The Kingsbury County Knights went 6-1 in seven duals last week, winning the Clear Lake quad last Tuesday 3-0, and placing second to Parker in Tri-Valley Friday, going 3-1.
That ended the regular season for the Knights, who finished with a 14-3 record in duals this season. Despite that success, Kingsbury didn’t quite make it to the eight-team State duals tourney this year, finishing 10th in the state.
The Kingsbury Knights beat Clark/Willow Lake 54-22, beat Webster Area 60-18 and beat Deuel 66-3 to win the Clear Lake quad last Tuesday.
Clark/Willow Lake, 22
The Knights’ closest match of the night came against the Clark/Willow Lake Cyclones, but Kingsbury’s superior depth allowed the Knights to win easily, 54-22.
De Smet eighth-grader Gannon Gilligan, ranked eighth in the state, turned in a solid 7-0 minor decision at 106 over ninth-ranked C/WL eighth-grader Joshua Kannegieter to get the dual started at 3-0.
Gilligan’s classmate, Kaleb Johnson, made it 9-0 with a 19-second pin of freshman Matthew Batchelor at 113, but the Cyclones narrowed the lead to 9-6 after second-ranked C/WL junior Gunnar Kvistad pinned seventh-grader Blake Jennings in 32 seconds at 120.
The Cyclones were open at 126, giving De Smet sophomore Ethan Johnson a win, and at 132, Arlington junior Caleb Clark took a 7-0 minor over eighth-grader Elliot Bratland to put Kingsbury up 18-6.
Eighth-ranked De Smet senior Alec Dobson pinned junior Ethan Mcelhone in 1:41 at 138 to make it 24-6, and Arlington junior Luke Steffensen pinned senior Kyren Castle in 2:29 at 145 for 30-6.
12th-ranked Arlington senior Matthew Steffensen followed up by pinning sophomore Braeden Johnson in 1:16 at 152 for 36-6, then De Smet freshman Connor Johnson won by forfeit at 160.
Down 42-6, the Cyclones got back on the board at 170, as eighth-ranked C/WL junior Lucas Kannegieter won a 12-0 major over De Smet sophomore Griffin Clubb, then closed to 42-16 with a forfeit at 182 to third-ranked C/WL junior Gage Burke.
Arlington senior Nate Kersting, 12th-ranked at 182, went up to 195 and pinned seventh-grader Jerome Enboden in 59 seconds; then 11th-ranked De Smet senior Kain Gilligan won by forfeit at 220.
Kingsbury was open at 285, making the final score 54-22.
Kingsbury County, 60
Webster Area, 18
There were only six contested weight classes in the Webster dual with each team taking three, but again the Knights’ depth prevailed, 60-18.
Gannon Gilligan opened with a forfeit at 106 and Kaleb Johnson did the same at 113 for a quick 12-0 lead. Webster eighth-grader Trace Shoemaker pinned Blake Jennings in 44 seconds at 120, but Kingsbury’s Ethan Johnson answered by pinning senior Aaron Neugebauer in 2:22 at 126 to make it 18-6.
The Bearcats again closed the gap as fifth-ranked junior Cael Larson pinned Caleb Clark in 2:39 at 132, but Kingsbury’s Dobson matched that six by pinning sophomore Matt Mork in 57 seconds at 138, making it 24-12.
Again, Webster responded, with fifth-ranked senior Andrew Johnson pinning Matthew Steffensen in 3:52 to close the gap to 24-18. But the Bearcats were almost out of wrestlers.
Luke Steffensen at 152, Connor Johnson at 160, Clubb at 170, Kersting at 182 and De Smet sophomore Cael Schoenfelder at 195 each won by forfeit, pushing Kingsbury’s lead to 54-18.
Both teams were open at 220, with Kain Gilligan going up to 285 and pinning senior Lane Stern in 1:58 to make the final score 60-18.
Kingsbury County, 66,
There were also six contested classes in the Deuel dual, but Kingsbury won five to win the match 66-3.
The dual opened at 152, with Luke Steffensen pinning freshman Brian Blachford in 2:33 to get the Knights started. Connor Johnson won by forfeit at 160, and Clubb pinned sophomore Dominic Constant in 4:19 at 170 to push the lead to 18-0.
Both teams were open at 182, with Kersting going up to 195 and pinning sophomore Justin Granum in 1:09 for a 24-0 lead. Kain Gilligan won by forfeit at 220, and both were open at 285.
Gannon Gilligan made it 36-0 by pinning seventh-grader Hayden Landmark in 1:38 at 106, but 11th-ranked Deuel freshman Jaxon Quail got the Cardinals on the board at 113 with a 5-0 minor over Kaleb Johnson, making it 36-3.
Jennings at 120, Ethan Johnson at 126 and Caleb Clark at 132 each won by forfeit, making it 54-3; then Dobson pinned sophomore Tucker Adkins in 3:12 at 138 for 60-3. Matthew Steffensen won by forfeit at 145 to make the final score 66-3.
The Kingsbury Knights went 3-1 in a five-team duals tourney in Colton Friday, beating Flandreau 45-21, Garretson 60-24 and Tri-Valley 48-27, but losing a close one to Parker, 35-33.
Kingsbury County, 45, Flandreau, 21
The Kingsbury Knights won five of nine contested weights to beat the Flandreau Fliers 45-21.
Gannon Gilligan got the Knights started with a 6-0 minor decision over freshman Brayden Wiese at 106, but the Fliers answered with an 8-6 minor by freshman Dylan Christensen over Kaleb Johnson at 113 and an 8-2 minor by seventh-grader Justin Klein over Blake Jennings at 120 to take a 6-3 lead.
Third-ranked De Smet sophomore Dylan Zell regained the lead by a forfeit at 126, and Caleb Clark added another at 132. Alec Dobson pinned Flandreau eighth-grader Karter Headrick in 1:14 at 138 for another six, then Matthew Steffensen made it 27-6 by pinning junior Tanner Christensen in 5:42 at 145.
11th-ranked Flandreau junior Tathan Headrick closed the gap to 27-12 by pinning Luke Steffensen in 3:37 at 152, but Connor Johnson answered by pinning sophomore Gary Moose in 2:31 at 160 for 33-12.
Kolby Peters, a Flandreau sophomore, took a 7-4 minor over Griffin Clubb at 170, but Kingsbury’s Nate Kersting pinned sophomore Caleb Pitsenberger in 3:09 at 182 to push the lead to 39-15.
Both teams were open at 195, Kain Gilligan won by forfeit at 220, and the Knights were open at 285 to make the final score 45-21.
Kingsbury County, 60,
The Knights won six of eight contested weights to beat Garretson, 60-24.
Gannon Gilligan at 106 and Kaleb Johnson at 113 each won by forfeit, before Garretson sophomore Preston Bohl pinned Blake Jennings in 1:31 at 120 to make it 12-6.
Zell faced 12th-ranked Garretson junior Jayse Miller at 126, and pinned him in 2:23 to make it 18-6, but at 130, Garretson junior Raxten Rozeboom pinned Kingsbury’s Clark in 3:16 to counter.
Dobson started a 36-point run by the Knights by pinning senior Trevon Cross in 3:09 at 138, with Matthew Steffensen following at 145, pinning junior Taysen Swatek in 4:24.
Luke Steffensen pinned freshman Carsten Rozeboom in 1:57 at 152; Connor Johnson pinned junior Adam Hulscher in 1:30 at 160, and Clubb at 170 and Kersting at 182 each won by forfeit, pushing the lead to 54-12.
Kingsbury was open at 195, and Kain Gilligan pinned sophomore Jaden Richter in 2:39 at 220. The Knights were also open at 285, making the final score 60-24.
Kingsbury County, 48
Tri-Valley Mustangs, 27
The Kingsbury Knights and Tri-Valley Mustangs had a fairly competitive dual, with Kingsbury winning five of eight contested weights.
Gannon Gilligan at 106 and Kaleb Johnson at 113 again each won by forfeit, and Jennings was pinned in 34 seconds at 120 by 10th-ranked seventh-grader Brody Dybvig, making it 12-6.
Zell pinned sophomore Lawson Loiseau in 37 seconds at 126, but Tri-Valley seventh-grader Landon Reiser won a 6-2 minor over Clark at 132 to cut the lead to 18-9.
At 138, Dobson faced 10th-ranked senior Porter Jensen, and pinned the Mustang in 1:31. Matthew Steffensen followed up at 145 by pinning junior Zach Powell in 41 seconds for a 30-9 lead, but Tri-Valley got six back at 152, as freshman Tyler Gronewold pinned Luke Steffensen in 1:43.
Up 30-15, Kingsbury put the match away with the next 18 points. Connor Johnson pinned Javier Mendoza in 1:09 at 160, Clubb won by forfeit at 170, and Kersting pinned freshman Isaac Nehlich in 2:25 at 182 for a 48-15 lead.
The Knights were open at 195, Kain Gilligan was pinned in 2:53 by fourth-ranked senior Ethan Nehlich at 220, and both teams were open at 285, making the finals score 48-27.
Kingsbury County, 33
Parker Pheasants, 35
The Knights took one loss at the Tri-Valley tourney, dropping a 35-33 decision as forfeits at 195 and 285 cost the Knights the win.
The dual opened at 132, with Caleb Clark going the distance but losing a 15-1 major decision to 11th-ranked freshman Andrew Even. That put Parker up 4-0, but Dobson pinned freshman Connor Even in 1:19 at 138 to put Kingsbury up 6-4.
The Steffensen brothers swapped weight classes and each came close, but Luke Steffensen lost a 4-0 minor to senior Zanto Centeno at 145 and Matthew Steffensen lost a 3-2 minor to sophomore Jack Even at 152.
Parker was up 10-6, but Connor Johnson made it 10-9 with a wild 12-11 minor over freshman Jake Stone at 160, and Clubb put the Knights up 15-10 by pinning sophomore Logan Bridges in 39 seconds at 170.
Parker sophomore Charlie Patten, fourth-ranked at 195, came down to 182 and won a 9-0 major over Kersting, closing the gap to 15-14, and Kingsbury was open at 195, swinging the lead back to the Pheasants, 20-15.
At 220, Kain Gilligan came through by pinning freshman Levi Wieman in 5:58 for six points, but the Knights were open at 285, handing back those six.
That put Parker up 26-21, cycling back to the lighter weights.
At 106, Gannon Gilligan reclaimed a lead for the Knights by pinning eighth-grader Alex Kuchta in 2:40, but a 4-0 minor by seventh-grader Riley Pankratz over Kaleb Johnson at 113 put the Pheasants back up, 29-27.
At 120, Michael Even pinned Jennings in 2:59 to stretch the lead to eight at 35-27, which put the match just out of reach. Zell did what he could, pinning freshman Quinlan Olesen in 49 seconds, but Parker won a close one, 35-33.