The Aberdeen Central wrestling team came out on the bonus side in extra points and ended up on the winning side in the dual.
On the strength of three pins, a forfeit and a major decision, Aberdeen topped Brandon Valley 34-24 on Saturday in an Eastern South Dakota Conference high school dual at Golden Eagles Arena.
Central scored 13 extra points (more than the three points for a regular decision) in the match to just three bonus points for Brandon Valley, which recorded no pins, a major decision and one technical fall.
“We got some pins,” said Central coach Rocky Burkett. “That’s going to be big for us all year to score some bonus points. We’re lucky we’ve got some pinners on the team and that makes it easy.”
The pins were scattered throughout the lineup. Seth Moore started the Golden Eagles pin parade at 113 pounds. He led Chase Small 10-2 after two periods. Small escaped to open the third period, but Moore got a takedown and worked it into a pin at the four-minute, 59-second mark.
Griffin Hieb, improved his record to 18-1 on the season, with a first-period pin at 138 pounds. He scored on a takedown and three near fall points before the pin at 1:16 over Braiden Smith.
“We got bonus points when we needed to,” Hieb said. “We lost a couple of close ones that we probably shouldn’t have, but it didn’t affect the outcome of the dual.”
Hieb’s pin started a Golden Eagle run of wins in four straight matches. Once again, Aberdeen trailed in team points during the lighter weight classes. Zach Russman, who was filling in for an injured Mitchell Johnson, followed Hieb with a 6-1 win at 145 pounds. Russman used a takedown and three near fall points to take an early lead. Russman’s win gave the Golden Eagles their final lead of the match at 15-13.
John Frisco kept the win streak alive with an 8-2 win at 152 pounds, and Zach Melcher added a 14-0 major decision at 160 pounds. Melcher scored six points in the second period to take control.
“Zach Melcher had a tough loss on Thursday, losing in double overtime, but he came out and had a really good match tonight. John Frisco had a really good match. Zach Russman stepped in for Mitch and got a nice win,” Burkett said.
Aberdeen’s third and final pin came at 182 pounds when Cole Carlson put Gabe Langner on his back at the 2:52 mark. Central won six of the last nine matches in the dual. The final points came at 220 pounds when Sam Schaunaman won by forfeit to boost the lead to 34-21 with one match remaining.
Central had its first home match of the season on Thursday, a win over Brookings, and improved to 2-1 in ESD competition with Saturday’s home win.
“The two home wins are pretty cool,” said Hieb. “We took a loss at Pierre going into the Christmas break but other than that I think we can go undefeated the rest of the season.”
The Golden Eagles seemed to have more energy on the mat against Brandon Valley than in the Brookings contest.
“I think they just got themselves so psyched up the last match and the first home match and just came out and were kind of flat,” said Burkett. “They had a lot better energy tonight (Saturday) and wrestled the whole six minutes.”
Aberdeen stays with ESD competition as the Golden Eagles will wrestle at Watertown at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
|Aberdeen Central 34|
|Brandon Valley 24|
106, Dawson Kremlacek, BV, def. Josh Moore, 5-4; 113, Seth Moore, AC, pinned Chase Small, 4:59; 120, Jackson Pletten, BV, def. Trevor Hieb, 8-1; 126, Adam Presler, BV, def. Collin Haar, 12-4; 132, Dylan Bludorn, BV, def. Bradley Nelson, 8-5;