To say the Pierre T.F. Riggs Governors wrestling program dominated the previous decade would be an understatement. That is why they were named the Pierre Capital Journal Sports Program of the Decade on Thursday.
From 2010-2019, the Governors competed in ten State Wrestling Tournaments. They never finished lower than fifth place. The Governors won the State Championship six times, including a stretch of four straight from 2015-2018.
Individually, the Govs are unparalleled. They have won 17 individual State Championships. In the previous decade, 41 different Governors wrestlers placed in their weight classes a grand total of 95 times. The Govs won 48 placing matches in that time span.
The Governors wrestlers during this time period were a real Murderers’ Row. Leading the way was William Turman, who won four State Titles. Michael Lusk and Jebben Keyes each won three State Titles. Two-time winners include Tanner Monfore and Lincoln Turman. Rounding out the State Champions are Dusty Paulsen, Caleb Stoltenburg and Spencer Sarringar.
What contributed to the Governors’ run of dominance that is still going strong today? It starts in the youth wrestling program, where the wrestlers of tomorrow learn the skills they need to succeed once they get into the higher levels. The coaches do a fantastic job of teaching the Governors wrestlers how to wrestle well not just in practice but in competition. The kids keep each other accountable on the mat and in the classroom. It takes a real team effort from everyone involved in the Governors wrestling program to win as much as they do. The wrestlers can get knocked down, but they get back up every time. They keep improving. In the words of the Governors wrestling introduction song, that’s how winning is done. The Governors wrestling program does not look like they plan on stopping their winning ways anytime soon.