Scotties take a first and fourth place at State Wrestling Tournament
The Smith boys (no relation), Lincoln (189 pounds, first place) and Jordan (119, fourth place), and the other seven Scottie contenders, represented their school and town well at the recent State tournament in Aberdeen.
Philip had nine athletes who competed at the State "B" Wrestling Tournament on Friday and Saturday, February 23 and 24, at the Barnett Center in Aberdeen. As a team, Philip tied for 11th place with a score of 53. Out of 54 participating teams, Parkston won with a team score of 132.5.
Philip has not had a state champion since 1999. Lincoln, at 189 pounds, was the only West River Champion wrestler in the State 'B' tournament.
"It was an awesome weekend," said Deb Smith, mother of Lincoln Smith. "The boys represented Philip really well at State. It can be pretty overwhelming to wrestle in that atmosphere - the electricity is very high and the competition is fierce. Six of our nine got at least one win. We have great coaches and it's been a great season! The Philip wrestling fans - who are all like family to each other - are the best!"
"I am very proud of all our wrestlers," said Donna Smith, mother of Jordan Smith. "They worked very hard this year. Six of our nine state qualifiers were first timers at the state tournament. We are a young team and everyone will be back bigger and better next year."
Troy Guptill, 112;
decisioned Jade Albrecht, Groton, 6-5.
Championship quarterfinals; pinned by Allan Hogg, Marion-Freeman, 3:31.
2nd round wrestlebacks; decision by Darrell Oberg, Alcester-Hudson, 6-11.
Jordan Smith, 119, 4th place;
pinned Devin Swanson, Britton-Hecla, 1:48.
Championship quarterfinals; pinned by Ethan Hegdahl, Howard, 3:35.
2nd round wrestlebacks; pinned Travis Hovorka, Bon Homme, 2:53.
3rd round wrestlebacks; pinned Jeremy Fiegen, Dell Rapids, 5:06.
4th round wrestlebacks; decisioned Tate Brengle, Harding County, 7-1.
3rd/4th place round; decision by Nick Hutcheson, Elk Point-Jefferson, 1-3.
Cecil Heeb, 125;
decision by Alex Hammell, Chamberlain, 3-4.
1st round wrestle backs; decision by Drew Nelson, Marion-Freeman, 2-12.
Wyatt Kammerer, 135;
pinned by Jacob Bialas, Parkston, :47.
1st round wrestle backs: pinned by Grant Renner, Britton-Helca, :48.
Andrew Brech, 140;
technical fall by Brady Nolz, Parkston, 4:00.
1st round wrestle backs; decision by Michael Reid, Faulkton 2-11.
Tate Guptill, 145;
decision by Cory Sykora, Bon Homme, 4-10.
1st round wrestle backs; decisioned Jon Curran, Dakota Valley, 11-1.
2nd round wrestle backs; decision by Chase Tempel, Aberdeen-Roncalli, 5-6.
Mick Trask, 171;
decisioned Adam Scofield, Flandreau, 5-4.
Championship quarterfinals; default for Ryan Kocer, Wagner.
2nd round wrestle backs; decision by Jeff Ballard, Harrisburg, 0-6.
Lincoln Smith, 189, 1st place;
pinned Austin Giedd, Chamberlain, 1:48.
Championship quarterfinals; pinned Alex Merrick, Alcestor-Hudson, 1:20.
Championship semifinals; decisioned Austin Luecke, Groton, 8-3.
Championship finals; decisioned Marcus Murphy, Dell Rapids, 7-2.
Mark Trask, 285;
pinned by Jeremy Schoenwald, Marion-Freeman, :57.
1st round wrestle backs; pinned John Premus, Webster, 1:45.
2nd round wrestle backs; decision by Tyler Bonefield, Newell, 1-7.