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Hulverson claims 2021 State Wrestling Title

With a record number of wrestlers qualifying for the State A Tournament, the Tea Area High School wrestling team had high expectations heading into the State Tournament held this past weekend in Rapid City.

Those expectations were met with Tea Area’s Quincy Hulverson claiming his second straight A Championship title and three other Titan wrestlers — Maddix Slykhuis, Wyatt Stuntebeck, and Connor Eimers — all reaching the podium at the State Meet.

“It was a fantastic endcap on a great season altogether,” said Titan head coach John Niesen. “I’m so proud of the way our kids came to battle at state. They prepared hard and performed well on the big stage. Our four medalists have been the core leaders of our team, and set the tone at practices and tournaments. They have remarkable work ethic and laser focus in their preparation, which is why they perform among the best in the state”

Hulverson began his State title run with a win by decision, 3-0, over Logan Brown of Rapid City, advancing him to the quarterfinals where Hulverson won by decision, 6-4, over Aberdeen Central’s Mason Schrempp. The win placed him in the semifinals where he once again won by decision, 5-3, this time over Harrisburg’s Carter Ractliffe giving Hulverson his second straight appearance into the State Championship match. Last year, Hulverson claimed the 106 pound title; this year, Hulverson had his eyes set at the 113 pound title. Standing in his way was Rapid City Stevens’ Jack Schoenhard, who had only lost two matches all season, brining a 36-2 record onto the mat.

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