The machine keeps rolling.
T.F. Riggs wrestling team moved to 9-0 in dual matches with Monday's 50-9 Eastern South Dakota conference victory at Brandon, bolstered by a pair of pins and two major decisions among the 11 victories.
Head coach Shawn Lewis joked the match was “uneventful,” but later praised the team for not taking the dual lightly.
Separation was there from the start for the Governors. Sophomores Lincoln (106 pounds) and William Turman (113) earned decisions of 6-0 and 7-0, respectively, to open the dual with a 6-0 team score. Lincoln scored on a takedown (first period) and escape (second), then added three on a near fall in the third. William attained a takedown and near fall (first), then garnered a third-period reversal.
Jack Van Camp filled in at 120 pounds for sophomore Michael Lusk (injury) two days after placing fifth at 113 in the Gettysburg Invitational. The eighth-grader trailed 4-2 in the third period before knotting the match with a reversal. The Lynx's Kyle Heidkamp earned a late escape for a 5-4 victory.
“We thought Van Camp could sneak in and possibly pick up a win,” head coach Shawn Lewis said. “He's wrestle well, and did well against a kid who outweighed him by a few pounds. It was good to see he made the most out of the opportunity.”
Pierre's other losses were at 145 (Maguire Raske fell, 8-5) and 220 (Quinn Reimers fell, 4-2). Raske, an eighth-grader, surged back from a six-point deficit to close within three. Reimers earned a third-period escape for a 4-2 deficit and missed an opportunity for a potential tying takedown.
“We were right in every single match we lost,” Lewis said. “There is something to be said for that, but obviously those guys would rather have gotten a win.”
Sophomore Austin Senger's 5-1 victory (126) and senior Jebben Keyes' 115th pin (in 1 minute, 33 seconds) for a 15-3 lead. Senger held a 3-1 lead after two and added a takedown in the third; Keyes took down Jorey Sorenson, then broke a 2-2 tie with a reversal that led to the fall.
Aric Williams (138) earned a forfeit at 138; two matches later Lucas Stoltenburg earned one at 152 for a 27-6 lead.
Nick Wiebe (160) spread out his 10-2 major decision: Two in the first, three in the second and five in the third. Skyler Leesman returned to the lineup and pinned Brandon Valley's Levi Sternberg in 55 seconds.
Spencer Sarringar (182) scored five of his eight points in the first to capture an 8-0 major decision and a 41-6 advantage.
Levi Stoltenburg (195) claimed a forfeit win, and Ty Paulsen closed the match with a 4-2 victory. He earned a third-period takedown to break a 2-2 tie.
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