Wrestlers fall just short of team title, claim three individual champs

Bennett County fell just short of winning the team title of the Bennett County Invitational Wrestling Tournament Saturday in Martin, racking up 159 points for second place, behind champion Belle Fourche with 177. 

The host Warriors placed five in the finals with three taking championships, Jared Harris, Weston Ireland and Tee Allen. Gabe Fanning and Mason Heath placed second.

All three Warrior champions dominated the competition on the day and Junior Weston Ireland was named one of the Outstanding Wrestlers on the tournament by the coaches.

Eighth grader Mason Heath lost in the finals, but wrestled well, putting up 21 team points on the day at 145. Gabe Fanning had similar results, falling in the finals but scoring 18 team points with big wins.

Bennett County scored points by nearly every wrestler with Damon DuBray at 113 wrestling well and earning fourth place, Isaiah Johnson taking fourth and Kurtis Mooney taking third after losing a close semi-finals match. 

Ridge Ward won three straight matches at 138 to earn a medal, taking fourth place for the Warriors. 

Jade Byrne wrestled well at 106 winning three straight matches by pin, but fell just short of placing in a weight class with 14 wrestlers. Ty Allen was one win from placing too, picking up two wins for the Warriors for a good day on the mat. 

Elijah Johnson was one win away from placing at 170, but picked up five team points by winning a pair of matches on the day.

Team scores:

1 Belle Fourche 177.0

2 Bennett County 159.0

3 Lyman 134.5

4 R.C. Stevens JV 116.5

5 Hill City 59.0

6 Crawford 58.0

7 Custer JV 47.0

8 Red Cloud 38.0

9 Little Wound 35.0

10 R.C. Central JV 34.0

11 Pine Ridge 28.0

Bennett County individual results: 

106 - Jade Byrne (10-13) scored 9.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Hunter Casey (RCS) 15-9 won by fall over Jade Byrne (BC) (Fall 5:03)

Cons. Round 1 - Jade Byrne (BC) won by fall over Karsen Fischer (RCS) 3-7 (Fall 4:37)

Cons. Round 2 - Jade Byrne (BC) won by fall over Jacob Pavlicek (RCC) 2-4 (Fall 0:58)

Cons. Round 3 - Jade Byrne (BC) won by fall over Wesley Jacobs (Pine Ridge) 5-8 (Fall 2:51)

Cons. Semi - Hunter Casey (RCS) 15-9 won by fall over Jade Byrne (BC)  (Fall 3:42)

113 - Damon DuBray (8-15) placed 4th and scored 11.0 team points.

Quarterfinal - Damon DuBray (BC) won by fall over Wyatt Fleming (HC) 6-9 (Fall 1:51)

Semifinal - Jeron Martz (RCS) 13-4 won by fall over Damon DuBray (BC) (Fall 1:01)

Cons. Semi - Damon DuBray (BC) won by fall over Cruz Busetti (HC) 3-14 (Fall 0:48)

3rd Place Match - Kellen Griffith (Lyman) 9-5 won by fall over Damon DuBray (BC) (Fall 4:22)

120 - Trey Tetrault Quarterfinal - Blake Heckert (RCC) 2-6 won by fall over Trey Tetrault (BC) (Fall 0:35)

Cons. Round 1 - D`Angelo Garduna (BF) 2-12 won by fall over Trey Tetrault (BC) (Fall 0:40)

126 - Jared Harris (25-2) placed 1st and scored 23.0 team points.

Quarterfinal - Jared Harris (BC) won by fall over Robert Hewitt (Custer) 6-11 (Fall 1:21)

Semifinal - Jared Harris (BC) won by fall over Hunter Quenzer (BF) 11-9 (Fall 1:50)

1st Place Match - Jared Harris (BC) won by major decision over Tance Wagner (Lyman) 8-9 (MD 13-1)

132 - Ty Allen 

Quarterfinal - Tyler Voorhees (RCS) 14-17 won by major decision over Ty Allen (BC) (MD 13-4)

Cons. Round 2 - Ty Allen (BC) won by fall over Sam Jackson (Custer) 7-17 (Fall 0:38)

Cons. Round 3 - Ty Allen (BC) won by fall over Ethan Nail (BF) 0-6 (Fall 1:22)

Cons. Semi - Tyrone Oldenkamp (Lyman) 12-10 won by fall over Ty Allen (BC) (Fall 2:04)

138 - Kurtis Mooney (13-4) placed 3rd and scored 20.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Kurtis Mooney (BC) won by fall over Jason Dillon (Pine Ridge) 3-7 (Fall 1:45)

Quarterfinal - Kurtis Mooney (BC) won by fall over Tristan Penny (Lyman) 8-11 (Fall 4:50)

Semifinal - Corter Doney (RCS) 7-7 won by decision over Kurtis Mooney (BC) (Dec 11-9)

Cons. Semi - Kurtis Mooney (BC) won by fall over Jason Dillon (Pine Ridge) 3-7 (Fall 1:38)

3rd Place Match - Kurtis Mooney (BC) won by fall over Ridge Ward (BC) (Fall 0:26)

138 - Ridge Ward (9-11) placed 4th.

Champ. Round 1 - Drew Kurtenbach (RCS) 12-16 won by decision over Ridge Ward (BC) (Dec 6-5)

Cons. Round 2 - Ridge Ward (BC) won by decision over Mitchell Amaechi (RCC) 5-10 (Dec 10-4)

Cons. Round 3 - Ridge Ward (BC) won by fall over Tristan Penny (Lyman) 8-11 (Fall 4:01)

Cons. Semi - Ridge Ward (BC) won by decision over Drew Kurtenbach (RCS) 12-16 (Dec 8-7)

3rd Place Match - Kurtis Mooney (BC) won by fall over Ridge Ward (BC) (Fall 0:26)

145 - Mason Heath (16-9) placed 2nd and scored 21.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Mason Heath (BC) won by major decision over Jacob Hoffer (Lyman) 10-12 (MD 10-0)

Quarterfinal - Mason Heath (BC) won by fall over Andy Tonsager (BF) 2-6 (Fall 0:59)

Semifinal - Mason Heath (BC) won by fall over Riley Waite (Custer) 8-7 (Fall 5:08)

1st Place Match - Cayden Wolfe (BF) won by fall over Mason Heath (BC) 16-9 (Fall 2:54)

152 - Isaiah Johnson (9-13) placed 4th and scored 14.0 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Zach Hale (RCS) 12-13 won by decision over Isaiah Johnson (BC) (Dec 5-1)

Cons. Round 1 - Isaiah Johnson (BC) won by fall over Levi Melanson (BF) 0-2 (Fall 2:59)

Cons. Round 2 - Isaiah Johnson (BC) won by fall over Tristan Janis (Little Wound) 1-2 (Fall 4:23)

Cons. Round 3 - Isaiah Johnson (BC) won by fall over Jayden Willis (HC) 1-14 (Fall 0:37)

Cons. Semi - Isaiah Johnson (BC) won by decision over Zayne Severyn (Custer) 5-3 (Dec 6-3)

3rd Place Match - Rope Anders (Crawford) 11-6 won by fall over Isaiah Johnson (BC) (Fall 1:38)

160 - Weston Ireland (19-5) placed 1st and scored 23.0 team points.

Quarterfinal - Weston Ireland (BC) won by fall over Weston Woodward (Custer) 1-2 (Fall 1:49)

Semifinal - Weston Ireland (BC) won by fall over Jeremiah Cottier (Pine Ridge) 3-12 (Fall 1:09)

1st Place Match - Weston Ireland (BC) won by major decision over Chase Bickerdyke (BF) 18-7 (MD 14-3)

170 - Elijah Johnson (9-11)scored 5.0 team points.

Round 1 - Elijah Johnson (BC) won by decision over Jaxon Morrison (RCC) 0-4 (Dec 11-9)

Round 2 - Kogen Yamamoto (RC) 16-6 won by fall over Elijah Johnson (BC) (Fall 1:30)

Round 3 - Elijah Johnson (BC) won by fall over Kollby Houdek (HC) 6-11 (Fall 4:49)

Round 4 - Cade Bickerdyke (BF) 13-10 won by fall over Elijah Johnson (BC) (Fall 1:55)

182 - Gabe Fanning (14-11) placed 2nd and scored 18.0 team points.

Quarterfinal - Gabe Fanning (BC) won by fall over Marcus Broken Nose (Pine Ridge) 0-2 (Fall 1:31)

Semifinal - Gabe Fanning (BC) won by fall over Sean Wahlfeldt (BF) 3-13 (Fall 1:31)

1st Place Match - Damon Aguilar (RCC) 12-7 won by fall over Gabe Fanning (BC) (Fall 3:10)

195 - Tee Allen (20-3) placed 1st and scored 9.0 team points.

Round 2 - Tee Allen (BC) won by forfeit over Braxton Big Crow (Little Wound) 6-11 (For.)

Round 3 - Tee Allen (BC) won by fall over Tye Davis (BF) 6-9 (Fall 1:13)

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