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Philip Area takes Region 4B Wrestling Tourney, 13 athletes on to state meet

Back row, from left: assistant coach Luke Weber, Tanner Radway, Troy Guptill, Travis Nelson, Tucker McDaniel, Jade Nelson, Clint Stout, coach Matt Donnelly, Ross Julson and assistant coach Jerald Julson. Middle row: Chandlier Sudbeck, Blake Lobdell, Karch Foley and Clint Nelson. Front: student manager Abby Carley, Bohdi Lylte, Mick Trask, Andrew Brech, Tate Guptill, Jess Williams, Dallas Lamm, student manager Colby Smith and Lane Blasius.

The Region 4B Wrestling Tournament in Fort Pierre on Saturday, February 21 featured the top four placers in each weight class from District 7B and from District 8B.

Earning 211 points, the Philip Area team won the Region 4B Tournament by 97 points above the second place team of Mobridge/Pollock (M/P) with 114 points. Gettysburg (G) took 3rd place with 111 points, Lemmon/McIntosh (L/M) - 102.5, Stanley County (SC) - 96, Harding County (HC) - 78.5, Newell (N) - 71.5, Bennett County (BC) - 66, Custer (C) - 24, St. Thomas More (STM) - 17, Red Cloud (RC) - 14, Sully Buttes (SB) - 13 and Hill City took 13th place with no points.

Philip has all its 13 wrestlers who were in regional competition going on to state competition. Philip claimed the District 7B wrestling championship with 255 points and 12 individual champions at the meet, 10 by pins in the championship matches. Philip came away from regionals with five first places, three second places, two third places and three fourth places. The top four wrestlers in each bracket will go to the state tournament on February 27-28 in Aberdeen.

For the past three years, the Trent Matt Award has been presented at the Region 4B Tournament to the 160 pound champion. That is the weight Trent wrestled during his senior year. His parents, Marion and Darlene Matt, presented this award to Philip's Tate Guptill. This is the first time since its inception that the award has gone to a Philip wrestler.

Chandlier Sudbeck, 103 lbs., 4th place

•pinned Sutton Sandquist, M/P, 5:40

•decisioned by Josh Sackman, L/M, 9-12

•pinned Cody Herman, C, 4:02

•pinned by Wyatt Harrowa, SC, 3:30

Jess Williams, 112 lbs., 2nd place

•major decision over Cole Geditz, G, 18-3

•major decision over Hathan Gary, SB, 17-1

•decisioned by Matt Stoesser, SC, 6-9

Travis Nelson, 119 lbs., 2nd place

•decision over Thomas Tolton, SC, 9-6

•pinned Dylan Kling, L/M, 1:26

•pinned by Sawyer Sandquist, M/P, 5:58

Tanner Radway, 125 lbs., 4th place

•decisioned by Chantry Norman, SC, 0-5

•major decision over Billy Alexander, C,19-4

•decision over Jordan Ackermann, G, 11-9

•decisioned by Seth McCann, N, 11-12

Tucker McDaniel, 130 lbs., 3rd place

•pinned Jace Anderson, SB, 1:22

•decisioned by Ronald Fickbolm, N, 3-5

•decision over Lander Bolte, L/M, 11-1

•pinned Aaron Carda, SC, 1:16

Blake Lobdell, 135 lbs., 1st place

•pinned Tanner Green, SC, 1:44

•decision over Paden Tomac, L/M, 6-2

•decision over Austin Lake, G, 8-1

Troy Guptill, 140 lbs., 3rd place

•major decision over Todd Szczur, M/P, 15-4

•decisioned by Taygen Schuelke, N, 2-3

•decision over Dalton McCollam, BC, 5-3

•win by forfeit over Tim Szczur, M/P

Andrew Brech, 145 lbs., 1st place

•major decision over Blane Hotchkiss, N, 17-2

•pinned Bryant Murray, M/P, 1:17

•major decision over Matt Even, L/M, 12-3

Bodhi Lytle, 152 lbs., 2nd place

•pinned Colin Jensen, M/P, 5:19

•pinned Willard Sieler, L/M, 5:40

•pinned by Josh Schmidt, G, 1:46

Tate Guptill, 160 lbs., 1st place

•major decision over Colt Besler, HC, 14-2

•pinned Tyler Adams, N, 1:09

•major decision over Levi Jensen, M/P, 9-0

Karch Foley, 189 lbs., 4th place

•decisioned by Ashton Norder, M/P, 3-9

•bye

•decision over Sam McCloud, G, 5-3

•decisioned by Ashton Norder, M/P, 0-8

Clint Nelson, 215 lbs., 1st place

•pinned Jesse Oliver, L/M, 1:12

•decision over Jace Melvin, SC, 11-8

•decision over Sam Olson, HC, 12-6

Mick Trask, 285 lbs., 1st place

•pinned Alix Taylor, M/P, 3:09

•pinned Tate Gress, HC, 3:04

•pinned Tyler Hageman, G, 1:41.