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We will be at both state tournaments this weekend and providing cover both in the Rapid City Journal and online with more stories, photos and videos
I am looking forward to covering the A tournament. I really think it will be the closest one in the four years I have been covering S.D. wrestling.
The West River Class B teams look to have several individuals that could contend for individual state titles.
As far as points I expect it to be very close -- 10 points or less. As far as how the A's will finish. I am going with 1. Pierre, 2. Central, 3. Sturgis, 4. Huron, 5. Stevens
I think Pierre's ability to score points on the backside of the bracket is going to be tough to overcome.
However, my West River pride hopes I am wrong.
South Dakota is not the only state that doesn't seed. Iowa is the same.
I can't lie. I was very disappointed when I saw the bracket come out and Amo and Havlik are on the same side of the bracket. I think a majority of wrestling fans believe the semifinals will be for the state title.
This is one of the matchups I was hoping for a championship final. If we want wrestling to grow in poularity, I believe the best matchups need to happen in the finals. Those are remembered long after semis.
They dont seed so this past weekend you had a semi or quarterfinal between two nationally ranked kids.
I had a chance to talk to both Jake and Cody. Really like both of those guys. Class acts. I made up my mind that I would pick the loser of the last matchup as the state champ using the underdog theory.
It sure could because some kids could score more, but I still believe the quality kids will earn points in the wrestlebacks adn minimize the impact.
You are correct and I realize it is just the way it is. So we just have to enjoy the matches when they come up. In wrestling we all know nothing is for sure anyway.
And this is what the casual fan sees on TV.
Good question. I like 138 the most not because Cain Glanzer is going to be upset, but just look at the talented wrestlers below him. Hieb, Fichter, Montieth, Neugebauer, Stone. That is a lot of talent to get through.
I also think at 120 will be fun to watch
. I would take Morgan Engbrecht all day, but again Josh Puppe, Tanner Monfore and Lakin Neugebauer are all very good wrestlers who will test the Scooper senior if they meet up.
I believe I picked Potratz, but he has both Keys and Pifeifle on his side with Jorensen waiting for him on the other so I could see an upset.
Yeah, they lose some very good seniors, but yes they are so young, especially in the heavy weights that they will be a force to deal with next season.
Couldn't agree more. In fact, I talked to both of them yesterday and will have a story in Tuesdays paper. I think Gress is as confident as he as ever been, and Baier wants a title to get one more than his dad. Should be fun.
Very tough. I have not seen Burghardt, but I thik Kiggins will be on his game. I am going with the winner of Kiggins-Moser in the semis winning state.
I coudl see Pfeiffle winning it all, and don't count out either Garrett Peterson or Evan Weiler. I realize not to under the radar there.
I believe 13 is the most anyone got through.
It is in the rotation, but I know that with the Ice Arena being added to the Civic Center I would love to have both of them here in Rapid City as often as possible.
No doubt. I think it holds to form with 1 vs. 2 and ending with Rotert and Jensen squaring off again.
I would be right behind you.
Well thanks to everyone that took part. I am looking forward to this weekend should be a lot of fun at both tournaments. Come back to the Journal for all the coverage in the paper and online.