By Tim Huether
Bennett County qualified five wrestlers for the State B Wrestling Tournament last weekend and three came home with medals — Tee Allen, Jared Harris and Weston Ireland. The Warriors finished in 20th place as a team.
Harris and Allen won their first two matches, assuring them of at least a sixth place finish, then each went on to finish fourth.
Allen had little trouble Friday with a pair of convincing wins. After falling in the semi-finals, Tee wrestled well to earn fourth place. The senior wrapped up a fine career at Bennett County, picking up 38 wins on the season.
Harris took the tough route, winning a pair of overtime matches on the opening day. The junior lost in the semi-finals, then picked up a win, and fell in his third overtime match of the tournament on Saturday evening to earn fourth place.
Warrior junior Weston Ireland had a solid tournament, picking up sixth place at the 160-pound weight class. His losses came to the third, fourth and fifth place finishers at the tournament.
Kurtis Mooney lost his first match, then won a close 8-6 decision in match two, but fell out of medal contention after losing his third match of the day on Friday. Kurtis, a senior, finished the year with a 26-14 record.
Eighth grader Mason Heath had a pair of very tough matches, but look for big things out of Mason down the road. He picked up 32 wins this year.
“We had a good State Tournament this last weekend,” said head coach Jon Pierson. “Mason Heath and Kurtis Mooney went in as non-seeded wrestlers and both had really tough draws. It was Mason’s first trip to the state tournament and he wrestled hard, but was out-matched in what was one the toughest brackets in the entire tournament. Kurtis also had a tough draw, but still managed a win. His two losses came to the kids who got fourth and sixth place respectively. Kurtis ends his career with 115 wins and three state tournament appearances.”
“Weston Ireland entered the state tournament for the second time in his career after going two and out last year.” added Pierson. “Weston battled to earn 6th place ending a 41-win season with a bang. Jared Harris came into the tournament seeded sixth and wrestled tough to a fourth place finish. He beat the third, fifth and 11th rated kids this weekend. It was a good end to a 46 win season. Tee Allen bumped up from 195 pounds to wrestled at 220. He won his region and was seeded fifth in the state tournament. After pinning his first opponent, he handily beat the fourth ranked kid in the state. He lost in the semifinal match to the number one rated kid, but came back to beat the number six before narrowly falling to the third rated kid in the third and fourth place match. Tee ends his career with two state places and 144 wins.”
Top 20 Team scores:
1 Canton 200.
2 Winner Area 140.5
3 Redfield Area 104.0
4 Wagner 86.0
5 Custer/Edgemont 84.0
6 Howard 78.0
7 Burke/Gregory 76.0
8 Philip Area 72.5
9 Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes 72.0
10 Parkston 65.5
11 McCook Central/Montrose
12 Clark/Willow Lake 57.0
13 Sisseton 52.0
14 Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon 48.0
14 Faulkton Area 48.0
16 Mt. Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney 41.0
17 Groton Area 40.0
17 Webster Area 40.0
19 Wess. Springs/Woon./Wolsey-Wess. 39.5
20 Bennett County 39.0
126 - Jared Harris (46-7) placed 4th and scored 12.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Jared Harris (BC) won in sudden victory - 1 over Dylan Hagberg (Deuel) 18-14 (SV-1 2-1)
Quarterfinal - Jared Harris (BC) won in sudden victory - 1 over Dane Christopherson (Sisseton) 48-6 (SV-1 6-1)
Semifinal - Jadyn Coller (Philip Area) 35-2 won by major decision over Jared Harris (BC) (MD 15-2)
Cons. Semi - Jared Harris (BC) won by decision over Riley Genzlinger (Howard) 41-13 (Dec 5-2)
3rd Place Match - Bradyn Lhotak (Wagner) 34-16 won in tie breaker - 1 over Jared Harris (BC) (TB-1 5-1)
Kurtis Mooney (26-14) scored 1.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Mason Fey (Redfield Area) 38-6 won by fall over Kurtis Mooney (BC) (Fall 2:49)
Cons. Round 1 - Kurtis Mooney (BC) won by decision over Cordell Murtha (Parkston) 15-19 (Dec 8-6)
Cons. Round 2 - Kody Hagen (Hot Springs) 44-11 won by fall over Kurtis Mooney (BC) (Fall 2:08)
152 - Mason Heath (32-19)
Champ. Round 1 - Jacobi Krouse (McCook Central/Montrose) 40-16 won by fall over Mason Heath (BC) (Fall 3:28)
Cons. Round 1 - Monte Albrecht (Kingsbury County) 36-16 won by fall over Mason Heath (BC) (Fall 4:57)
160 - Weston Ireland (41-12) placed 6th and scored 11.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Weston Ireland (BC) won by fall over Mason Hendrickson (Tri-Valley) 10-18 (Fall 2:41)
Quarterfinal - Levi Mines (Custer/Edgemont) 38-4 won by fall over Weston Ireland (BC) (Fall 4:22)
Cons. Round 2 - Weston Ireland (BC) won by fall over Tyler Murray (Burke/Gregory) 25-19 (Fall 1:58)
Cons. Round 3 - Weston Ireland (BC) won by decision over Chayce Rausch (Potter County) 23-14 (Dec 2-0)
Cons. Semi - Blake Gessner (McCook Central/Montrose) 50-6 won by major decision over Weston Ireland (BC) (MD 10-1)
5th Place Match - Tucson Freeman (Mobridge-Pollock) 35-20 won by fall over Weston Ireland (BC) (Fall 4:41)
220 - Tee Allen (38-9) placed 4th and scored 15.0 team points.
Champ. Round 1 - Tee Allen (BC) won by fall over RJ Perry (Sioux Valley) 15-27 (Fall 0:40)
Quarterfinal - Tee Allen (BC) won by major decision over Tristen Bent (Webster Area) 27-15 (MD 16-2)
Semifinal - Jesse Hastings (Mt. Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney) 32-3 won by fall over Tee Allen (BC) 38-9 (Fall 3:20)
Cons. Semi - Tee Allen (BC) won by decision over Marshall Baldwin (Canton) 46-6 (Dec 1-0)
3rd Place Match - Tyler Resick (Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes) 39-6 won by decision over Tee Allen (BC) (Dec 8-3)