Philip Area Scotties take first place in District 7B Wrestling Tournament

The Philip Area Scotties hosted the District 7B Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, February 13.

In the close match between first and second place, the Scottie team earned enough points to defeat Hot Springs in the last match. Philip's Gavin DeVries, in his first match win of the season, pinned his Hill City opponent to claim third place in the 275 pound class. This put the Philip Area team on top for the tournament with 217 points.

Hot Springs ended the tournament with 213.5 points for second place. Custer had 109.5 points for third place. Other teams competing in the tournament were Bennett County, Hill City, Red Cloud and St. Thomas More.

Individually, Philip racked up six first places, three second places, three third places and one fourth. The top four placers in each weight class go on to regions. The first place winners for Philip were Lane Blasius (103 lbs.), Blake Lobdell (145 lbs.), Bodhi Lytle (160 lbs.), Troy Guptill (171 lbs.), Clint Nelson (189 lbs.) and Karch Foley (215 lbs.). Philip's second place winners were Chandlier Sudbeck (112 lbs.), Dace Kelly (119 lbs.) and Tanner Radway (140 lbs.). Third place went to Clint Stout (135 lbs.), Chance Knutson (152 lbs.) and Gavin DeVries (275 lbs.). Austin Pinney (125 lbs.) goes to regionals, with a fourth place at district.

Lane Blasius, 103 lbs., 1st place, season record 26-2


•technical fall over Dominick Schooler (Hot Springs), 16-1, 3:38

•pinned Cody Herman (Custer), 1:19

Chandlier Sudbeck, 112 lbs., 2nd place, record 20-12


•decision over Casey Lewis (CUS), 5-3

•pinned by Philip Rickenbach (HS), 1:01

Dace Kelly, 119 lbs., 2nd place, record 18-12


•decision over Seth Ireland (Bennett County), 7-4

•decision by Clayton Steinmentz (HS), 3-4

Austin Pinney, 125 lbs., 4th place, record 14-12

•pinned Cody O'Dell (Hill City), 3:33

•pinned by Colter Steinmentz (HS), 0:44

•decision over Sylas Running Eagle (Red Cloud), 12-10

•pinned by Skyler Livermont (BC), 2:08

Reed Johnson, 130 lbs., record 10-17

•pinned Naoki Arita (RC), 0:37

•decision by Tyler Hyde (HS), 3-9

•decision by Mark Shorb (CUS), 5-8

Clint Stout, 135 lbs., 3rd place, record 18-12


•technical fall by Justin Holden (HC), 3-19, 2:10

•pinned Lane Pourier (RC), 2:53

•decision over Max Wilson (CUS), 11-4

Tanner Radway, 140 lbs., 2nd place, record 20-17

•technical fall over Dane Arredondo (RC), 18-2, 3:10

•decision over Dylan Severyn (CUS), 8-2

•pinned by Taylor Scherer (BC), 5:02

Blake Lobdell, 145 lbs., 1st place, record 25-4

•pinned Forest King (HC), 2:19

•pinned Clay Seidler (CUS), 1:05

•decision over Brady Harkless (HS), 3-1

Chance Knutson, 152 lbs., 3rd place, record 21-13

•pinned Witt Dobesh (St. Thomas More), 3:23

•decision by Dalton McCollam (BC), 3-7

•pinned Kyle Harkin (CUS), 3:42

•pinned Steven DeWolfe (RC), 3:34

Bodhi Lytle, 160 lbs., 1st place, record 14-3

•pinned Trenton Braun (HC), 2:08

•decision over Zach Wager (CUS), 10-5

•decision over Levi Collins (HS), 4-2

Troy Guptill, 171 lbs., 1st place, record 21-2


•pinned Jordan Bakley (BC), 1:50

•decision over Matt Harkless (HS), 5-3

Clint Nelson, 189 lbs., 1st place, record 21-6


•pinned Mario Lupercio/Sanchez (HC), 2:23

•pinned Jesse Atwood (HS), 4:50

Karch Foley, 215 lbs., 1st place, record 18-7


•pinned Chandler Ross (RC), 2:26

•pinned Nolan Johnson (STM), 4:33

Gavin DeVries, 275 lbs., 3rd place, record 1-10


•loss by default to Derrik Walton (HS)


•pinned Kyle Bintliff (HC), 0:25

The Region IVB Tournament will be in Fort Pierre on Saturday, February 20. The State B Wrestling Tournament will be Friday and Saturday, February 26 and 27, in Sioux Falls.