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Presler opens season with title win
Lynx wrestlers take second at Rider Invite
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

December 12. 2013 10:09AM
Brandon Valley’s Adam Presler opened his senior season a champion.

The Lynx 138-pounder went unscathed Saturday at the Rider Invitational to capture his weight class title. That placing and a solid first round by the Lynx roster lifted the team to a second place finish behind the tournament hosts, the Roosevelt Rough Riders.

“It was a good start to the season,” said Lynx head coach Kraig Presler. “We were at a point after three weeks of practice where we needed to see our guys compete against outside competition.”

What Coach Presler saw is there are several technical areas the team needs to improve upon.

“But the effort was there,” he said. “It was great to see us earn a top-five finish at every weight class contested.”

Another bright point of the tourney was every Lynx wrestler who competed Saturday won at least one match.

Coming off the first round, the Lynx were positioned in first place, but by the final round they saw that ranking drop to number two.

“Although the final round was a rough round for us, the day as a whole was a good start to what can be a great season,” the coach summed up.

En route to his title win, Presler opened the day by pinning Vermillion’s Noah Walker in 1:40. He then went on a 10-2 tirade to earn a major decision win against West Central’s Jake Anderson. The championship match against Lincoln’s Skyler Castillegia, however, proved to be more of a contest for Presler, who squeaked out a 3-1 win by decision in overtime.

Five other Lynx wrestlers were also in position to win their respective weight classes. At 126 pounds, Connor Rowbotham won his first two matches to set the stage for a match with Roosevelt’s Troy Kiggins, who posted a win by technical fall (16-0). In the 132-pound slot, Jackson Pletten also fell to a Roosevelt Rider. He lost a 13-3 major decision to Roosevelt’s Brock Kortan.

Wyatt Winter’s second place finish in the 160-pound division came at the hands of Vermillion’s Brett Bye. The Tanager won by a 3-1 decision. After posting wins by decision and pin, Brandon Valley’s Andrew Sorensen (195) battled Washington’s Dan Marlette to an 8-5 decision in the title match. Finally, Lynx heavyweight, senior Erik Ode, was pinned by Washington’s Chris Vroman in 2:26 in that championship match.
Roosevelt had six individual champs, which fueled its first place team finish.
Washington and Vermillion each had three champs, while Brandon Valley and Tea Area both had one.

The Lynx hit the road Friday for a quadrangular at Vermillion. In addition to the Tanagers, Brandon Valley will wrestle Dakota Valley and Yankton, with action starting at 5:30 p.m.
Team scores: Roosevelt 245.5; Brandon Valley 195; Washington 182; Vermillion 179; West Central 131; Unattached 82; O’Gorman 64; Lincoln 48; Tea Area 46.

Lynx results
106: Dawson Kremlacek (BV) md. Tigh Hight (O’G) 9-0; Tre Hage (Ver) dec. Kremlacek 5-4 OT; Kremlacek md. Clayton Hanisch (WC) 9-1; Third place match: Kremlacek p. Josh Vortherms (SFR) 1:29. 113: Matt Eigenberg (BV) p. Cougar Trotta (Unatt.) 1:11; Jacob Husby (Ver) p. Eigenberg 3:02; Eigenberg wins by forfeit; Third place: C. Trotta dec. Eigenberg 8-4. 120: Kyle Seibel (ver) p. Chase Small (BV) 2:56; Austin Ideker (WC) md. Small 13-1; Fifth place: Small p. Kobe Kortan 3:55. 126: Connor Rowbotham (BV) md. Rashaan Sykes (Tea) 9-1; Rowbotham dec. Chase O’Connor (SFW) 4-3; Championship: Troy Kiggins (SFR) tf. Rowbotham 16-0. 132: Jackson Pletten (BV) p. Michael Karn (Tea) 1:45; Pletten dec. Tayt Boeckholt (WC) 5-4; Championship: Brock Kortan (SFR) md. Pletten 13-3. 138: Adam Presler (BV) p. Noah Walker (Ver) 1:40; Presler md. Jake Anderson (WC) 10-2; Championship: Presler dec. Skyler Castillegia (SFL) 3-1 OT. 145: Tanner Fredrich (Tea) p. Connor Smith (BV) 3:10; Smith dec. Luke Jamison (SFL) 10-3; Chayden Fitzsimmons (SFW) 10-6; Fifth place: Josh Mettler (WC) md. Smith 8-0. 152: Zach Determan (SFR) p. Mitch Selken (BV) 3:52; Dylan Bludorn (BV/unatt.) dec. Selken 10-8. 152: Zach Freese (SFW) dec. Dylan Bludorn (BV/unatt.) 3:52; Bludorn def. Mitchell Selken (BV) 10-8; Bludorn wins by forfeit; Third place: Freese dec. Bludorn 3-2. 160: Wyatt Winter (BV) p. Payton Sudenga (SFL) 1:00; Winter dec. Luke Reiter (SFW) 5-3; Championship: Brett Bye (Ver) dec. Winter 3-1. 160: Brett Bye (Ver) p. Keith Schreurs (BV/unatt.) 1:56; Schreurs p. Jonah Rechtenbaugh (WC) 1:37; Luke Reiter (SFW) p. Schreurs 1:56; Fifth place: Jeremiah Maka (tea) dec. Schreurs 7-2. 170: Spencer Heidbrink (BV) p. Brendan Jensen (WC) 3:41; Francis Boehmer (SFR) p. Heidbrink 1:25; Heidbrink p. Lincoln Ode (BV/unatt.) 2:34; Third place: Brandon Hertz (Ver) dec. Heidbrink 5-0. 170: Dorian Simpson (SFW) p. Lincoln Ode (BV/unatt.) 3:03; Ode wins by forfeit; Spencer Heidbrink (BV) p. Ode 2:34; Fifth place: Ode dec. Gage Hillberg (O’G) 9-7. 189: Eric Eigenberg (BV) p. David Mulba (SFR) 1:58; Alex Osborne (Ver) p. Eigenberg 2:49; Eigenberg wins by forfeit; Third place: Mulba p. Eigenberg 1:59. 195: Andrew Sorensen (BV) dec. Brandon Burkhart (SFW) 6-3; Sorensen p. Edgar Jimenez (SFR) 1:27; Championship: Dan Marlette (SFW) dec. Sorensen 8-5. 220: Clayton Ebright (BV) wins by forfeit; Trey Crisp (SFW) p. Ebright 1:56; Ebright p. Zech Westergaard (Ver) 1:49; Third place: Chase Morrin (SFR) p. Ebright 1:48. 285: Erik Ode (BV) p. Hunter Hanley (WC/unatt.) 3:43; Ode dec. Layne Krier (WC) 3-2; Championship: Chris Vroman (SFW) p. Ode 2:26.

Adam Presler (138) major decisioned West Central's Jake Anderson in the second round of the Roosevelt Invitational. Presler went on to win the 138-pound weight class. Photo by Jill Meier

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