and two losses. Trig Clark placed fourth in the 138-pound class, posting a record of three wins and two losses. David Paul competed in the 145-pound class, posting a record of no wins and two losses. DJ Beckwith finished in fourth place in the 170-pound class with a record of two wins and two losses to round out the tournament for the Crusaders.
The next action for the Bandits will be Thursday, Dec. 6 in Presho for a quad with Lyman County and Sully Buttes. The next action for the Crusaders will be a triangular with Wessington Springs-Woonsocket-Wolsey-Wessington and the Huron Junior Varsity in Wessington Springs.