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AAU wrestlers going to state

Pictured to the left: on the bottom pier, from left: Grady Carley, Tanner Radway and Clint Nelson. Second pier: Jacob Kammerer and Nicholas Donnelly. Top of the heap: Rance Johnson. Not pictured: Jace Nelson.

The regular season for AAU wrestling in South Dakota has come to an end. Fifteen young athletes from the Philip wrestling club competed at districts, with 13 qualifying to go on to regionals.

Those wrestlers were:

Division I

(six years and under)

Colby Fitch, 45 lbs, 8th place.

Division III

(nine and 10 years)

Mark Stangle, 55, 5th place.

Rance Johnson, 60, 2nd place.

Jacob Kammerer, 70, 1st place.

Nicholas Donnelly, 75, 3rd place.

Grady Carley, 80, 1st place.

Jace Giannonatti, 85, 3rd place.

Division IV

(11 and 12 years)

Nelson Holman, 65, 5th place.

Paul Guptill, 80, 5th place.

Ben Stangle, 80, 7th place.

Brayden Fitch, 90, 7th place.

Reed Johnson, 120, 4th place.

Division V

(13 and 14 years)

Tanner Radway, 125, 1st place.

At the regionals held in Custer, nine Philip area wrestlers placed in the top five of their respective divisions. The top three placers qualify to go on to state competition. Regionals also includes another division, division VII, for 15 and 16 year olds. Placing at the regional tournament were:

Rance Johnson, 3rd place.

Kammerer, 1st place.

Donnelly, 3rd place.

Carley, 1st place.

Giannonatti, 5th place.

Reed Johnson, 5th place.

Radway, 1st place.

Division VI

(15 and 16 years)

Jace Nelson, 125, 3rd place.

Clint Nelson, 215, 1st place.

Seven local athletes will now compete at the state competition on Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25, at the Rapid City Civic Center.

The Philip area AAU wrestlers are coached by Keven Morehart, with help from assistant coach Joe Carley and from Randy Johnson.