Red Bulls capture 2nd place at 19-team South Dakota elite meet

CHAMPION — Fairmont/Martin County West’s 120-pounder Jaxson Rohman (top), shown attempting to turn his Blue Earth Area opponent during Thursday night’s dual meet at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont, and Lucas Jagodzinske (not shown) each captured gold medals to guide the Red Bulls to second-place team honors at the 19-team Dan Pansch/Jesse James wrestling invitational on Saturday in Brandon, S.D. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

BRANDON, S.D. — Eight Fairmont/Martin County West wrestlers produced top-three individual showings, including a pair of gold medalists, to power the Minnesota Class AA, No. 4-ranked Red Bulls to runner-up accolades at Saturday’s 19-team Dan Pansch/Jesse James Invitational at Brandon Valley High School.

Canton (S.D.) generated 254 points to fend off the Red Bulls’ 229-point effort and capture the South Dakota-based regular-season tournament championship, while Chamberlain (S.D.) placed a distance third at 164.5.

“We were looking for good competition and we found it,” said Red Bulls head coach Adam Williamson. “Canton was the undefeated state champion in its class in South Dakota last season, and set the state tournament record for points scored.

“They’re definitely the real deal.”

In fact, Jaxson Rohman, one of the Red Bulls’ two individual champions along with Lucas Jagodzinske, pinned his opponent from Canton — Braxton Trowbridge — to capture the 120-pound crown on Saturday. Rohman needed 1:03 to earn the slap of the canvas against Trowbridge in a final showdown featuring last season’s Minnesota Class AA 113-pound state champion and South Dakota’s Class B 113-pound state runner-up, respectively.

The No. 4-ranked Rohman opened Saturday’s 120-pound action with a fall in 1:07 over Tri Valley’s Louis Louiseau, pinned Chamberlain’s Dominic Santiago in 4:42 in quarterfinal action and earned the slap of the mat in 2:32 over Jovey Christensen of Beresford in the semifinals.

Jagodzinske, who holds the No. 5 spot in the current Class AA 113-pound rankings, shut out Chamberlain’s Max Donovan by a 4-0 decision to capture the gold medal in their weight division.

Ironically, Jagodzinske, who qualified for the 2018 individual state meet, did not allow a point to Donovan — South Dakota’s Class A 113-pound state champion last season.

Jagodzinske needed only 47 seconds during Saturday’s 113-pound competition to press Sioux Falls Roosevelt opponent Dane Mediger’s shoulders to the mat in first-round action.

Jagodzinske then coasted to a 9-0 major decision over Yankton’s Cruz Dyer in the quarterfinals before posting a 14-2 major decision over Dell Rapids’ Jacob Vogel in the semifinals.

Jesse Potts, Connor Simmonds and Nathan Simmonds each captured runner-up individual honors for the Red Bulls, while teammates Cale Steuber, Jordan Wolter and Payton Anderson each earned bronze medals during the elite meet.

The unranked Potts kicked off 106-pound action with a rare forfeit before pinning Brandon Valley’s Jacob Wolfe in 3:22 during quarterfinal action.

Potts then needed just 2:40 to claim a fall over West Central’s Brayden Siemonsma in semifinal action before losing a narrow 4-3 decision to Tea’s Quincy Hulverson in the gold-medal match. Hulverson entered the tournament with a perfect 16-0 record.

No. 4-ranked 126-pounder Connor Simmonds won by injury default over Brandon Valley’s Carson Askdal in their opening match before coasting to a 15-0 technical fall over Garretson’s Hayden Pierret in quarterfinal action. Simmonds then produced an incredible 3-0 semifinal decision over Canton’s Braden Sehr, a South Dakota state champion in 2018, to reach the 126-pound gold-medal round. Chamberlain’s Collin Powell doubled the score on Simmonds, 6-3, in the championship clash. Powell placed third at state last season.

No. 4-ranked 160-pounder Nathan Simmonds needed only 40 seconds to dispose of Yankton’s Crew Strub during first-round action before outpointing Dell Rapids’ Gage Carr in quarterfinal action by an 18-10 major decision. Simmonds then shut out Huron’s Matthew Katz in the semifinals by a 4-0 decision before Brandon Valley’s Damion Schunke pinned Simmonds with only 6 seconds left in the 160-pound finals. Schunke earned a bronze medal at state in 2018.

No. 5-ranked Cale Steuber rallied to capture third place in the 132-pound bracket after experiencing a semifinal loss to another 2018 South Dakota state champion from Canton in Kellyn March. Steuber pinned Tea’s Devin Pence in opening-round action in 1:26 before posting an 11-4 quarterfinal win over Harrisburg’s Max Johnson.

March pinned Steuber in their semifinal match in 28 seconds before the Red Bull junior rolled to a 17-2 technical fall over Johnson in the third-place clash.

No. 3-ranked Jordan Wolter battled in a 138-pound bracket that featured a pair of South Dakota state champions and a runner-up on Saturday. Wolter opened with a 17-1 technical fall over Dell Rapids’ Max Lamer before earning a 14-2 major decision over Canton’s Seth Peterson in the quarterfinals.

Vermillion’s Lucus Anglin, a 2018 state gold medalist, posted a 13-0 major decision over Wolter in the semifinals before outlasting a fellow state champion in Brandon Valley’s Isaac Klinkhammer in the finals via a 4-2 overtime decision.

Wolter, however, displayed his mettle by rebounding for a 9-3 decision over Huron’s Chipper Shillingstad in the third-place 138-pound clash. Shillingstad captured runner-up state accolades in 2018.

No. 2-ranked 145-pounder Payton Anderson lost a 9-2 semifinal decision to Tri Valley’s Caden Lamer — another South Dakota state winner in 2018 — before demonstrating his resilience by coasting to a 14-6 major decision over Canton’s Jaden Dominisse in the third-place match. Dominisse placed fourth at state in 2018.

Anderson received a first-round bye before netting a 14-3 major decision over Huron’s Daynon Huber in quarterfinal action on Saturday.

Mario Maldonado, Tristan Lange and Jacob Rahn each placed fourth for the Red Bulls during the 19-team invitational.

No. 9-ranked 170-pounder Mario Maldonado earned a fall in 1:20 over Vermillion’s Brock Voss before losing to Harrisburg’s Ryan Meyer, 4-1, in the quarterfinals.

The Red Bulls’ senior then battled his way through the 170-pound wrestlebacks, pinning Chamberlain’s Kordel Chmela in 2:23, stuck Beresford’s Landon Schurch in 2:19 and downed West Central’s Clay Farmer in 1:45. Maldonado, however, had to settle for fourth place due to the high school league’s five-match maximum rule.

Rahn experienced the same fate as Maldonado during 220-pound action. Rahn pinned his opening-round opponent Beresford’s Alex Jensen in 1:43 before losing a 9-0 major decision to Canton’s Marshall Baldwin in the quarterfinals.

Rahn shut out Brandon Valley’s Jordan Huser in wrestleback action by a 5-0 decision, defeated Yankton’s Owen Phillips by a 9-3 win and edged Chamberlain’s Ruger Forester, 3-2.

No. 5-ranked Tristan Lange opened 182-pound action with a bye before pinning Tea’s PJ Parmelee in 3:27 in the quarterfinals. Canton’s Scott Peterson then outpointed Lange in the semifinals, 12-1.

Lange then needed only 34 seconds to pin Bon Homme/Scotland’s Jordan Gall in wrestleback action before losing an 8-2 decision to Huron’s Gabriel Rieger in the third-place match.

The Red Bulls’ Garrett Myren (195) compiled a 1-2 record in tourney action, while teammates Michael Johnson (152) and Everardo Hernandez (285) lost both of their matches on the day.

Fairmont/Martin County West’s Miles Fitzgerald, who’s ranked No. 4 at 152, did not compete in the tournament due to an infection.

Fairmont/Martin County West (3-0) competes in a double-dual meet against Redwood River Valley and the host Saints at 5 p.m. Thursday in St. Peter. The Red Bulls then travel to Windom on Saturday for the Big South Conference individual meet starting at 10 a.m.

Dan Pansch/Jesse James Invite

Team Scores: 1. Canton 254; 2. Fairmont/Martin County West 229; 3. Chamberlain 164.5; 4. Huron 153.5; 5. Harrisburg 126.5; 6. Brandon Valley 126; 7. Sioux Falls Roosevelt 95.5; 8. Dell Rapids 93; 9. Tea 87.5; 10. Bon Homme/Scotland 86; 11. Beresford 76; 12. Tri Valley 70; 13. Vermillion 64.5; 14. (tie) West Central and Yankton 46s; 16. Sioux Falls O’Gorman 42; 17. Garretson 33; 18. Flandreau 20; 19. Luverne 15.5.

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