Congratulations to the Titan Wrestlers!

Congratulations to Jesse Hastings on making the finals and both Thomas Baker and Hunter Pranger placing 7th for the team.  The trio lead the Titans to a 17th place team finish out of 45 teams that brought state qualifiers. It's another top 20 finish for the program.  MVPCS Wrestling is on the way back up with injured wrestlers returning next year and younger wrestlers stepping up.  We look forward to the off season tournaments where our wrestlers will compete at the national level.  


Hastings pinned his way to the finals where he met Kizer of Howard for a 3rd time this season and lost by decision.  Hastings only losses on the year are all from Kizer.  It's exciting to make the finals expecially at a combined State Tournament with a crowd of near 25,000 in attendance at the Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls.   Pranger and Baker weight classes if wrestled today would have different results.  Most matches between the placewinners at 138 and 160 were close and leads changed often.  The talent and depth at those 2 weights in the B's kept several ranked and higher seeded wrestlers off the podium.  Pranger and Baker both had 1st round pins followed by tough quarterfinal losses.  Pranger was leading Peters of Winner 6-2 nearing the end of the 2nd period before giving up 5 unanswered points and the lead to Peters 7-6 who cotinued to score and win the match by fall.  Peters went on to place 3rd and Pranger to the wrestlebacks.  The Baker match was 0-0 starting the 2nd period and Baker was riding out Scheidt of Canton until he fell victum to a headlock.  Scheidt made the finals and Baker to the wrestlebacks.  In the second round wrestlebacks following the quarterfinals both Pranger and Baker had major decisions and secured a place.  


The next morning Hastings semi-final pin secured him 2nd place.  Pranger who had 3 wins on the year against Nedved of Wagner but gave up a 3-2 lead and takedown with 30 seconds left in the match to loose 4-3 and nocked out of the 3rd or 5th place matches.  Baker also had a 5-3 lead with 28 seconds left in the 3rd period against Gessner of McCook Central/Monstrose when Baker was thrown to his back loosing 8-5 and also nocked out of the 3rd and 5th place matches.  Nedved went on to place 5th and Gessner 3rd respectively.  Both Pranger and Baker went on to end well and with a win each placing 7th.  


Everyone needs to watch their matches on and evaluate how to stay in better position, improve technique, and avoid mistakes.  The sport is mostly mental and having a tough attitude and can turn a match around.  We have to work on ups and downs in a match and finish more of our moves (mat awaremess) which will lead to more wins.  We have to avoid slumps in the season and welcome the grind.  We will figure this out in the offseason and be sure to find tough matches to practice our resolve.  


SDHSAA State Championships Results for Mt. Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney (17th).


B-138 Hunter Pranger (39-14) placed 7th and scored 8.00 team points.  Champ. Round 1 - Hunter Pranger (MVPCS) won by fall over Chance Grill (Custer/Edgemont) 36-7 (Fall 1:32),  Quarterfinal - Trevor Peters (Winner) 45-10 over Hunter Pranger (MVPCS) (Fall 5:59),  Cons. Round 2 - Hunter Pranger (MVPCS) won by major decision over Jacobi Krouse (McCook Central/Montrose) 42-23 (MD 12-1),  Cons. Round 3 - Preston Nedved (Wagner) 30-21 won by decision over Hunter Pranger (MVPCS) (Dec 4-3),  7th Place Match - Hunter Pranger (MVPCS) won by decision over Grant Plucker (Parker) 37-8 (Dec 3-2)


B-160 Thomas Baker (42-12) placed 7th and scored 8.00 team points.  Champ. Round 1 - Thomas Baker (MVPCS) won by fall over Stone Durham (St. Thomas More) 39-13 (Fall 0:32),  Quarterfinal - Shaeden Scheidt (Canton) 35-7 won by fall over Thomas Baker (MVPCS) (Fall 3:07),  Cons. Round 2 - Thomas Baker (MVPCS) won by major decision over Micaiah Grace (Custer/Edgemont) 38-13 (MD 9-1),  Cons. Round 3 - Blake Gessner (McCook Central/Montrose) 50-5 won by decision over Thomas Baker (MVPCS) (Dec 8-5),  7th Place Match - Thomas Baker (MVPCS) won by decision over Landon Werdel (Clark/Willow Lake) 36-18 (Dec 1-0)


B-220 Jesse Hastings (22-3) placed 2nd and scored 24.00 team points.  Champ. Round 1 - Jesse Hastings (MVPCS) won by fall over Elijah Blare (Winner) 29-22 (Fall 2:21),  Quarterfinal - Jesse Hastings (MVPCS) won by fall over Tristen Bent (Webster) 24-21 (Fall 3:47),  Semifinal - Jesse Hastings (MVPCS) won by fall over Kaeden Metz (Sisseton) 28-10 (Fall 1:47),  1st Place Match - Evan Kizer (Howard) 39-4 won by decision over Jesse Hastings (MVPCS) (Dec 9-2)


Class B Team Scores (Top 20): 1 Canton 165.0, 2 Winner 111.5, 3 Howard 100.0, 4 Philip 96.5, 5 Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon 84.5, 6 Clark/Willow Lake 83.0, 7 Mobridge-Pollock 78.0, 8 McCook Central/Montrose 75.0, 9 Redfield 68.0, 10 Wagner 65.0, 11 Parkston 60.0, 12 Burke/Gregory 50.0, 13 Faulkton Area 47.5, 14 Kimball/White Lake/Platte-Geddes 47.0, 15 Webster 45.0, 16 Elk Point/Jefferson 42.5, 17 Mt. Vernon/Plankinton/Corsica-Stickney 40.0, 18 Garretson 37.0, 19 Miller/Highmore-Harrold 36.0, 20 Sisseton 33.0


Both the A and B Tournaments were ran in the same facility with 8 mats for the first 3 rounds.  Seating was at a preimum on the lower level for reserved ticket holders.  For the last rounds the general admission belconies were mostly full.  The plan is for the tournament to be combined again and in Rapid City next year and will most likely stay combined for years to come alternating between the PREMIER Center and Rapid City's Civic Center.  A and B wrestlers often travel and wrestle on combined off-season events and being able to watch local Chamberlain, Mitchell and Huron Class A teams wrestle makes the SDHSAA Wrestling Tournament worth the price of admission!  Please consider attending and resering your ticket early next January 2019! 


Submitted by Tim Pranger?

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