Philip young wrestlers compete at the AAU state tournament

The Philip area was represented well by its AAU wrestlers who competed in the state tournament on March 24 to 25 at the Rapid City Civic Center.

Out of the growing number of area AAU members, seven local athletes had earned the right to go on to the state meet. Coaches Keven Morehart, Joe Carley and Randy Johnson saw five of these wrestlers earn places in the top eight spots in their respective age and weight divisions in South Dakota.

"It was an enjoyable season," said Morehart. "The kids worked hard. It was fun working with them, Joe and Randy."

At the state tournament, many volunteers helped by working on logistics and statistics. Workers included high school wrestling coaches, such as Philip's Matt Donnelly.

Division 3

(ages 9 and 10)

Nicholas Donnelly, 75 lbs. - 7th place.

Grady Carley, 80 lbs. - 6th place.

Division 5

(ages 13 and 14)

Tanner Radway, 125 lbs. - 6th place.

Division 6

(ages 15 and 16)

Jace Nelson, 125 lbs. - 8th place.

Clinton Nelson, 189 lbs. - 4th place.

Rance Johnson (60 lbs., 9-10 age division) and Jacob Kammerer (70 lbs., 9-10 division) also competed at the state tournament.