Kingsbury Knights

Wrestlers win duals at Mid-Dakota Monster

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The Kingsbury County Knights went 4-0 Friday in an unusual Mid-Dakota Monster wrestling tournament in Presho—changed to a duals tournament, in response to the COVID-19 epidemic.

The Knights won all four of their duals, beating Mobridge-Pollock, Stanley County, Potter County and Warner/Northwestern.

Kingsbury was at Sisseton Tuesday, then the Knights have 10 days off before wrestling in a quadrangular in Volga on Friday, Jan. 22, then hosting the Kingsbury County tourney on Saturday, Jan. 23.

Kingsbury County 60, Mobridge-Pollock 15

The Kingsbury Knights opened their dual tournament Friday with a 60-15 win over the Mobridge-Pollock Tigers.

The Tigers opened with a 5-0 minor decision by Mark Sandquist over Lake Preston eighth-grader Lane Jensen, but that would be M-P’s last victory for some time.

Two forfeits followed, giving wins to De Smet eighth-grader Kaleb Johnson at 113 and to Arlington freshman Sheldon Balderston at 120, then De Smet sophomore Dylan Zell pinned M-P freshman Wyatt Wientjes in 1:04 at 126 to put the Knights up 18-3.

Kingsbury’s Caleb Clark, an Arlington junior, extended the lead to 24-3 by pinning M-P sophomore Remmington Ford in 5:35 at 132. De Smet senior Alec Dobson won by forfeit at 138, and Arlington senior Matthew Steffensen won a 9-4 minor over M-P senior Kamron Pearman at 145 to put the Knights 33-3.

Three more Tiger forfeits followed, giving wins to Arlington junior Luke Steffensen at 152, De Smet freshman Connor Johnson at 160 and to De Smet sophomore Griffin Clubb at 170.

Nate Kersting, an Arlington junior, pushed the lead to 54-3 with a 9-4 minor over M-P sophomore Jesse Bears Heart at 182, but Kingsbury was open at 195, closing the gap to 54-9.

De Smet senior Kain Gilligan won by forfeit at 220, but the Knights were open at 285, making the final score 60-15.

Kingsbury County 60, Stanley County 16

The Knights’ second dual was a 60-16 win over the Stanley County Buffaloes.

The dual started at 195, with De Smet sophomore Cael Schoenfelder winning by forfeit. Kain Gilligan did the same at 220, and both teams were open at 285.

Jensen at 106 extended Kingsbury’s lead to 18-0 by pinning SC seventh-grader Landon Bame in 1:06, then Johnson at 113 pushed it to 24-0 by pinning SC eighth-grader Hayden Roggow in 2:39.

The Buffaloes got on the board when SC sophomore Chase Hanson pinned Kingsbury’s Balderston in 1:17 at 120, but Zell quickly answered at 126, pinning SC Tayten Walker in 1:05.

Stanley County closed to 30-10 on a 15-1 major decision by senior Trey Frost over Clark at 138, but Dobson came through for the Knights, pinning SC eighth-grader Colton Brady in 1:31 at 138.

Matthew Steffensen followed that up by pinning SC junior Trent Beintema in 3:49 at 145, and younger brother Luke Steffensen won by forfeit again, taking the mat at 152.

Up 48-10, Connor Johnson extended that to 54-10 by pinning SC seventh-grader Case Kalda in 56 seconds at 160, but the Buffaloes answered with junior Levi Stover, who pinned Kingsbury’s Clubb in 3:24 at 170.

The match ended at 60-16, after Kersting won by forfeit at 182.

Kingsbury County 66, Potter County 3

There were just four contested weight classes in the Knights’ next dual, a 66-3 win over Potter County.

It opened with a forfeit to Gilligan at 220, then a double forfeit at 285. At 106, PC freshman Nicholas Schlachter put the Battlers on the board, with a 9-2 minor over Kingsbury’s Jensen.

That made it 6-3, but it was all Kingsbury from there.

Kaleb Johnson pinned PC seventh-grader Ethan Amick in 44 seconds at 113, and Balderston pinned PC seventh-grader Ivan Stuwe in 33 seconds at 120. Zell at 126 and Clark at 132 each won by forfeit, and the Knights were up 30-3.

Dobson pinned PC senior Brayden Schlachter in 1:15 at 138 in the last contested weight class. Matthew Steffensen and Luke Steffensen won by forfeit at 145 and 152, as did Connor Johnson at 160, Clubb at 170 and Kersting at 182. Both teams were open at 195, making the final score 66-3.

Kingsbury County 52, Warner/NW 20

The Kingsbury Knights’ last dual of the day was their closest, a 52-20 win over Warner/Northwestern.

The dual opened with forfeits to Lane Jensen at 106 and Kaleb Johnson at 113. Balderston followed up by pinning W/NW seventh-grader Chays Mansfield in 44 seconds at 120, then Zell pinned sophomore Charlie Dulany in 3:14 at 126 to put Kingsbury up 24-0.

Clayton Dulany, also a W/NW sophomore, stopped the bleeding with an 11-1 major over Clark at 132, but Dobson won by forfeit at 138 to extend the lead to 30-4.

Matthew Steffensen won a 17-6 major over junior Lincoln Fortin at 145, but Luke Steffensen was pinned by freshman Alex Pudwill in 2:56 at 152 to cut the gap to 34-10. A 17-8 major decision by W/NW senior Easton Steinbach over Connor Johnson at 160 cut it further, to 34-14.

But that’s as close as it would get. W/NW was open at 170, giving Clubb the win, and Kersting pinned sophomore Cole Wilkie in 1:05 at 182 to push the lead to 46-14. The Knights were open at 185, but W/NW was at 220, giving Gilligan the win.

Both teams were open at 285, making the final score 52-20.

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