Wrestlers win home dual
Published: Thursday, December 19th, 2013
Going into the first dual of the season, Custer wrestling coach Jared Webster knew it would be a close match up. With a younger team and sick middleweights, the team had to get key pins in order to top Belle Fourche.
“The younger kids came to wrestle and I was happy about that,” Webster said. “A couple kids need to dig deeper, but that will come in time. A lot of the lightweights got some experience for the first time.”
The team’s first win came from sophomore Micah Grace (113 pounds), who had a near-pin in the second round over opponent Tel Montgomery. Grace pushed Montgomery into the third round, where Grace won the match 10-0 in a decision. Next to score points was junior Blake Jensen (126), who also won in a decision (12-7) after receiving key points from a near fall and reversal.
There were a number of quick matches, including eighth grader Jahrett Schiemer (132), who pinned his opponent 57 seconds into the first round, senior Chasen Cole (138), who followed suit, pinning his opponent in 58 seconds, and senior Clayton Wahlstrom (182), who pinned Belle Fourche wrestler Tate Olson 17 seconds into the first round. Junior Casey Seidler (170) also received a win after pinning his opponent in the second round.
The wins added points to Custer’s score, topping Belle Fourche 43-36.
While Webster was happy with the younger wrestlers’ chance to gain experience, he wants to see the hesitation stop.
“They need to chain wrestle. They can’t stop after each move; they need to keep moving,” he said. “They need to wrestle the whole six minutes and attack the whole time.”
Sophomore Chance Dooley (106) was pinned in the second round while sophomore Tyler Hughes (120) was pinned in the third round after a couple close near-falls. Freshman Forrest Lewis (145) and junior David Sigdestad (195) were also pinned.
The team also traveled to the Rapid City Invitational over the weekend, where they managed to put up 46 points, earning 18th place.
“That’s the most points we’ve probably scored at that tournament in a long time,” Webster said. “The younger kids got a lot of experience of wrestling in a big venue and the older kids really stepped up.”
Wahlstrom took first place in his weight class after a back and forth thriller against Rapid City Central wrestler Martin Mueller while Mike Murray (220) was one match away from the championship match.
“He had a tough draw,” Webster said. “The kid he ended up losing to placed third.”
Webster said the team — young and experienced — still needs to work on attacking.
“They weren’t attacking as much as I thought we should have been,” he said. “But a lot of kids got wins out of that tournament and that’s great. This tournament is bigger than the state tournament.”
With a busy weekend on the horizon, Webster hopes his wrestlers continue to gain experience and the value of their time on the mat.
“The time (on the mat) will be good,” he said. “The younger kids will hopefully be able to learn how to wrestle at a high school level.”
The team will travel to Belle Fourche for a quadrangular against the Broncs, as well as Spearfish and Rapid City Central. This weekend, the junior varsity wrestlers will compete at the Lakota Nation Invitational in Rapid City on Saturday while the varsity team will compete at the two-day Hot Springs Invitational, beginning on Friday.
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