Bulldogs place ninth at Les Tlustos Invitational
By LARRY LEEDS, Sports Editor
The Madison Bulldogs placed ninth in the Les Tlustos Invitational Wrestling Tournament at Brookings on Saturday.|
Winning the team title was Rapid City Central with 229 points. Following the Cobblers were Pierre 217, Rapid City Stevens 148, Sioux Falls Roosevelt 141, Spearfish 139, Brookings 121.5, Sioux Falls Washington 121, Brandon Valley 101.5, Madison 87, Dell Rapids 73, Yankton 73, West Central 71, Sioux Falls Lincoln 63.5, Mitchell 59.5, Harrisburg 37, Sisseton 34 and Lennox 20.
"This was a very competitive tournament in every weight class," said Madison Coach Chris Waba. "There were 109 ranked wrestlers competing. I was happy with the way our kids pushed themselves all day, and we now have a good measuring stick as to where to go from here."
The top Bulldog finisher was junior Tyler Currey, who placed third in the 182-pound match. He opened the tourney with a pin against Derick Neuman of Sioux Falls Roosevelt in 3:20. Brandon Valley's Gabe Langer beat Currey 9-5 in his second match.
Currey got on a roll and pinned his last four opponents to place third. He pinned Preston Skinner of Mitchell in 2:16; Luke McFarland of Spearfish in 4:34; Dan Marlette of Sioux Falls Washington in 4:53; and in the third- and fourth-place match Currey faced Langer and stuck him in 4:13 to claim third place.
"Tyler had a long day of wrestling and he was on a mission after his loss," Waba said.
Two Madison wrestlers placed fifth in the tournament. They were Dexter Nowstrup and Blake Gusso.
Nowstrup, competing in the 195-pound class, opened the tournament with a pin over Sam Lynde of West Central in 1:45. Nate Rotert of Spearfish pinned Nowstrup in 49 seconds in the second round. Nowstrup bounced back and pinned Riley Heck of Mitchell in 1:48 and beat Jake Russell of Brookings 4-0.
Matt Schirado of Harrisburg pinned Nowstrup in 2:25, sending him to the fifth- and sixth-place match. Nowstrup earned a 9-6 victory over Chase Morin of Sioux Falls Roosevelt to claim fifth place.
"Dexter had a tremendous day filling in for injured Corey Welbon," said Waba. "For Dexter to place in this tournament hopefully let him know that he can compete at the varsity level."
Gusso placed fifth in the 220-pound class. He opened the tournament with a technical fall win over Lennox's Sam Metivier 19-4. Lane Lettau of Pierre pinned Gusso in his second match in 2:35. Gusso earned a major decision over Alex Capell of Sioux Falls Roosevelt 12-1 and beat Brendon Rotert of Spearfish 3-1 in overtime.
Tyson Sprinkle of Mitchell pinned Gusso in 4:03, sending the Madison junior to the fifth-and sixth-place match. Gusso rebounded nicely and beat Trey Crisp-Peterson of Sioux Falls Washington 4-1 and captured fifth place.
Other place-winners for Madison were Matt Goth, sixth place at 152; Wyatt Fender and Ayson Jones, seventh place at 145 and 285, respectively; and Michael McComish, eighth place at 160. McComish was back on the mats after an accident during Madison Square Garden a week earlier.
Madison will go to Hartford on Saturday for the final Big 8 Conference Tournament. Action will get started at 10 a.m.