Scottie wrestlers ranked 37th at state competition

A focused pep talk … Scotties' wrestling coach Matt Donnelly prepares Lincoln Smith (160 lbs.) just before a match at the state wrestling tournament last weekend in Aberdeen.

The five Philip Scottie wrestlers who earned at least a fourth place position at the Region IV B wrestling tournament went on to the state tournament held in Aberdeen on Friday and Saturday, February 25-26.

Out of 61 teams represented, Philip ranked 37 with a score of seven. Thirteen school or cooperative teams had no scores.

Jordan Smith, 103:

•1st round: dec. over Joseph Aesoph, Faulkton, 13-4

•quarterfinals: dec. by Tyler Stark, Elk Point/Jefferson, 0-6

•2nd-round wrestle-back: dec. by Tanner Bortnem, Sioux Valley, 3-4

Alex Brech, 145:

•1st round: dec. by Matt Kiefer, Webster, 3-5

•1st round wrestle-back: dec. by Zach DeBruin, Alcester/Hudson, 1-2

Lincoln Smith, 160:

•1st round: dec. by Adam Fergen, Parkston, 2-14

•1st round wrestle-back: dec. by James Pigors, Groton, 5-9

Kent Buchholz, 215:

•1st round: pinned Kyle Selken, Dell Rapids, 5:46

•quarter finals: forfeit to Riley Reiff, Parkston

•2nd round wrestle-back: dec. by Rodney Schlechter, Webster, 2-4

Alex Moos, 275:

•1st round: pinned by Mark Bilben, Kimball/White Lake, 3:59

•1st round wrestle-back: pinned by D.J. Nerud, Deuel, :28