SIOUX FALLS – The Brookings Bobcats wrestling team improved their double-season record to 4-1 with victories over Sioux Falls Roosevelt and Yankton in a triangular held Monday inside the gymnasium of the Roosevelt High School.
The Bobcats beat Yankton, 53-15, then beat Hosts Riders, 63-12.
• Brookings 53, Yankton 15
At 106 pounds, Tate Helmbolt first put the Bobcats on the scoreboard, taking a fall victory over Patrick Gurney in the dying seconds of the first period, giving Brookings a 6-0 lead.
After a double forfeit to 113 pounds, Nolan Miles beat Collin Patrick by drop to 120 pounds, also recording the victory at the end of the first period.
At 126 pounds, Brookings’ Luke DeRynck opened his game with a putout to take the lead early on, but Yankton’s Dylan Sloan reversed DeRynck then registered a close drop 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 reduce Brookings’ lead to 12-3.
Yankton slipped to 12-9 after the Bucks ‘Will Pavlish scored a pin against the Bobcats’ Mason Mathis early in the third period.
Brookings’ Gabriel Stern won a technical win in the fall over Yankton’s Evan Nelson at 138 pounds to give the Bobcats a 17-9 lead. Stern beat Nelson, 17-0, with the game stopped with 1:08 left in the third period after the 15-point technology drop criteria were met.
The Bucks tallied six points for a 145-pound forfeit win, and after both teams opened at 152 pounds, Brookings maintained a slim 17-15 lead.
Yankton didn’t score any other team points for the remainder of the game, as the Bobcats had four pin wins and two forfeits.
At 160 pounds, Tyson Brandt only needed 37 seconds to stick Yankton’s Asa Swenson.
Jaxon Bowes picked up a victory in the fall at 170 pounds. Bowes would open up a 9-1 lead in the second period before ending the game with 52 seconds left in the period after forcing the Bucks’ Jackson Conway shoulders to the mat.
Israel Caldron did a quick job over Yankton’s Max Diedrichson, ending the game in just 40 seconds to give Brookings a 35-15 lead.
At 195 pounds, Caleb Loehr gave the Bobcats their fourth straight win in the fall, using just 53 seconds before Yankton’s Vaden Griel succumbed to Loehr.
Luke Rasmussen at 220 pounds and James Olson at 285 pounds each picked up forfeit wins, closing the game with a final score of 53-15.
• Brookings 63, Roosevelt 12
Eight matches were played before the duel, including a number of women’s matches that did not count in the team’s score.
Riley Weisbeck had two quick wins, pinning the Riders’ Brooklyn Chase in 20 seconds and Rachel Dagel in 31 seconds.
Cierra Strand also won both of her pinfall games, beating Allie Weber in 3:06 and Karla Gomez in 3:37.
Saige Hinricher won a fall victory over Ali Bissell in 43 seconds.
Bissell would also wrestle against Maya Erickson of Brookings, with Bissell taking a victory in the fall in 1:11.
The Bobcats ‘Dylan Reynolds clinched a victory dropping to 195 pounds in 35 seconds, and at the heavyweight, Brookings’ Braeden Stadler only needed a second less to stick Roosevelt’s Jackson Grasma.
The game-winning game between Roosevelt and Brookings started at 113 pounds where the Riders clinched a forfeit victory to go up 6-0.
At 120 pounds, Brookings’ Miles scored a pin late in the third period after posting a big lead over Roosevelt’s Devan Martinez. Miles opened up a 15-3 lead before finishing Martinez with 45 seconds left in the game to tie the duel at six.
DeRynck gave the Bobcats a 12-6 lead, pinning Roosevelt’s Zach Brummond in 1:21.
At 132 pounds, Mathis bowled three in a row for the ‘Cats with a 3:17 win over the Riders’ Braylon Kinzer.
Stern bowled four in a row, needing only 1:35 to deal with Roosevelt’s Evan Saeger and give Brookings a 24-6 lead.
The Bobcats were open at 145 pounds, giving Roosevelt their last six points of the game.
Both teams were open at 152 pounds, and Brandt and Bowes had forfeit wins at 160 and 170 pounds, respectively.
At 182 pounds, Caldron again did a quick job of his opponent, scoring a fall in just 21 seconds over the Riders Calvin Petrich gives Brookings a 42-12 lead.
Loehr got his second pin of the night at 195 pounds with a 42-second win over the Riders’ Anthony Nyemah.
At 220 pounds, Rasmussen only needed 31 seconds to press Roosevelt’s Logan Moore shoulders against the mat, giving the Bobcats a 54-12 lead.
After Olson claimed a heavyweight forfeit victory, Helmbolt clinched the final match win for Brookings in the lone game that lasted six minutes, winning a 6-3 decision over Roosevelt’s Graham Wilde and giving Brookings a double victory 63-12.
The Bobcats are on leave until Tuesday, Jan. 18, when they host the Pierre Governors for a senior night at Brookings High School. The match is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. with sub-varsity matches leading up to the varsity duel.