Titan wrestlers set records at Dakota XII Conference Meet



This past Saturday, Jan. 22 the Tea Area High School wrestling team competed in the Dakota XII Conference Meet in Canton.

The Titans saw numerous wrestlers find success on the mat.

Earning Conference Championship titles were Maddix Slykhuis at 120 pounds, Connor Eimers at 145 pounds and Brianna Johnson at 190 pounds, girls division.

En route to his Championship title, Slykhuis extended his win streak to 23, which marks the second-longest streak in school history. He also recorded his sixth win by technical fall on the year, which breaks the school record he previously shared with Connor Eimers (5). This puts him at 11 for his career, which surpasses the previous school record of 10.

Earning runner-up honors at the Conference Meet were Tyler Woodring at 106 pounds, Jackson Tschetter at 113 pounds, Wyatt Stuntebeck at 128 pounds, Sam Werdel at 152 pounds, Gavin Van Emmerik at 170 pounds and Griffen Schnider at 220 pounds.

Also reaching the podium at the Conference Meet were Hunter Wilson who took fourth at 126 pounds; Fyrst Henriksen who took third at 132 pounds; Isaac Johnson who took fourth at 182 pounds, and Nike Rosas who took third at 285 pounds.

The Titans had the lead as a team going into the finals, but Canton bested them in the end. Canton won the Tournament with 232 team points. Tea Area was a close second with 215.5 team points. This marks a school record for most team points in a single tournament.

Complete results from the tournament are as follows:

106—Tyler Woodring (24-11) placed 2nd: Champ. Round 1 - Tyler Woodring (Tea Area) 24-11 received a bye; Quarterfinal - Tyler Woodring (Tea Area) 24-11 won by fall over Carter Downs (Madison) 13-11 (Fall 1:43); Semifinal - Tyler Woodring (Tea Area) 24-11 won by fall over Zach Bartels (Canton) 20-6 (Fall 1:06); 1st Place Match - Karson Vessells (West Central) 25-7 won by fall over Tyler Woodring (Tea Area) 24-11 (Fall 4:38)

113—Jackson Tschetter (22-10) placed 2nd: Champ. Round 1 - Jackson Tschetter (Tea Area) 22-10 received a bye; Quarterfinal - Jackson Tschetter (Tea Area) 22-10 won by fall over Connor Glassford (Tri-Valley) 2-7 (Fall 2:38); Semifinal - Jackson Tschetter (Tea Area) 22-10 won by decision over Orlando Whiting (West Central) 17-5 (Dec 9-6); 1st Place Match - Hayden Schroeder (Vermillion) 22-2 won by fall over Jackson Tschetter (Tea Area) 22-10 (Fall 1:48)

120—Maddix Slykhuis (33-1) placed 1st; Champ. Round 1 - Maddix Slykhuis (Tea Area) 33-1 received a bye; Quarterfinal - Maddix Slykhuis (Tea Area) 33-1 won by fall over Kane Murphy (Dell Rapids) 3-14 (Fall 1:03); Semifinal - Maddix Slykhuis (Tea Area) 33-1 won by tech fall over Gunner Ewing (Elk Point-Jefferson) 12-14 (TF-1.5 4:16 (21-5)); 1st Place Match - Maddix Slykhuis (Tea Area) 33-1 won by decision over Caleb Hodges (Madison) 19-7 (Dec 8-4)

126—Hunter Wilson (16-11) placed 4th; Champ. Round 1 - Hunter Wilson (Tea Area) 16-11 received a bye; Quarterfinal - Hunter Wilson (Tea Area) 16-11 won by major decision over Carson Wolf (Madison) 13-13 (MD 17-3); Semifinal - Teague Granum (Canton) 17-6 won by major decision over Hunter Wilson (Tea Area) 16-11 (MD 11-0); Cons. Semi - Hunter Wilson (Tea Area) 16-11 won by fall over Cole Sehr (Canton) 1-2 (Fall 1:51); 3rd Place Match - Chandler Carda (West Central) 23-7 won by fall over Hunter Wilson (Tea Area) 16-11 (Fall 2:34)

132—Fyrst Henriksen (9-11) placed 3rd; Champ. Round 1 - Fyrst Henriksen (Tea Area) 9-11 received a bye; Quarterfinal - Fyrst Henriksen (Tea Area) 9-11 won by fall over Ashton Bach (Lennox) 8-16 (Fall 2:58); Semifinal - Kale Ask (Canton) 15-0 won by fall over Fyrst Henriksen (Tea Area) 9-11 (Fall 1:23); Cons. Semi - Fyrst Henriksen (Tea Area) 9-11 won by fall over Hunter Geary (Elk Point-Jefferson) 9-18 (Fall 2:22); 3rd Place Match - Fyrst Henriksen (Tea Area) 9-11 won by fall over Blake Johnson (Madison) 16-10 (Fall 4:25)

138—Wyatt Stuntebeck (35-4) placed 2nd; Champ. Round 1 - Wyatt Stuntebeck (Tea Area) 35-4 received a bye; Quarterfinal - Wyatt Stuntebeck (Tea Area) 35-4 won by fall over Kaiden Lowman (Dell Rapids) 7-9 (Fall 2:29); Semifinal - Wyatt Stuntebeck (Tea Area) 35-4 won by fall over Connor Peterson (Vermillion) 8-6 (Fall 1:11); 1st Place Match - Andy Meyer (Canton) 28-0 won by decision over Wyatt Stuntebeck (Tea Area) 35-4 (Dec 6-4)

145—Connor Eimers (25-3) placed 1st; Champ. Round 1 - Connor Eimers (Tea Area) 25-3 received a bye; Quarterfinal - Connor Eimers (Tea Area) 25-3 won by fall over Jude Jarding (West Central) 13-10 (Fall 0:56); Semifinal - Connor Eimers (Tea Area) 25-3 won by decision over Lucas Hueser (Elk Point-Jefferson) 31-4 (Dec 3-0); 1st Place Match - Connor Eimers (Tea Area) 25-3 won by decision over Jackson Boonstra (Dakota Valley) 19-4 (Dec 2-0)

152—Sam Werdel (28-9) placed 2nd; Champ. Round 1 - Sam Werdel (Tea Area) 28-9 received a bye; Quarterfinal - Sam Werdel (Tea Area) 28-9 won by major decision over Hunter Nelson (Dell Rapids) 12-11 (MD 11-2); Semifinal - Sam Werdel (Tea Area) 28-9 won by decision over Carter Rager (Canton) 19-9 (Dec 7-1); 1st Place Match - Justin Zirpel (West Central) 23-1 won by major decision over Sam Werdel (Tea Area) 28-9 (MD 16-5)

170—Gavin Van Emmerik (11-19) placed 2nd; Champ. Round 1 - Gavin Van Emmerik (Tea Area) 11-19 received a bye; Quarterfinal - Gavin Van Emmerik (Tea Area) 11-19 received a bye; Semifinal - Gavin Van Emmerik (Tea Area) 11-19 won by decision over Lucas Johnson (Madison) 16-11 (Dec 6-2); 1st Place Match - Mason Hendrickson (Tri-Valley) 25-6 won by decision over Gavin Van Emmerik (Tea Area) 11-19 (Dec 8-1)

170—T.J. Krietlow (9-9); Champ. Round 1 - T.J. Krietlow (Tea Area) 9-9 received a bye; Quarterfinal - Gavin Neu (Canton) 7-5 won by decision over T.J. Krietlow (Tea Area) 9-9 (Dec 6-5); Cons. Round 2 - T.J. Krietlow (Tea Area) 9-9 received a bye; Cons. Round 3 - T.J. Krietlow (Tea Area) 9-9 won by forfeit over Forfeit Forfeit (Tri-Valley) 1-11 (For.); Cons. Semi - Lucas Johnson (Madison) 16-11 won by fall over T.J. Krietlow (Tea Area) 9-9 (Fall 4:49)

182—Isaac Johnson (20-15) placed 4th; Champ. Round 1 - Isaac Johnson (Tea Area) 20-15 received a bye; Quarterfinal - Isaac Johnson (Tea Area) 20-15 won by decision over Riley Kearin (Madison) 9-14 (Dec 4-0); Semifinal - Gavin Jacobs (Elk Point-Jefferson) 25-6 won by tech fall over Isaac Johnson (Tea Area) 20-15 (TF-1.5 4:00 (16-0)); Cons. Semi - Isaac Johnson (Tea Area) 20-15 won by fall over Cody Opitz (West Central) 2-3 (Fall 2:34); 3rd Place Match - Quinn Carr (Dell Rapids) 22-7 won by decision over Isaac Johnson (Tea Area) 20-15 (Dec 8-1)

220—Griffen Schnider (28-8) placed 2nd; Champ. Round 1 - Griffen Schnider (Tea Area) 28-8 received a bye; Quarterfinal - Griffen Schnider (Tea Area) 28-8 won by forfeit over Forfeit Forfeit (Vermillion) 0-2 (For.); Semifinal - Griffen Schnider (Tea Area) 28-8 won by fall over Alex Swedlund (Madison) 12-9 (Fall 3:36); 1st Place Match - Marshall Baldwin (Canton) 27-2 won by fall over Griffen Schnider (Tea Area) 28-8 (Fall 0:46)

285—Nike Rosas (12-9) placed 3rd; Champ. Round 1 - Nike Rosas (Tea Area) 12-9 received a bye; Quarterfinal - Nike Rosas (Tea Area) 12-9 won by fall over Nate Haar (Lennox) 9-10 (Fall 1:14); Semifinal - Zach Brady (Vermillion) 23-3 won by fall over Nike Rosas (Tea Area) 12-9 (Fall 4:38); Cons. Semi - Nike Rosas (Tea Area) 12-9 won by fall over Gavin Pischke (West Central) 11-14 (Fall 1:56); 3rd Place Match - Nike Rosas (Tea Area) 12-9 won by fall over Elijah Isais (Canton) 2-2 (Fall 4:42)

G190—Brianna Johnson (11-10) placed 1st; Round 2 - Brianna Johnson (G-Tea Area) 11-10 won by fall over Izzy Baldwin (G-Canton) 0-2 (Fall 0:43); Round 3 - Brianna Johnson (G-Tea Area) 11-10 won by fall over Mallory Baldwin (G-Canton) 1-1 (Fall 1:02)

The Titan wrestling team will compete in Parker Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 29. Action is set to begin at 10 a.m.