Loudenburg wins 120-lb. title at Floyd Farrand Invitational
By LARRY LEEDS, Sports Editor
The Howard Tigers had the Most Valuable Wrestler, one champion and three runners-up in the Floyd Farrand Invitational at Sioux Falls Lincoln High School over the week.|
Luke Loudenburg was the Tiger to pick up a championship in the 120-pound class and was named the tournament's MVP. Loudenburg went unbeaten (4-0) against four Class "A" wrestlers during the two-day tournament. In the championship match, Loudenburg beat Brady Burghardt of Watertown 7-3.
During his earlier matches, Loudenburg earned a technical fall over Colton Richards of Sisseton 16-1, and a major decision over Tanner Brengele of Sturgis 9-1. In the semifinal match, the Howard sophomore faced Sioux Falls Roosevelt's Brock Kortan and earned a 10-2 major decision.
Howard placed 10th in the tournament with 114 points. Winning the team title was Parkston with 199.5 points. Following the Trojans were Sturgis 177.5, Canton 151, Brookings 145, Wagner 132.5, Brandon Valley 123.5, Watertown 122, Sioux Falls Roosevelt 120, Sioux Falls Washington 119, Howard 114, Harrisburg 69, Milbank 57, Vermillion 55.5, Garretson 54, Sioux Falls O'Gorman 36, Sioux Falls Lincoln 29, Tea 25.5, Lennox 22.5 and Sisseton 11.
The Tigers had three grapplers place second: Bailey Neises, Evan Donahue and James Jungwirth.
Neises, competing in the 113-pound class, faced Kahlen Morris of Sioux Falls Roosevelt in the championship bout. Morris earned a 5-4 decision over Neises. Neises picked up three wins before he lost in the championship match. He pinned Mason Pickett of Vermillion in 1:54 and had a major decision win 8-0 over Conner Rowbotham of Brandon Valley. In the semifinal match, Neises pinned Blake Bietz of Parkston.
Donahue dropped a major decision (10-1) to Tyler Dion of Wagner in the 138-pound championship match. Earlier in the tournament, Donahue picked up a major decision win (16-3) over Canton's Derek Dilts and pinned Austin Heien of Tea in 5:01. In the semifinal match, Donahue earned a technical fall over Taylor McLaughlin of Watertown 16-1.
Jungwirth made it to the championship match of the 172-pound division before dropping a match. Mason Bender of Brandon Valley earned a 12-5 decision over Jungwirth in the championship match. Jungwirth picked up three wins earlier in the tournament. He had a 6-0 decision win over Sterling Gehrke of Watertown and earned a 15-3 major decision win over Alex Osborne of Vermillion. In the semifinal match. Jungwirth earned another major decision win (8-0) over Parkston's Miles Semmler.
Howard had two other wrestlers who placed in the tournament. Nick Pardy placed sixth in the 182-pound division and Landon Hamilton placed eighth in the 195-pound division.
Howard will be back on the mats on Jan. 3 at Parker when the Tigers face Garretson, Parker and McCook Central/Montrose in a quadrangler. Action begins at 5 p.m.