SIOUX FALLS – The Brookings Bobcats’ wrestling team improved their season dual record to 4-1 with wins over Sioux Falls Roosevelt and Yankton as part of a triangular held Monday inside the Roosevelt High School gym.
The Bobcats defeated Yankton, 53-15, then trounced the host Riders, 63-12.
• Brookings 53, Yankton 15
At 106 pounds, Tate Helmbolt got the Bobcats on the scoreboard first, picking up a win by fall over Patrick Gurney in the latter seconds of the first period, giving Brookings a 6-0 lead.
After a double-forfeit at 113 pounds, Nolan Miles defeated Collin Patrick by fall at 120 pounds, also recording the win late in the opening period.
At 126 pounds, Brookings’ Luke DeRynck opened his match with a takedown to grab the early advantage, but Yankton’s Dylan Sloan reversed DeRynck then recorded a nearfall to go up 4-2 after a period.
Sloan’s advantage grew to 7-2 after two periods, with the Buck posting a 10-4 win to cut the Brookings lead to 12-3.
Yankton crept to within 12-9 after the Bucks’ Will Pavlish scored a pin of the Bobcats’ Mason Mathis early in the third period.
Brookings’ Gabriel Stern scored a technical fall win over Yankton’s Evan Nelson at 138 pounds to put the Bobcats up 17-9. Stern defeated Nelson, 17-0, with the match being stopped with 1:08 remaining in the third period after the 15-point lead tech fall criteria had been met.
The Bucks picked up six points for a win by forfeit at 145 pounds, and after both teams were open at 152 pounds, Brookings maintained a slim 17-15 lead.
Yankton would not score another team point the rest of the dual as the Bobcats earned four wins via pin as well as two forfeits.
At 160 pounds, Tyson Brandt needed just 37 seconds to stick Yankton’s Asa Swenson.
Jaxon Bowes earned a win by fall at 170 pounds. Bowes would open up a 9-1 lead in the second period before ending the match with 52 seconds left in the period after forcing the Bucks’ Jackson Conway’s shoulders to the mat.
Israel Caldron made quick work of Yankton’s Max Diedrichson, putting a close to the match in just 40 seconds to put Brookings up 35-15.
At 195 pounds, Caleb Loehr gave the Bobcats their fourth straight win by fall, using only 53 seconds before Yankton’s Vaden Griel succumbed to Loehr.
Luke Rasmussen at 220 pounds and James Olson at 285 pounds each earned wins by forfeit, closing the match with a final score of 53-15.
• Brookings 63, Roosevelt 12
Eight matches were contested before the dual, including a number of girls’ matches which did not count toward the team score.
Riley Weisbeck earned two wins in quick fashion, pinning the Riders’ Brooklyn Chase in 20 seconds, and Rachel Dagel in 31 seconds.
Cierra Strand also won both her matches by pinfall, beating Allie Weber in 3:06, and Karla Gomez in 3:37.
Saige Hinricher picked up a win by fall over Ali Bissell in 43 seconds.
Bissell would also wrestle Brookings’ Maya Erickson, with Bissell picking up a win by fall in 1:11.
The Bobcats’ Dylan Reynolds earned a win by fall at 195 pounds in 35 seconds, and at heavyweight, Brookings’ Braeden Stadler needed just one second less to stick Roosevelt’s Jackson Grasma.
The scoring portion of the dual between Roosevelt and Brookings started at 113 pounds where the Riders received a forfeit win to go up 6-0.
At 120 pounds, Brookings’ Miles scored a pin late in the third period after posting a big lead against Roosevelt’s Devan Martinez. Miles opened up a 15-3 lead before finishing off Martinez with 45 seconds left in the match to tie the dual at six.
DeRynck gave the Bobcats a 12-6 lead, pinning Roosevelt’s Zach Brummond in 1:21.
At 132 pounds, Mathis made it three straight pins for the ‘Cats with a win 3:17 into the match against the Riders’ Braylon Kinzer.
Stern made it four straight pins, needing just 1:35 to take care of Roosevelt’s Evan Saeger and give Brookings a 24-6 lead.
The Bobcats were open at 145 pounds, giving Roosevelt their final six points of the match.
Both teams were open at 152 pounds, and both Brandt and Bowes picked up forfeit wins at 160 and 170 pounds, respectively.
At 182 pounds, Caldron again made quick work of his opponent, scoring a fall in a mere 21 seconds over the Riders’ Calvin Petrich to put Brookings up 42-12.
Loehr secured his second pin of the night at 195 pounds with a 42 second win over the Riders’ Anthony Nyemah.
At 220 pounds, Rasmussen needed only 31 seconds to press Roosevelt’s Logan Moore’s shoulders to the mat, giving the Bobcats a 54-12 lead.
After Olson received a forfeit win at heavyweight, Helmbolt picked up the final win of the match for Brookings in the only match that went the full six minutes, earning a 6-3 decision over Roosevelt’s Graham Wilde and giving Brookings a 63-12 dual win.
The Bobcats are off until Tuesday, Jan. 18 when they host the Pierre Governors for senior night at Brookings High School. The match is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start with sub-varsity matches preceding the varsity dual.