’Cats win triangular, take fourth in Belle

By Jacy Glazier

Riley Waite gets Douglas’ John Updike in a head lock during Thursday evening’s triangular match. Waite is an eighth grader on the Custer High School wrestling team.

The Custer-Edgemont High School wrestling team competed in the Belle Fourche Invitational Tournament last weekend and the Douglas Triangular last Thursday with the Wildcats placing fourth at Belle Fourche and winning both matches against Douglas and Chadron, Neb., at the triangular.

Custer placed fourth with 149 points behind Rapid City Stevens, Sturgis and Dickinson in Belle Fourche.

“This was a good, tough tournament where we were back to competing against big teams and I was very impressed with how the boys did,” said coach Jared Webster.

Jestyn Woodward took sixth place in the 106-pound weight class while managing to score 13 points for the Wildcats while Wyatt Dooley scored two points.

Brennan Hanes placed fourth and scored 15 points in the 132-pound class and Chance Grill placed second and scored 25 points in the 138-pound class while Irail Griffin placed eighth.

Both Mines brothers placed in their weight categories with Eli placing sixth with 13 team points in the 145-pound class and Levi placing second and scoring 23 points in the 152-pound class.

Micaiah Grace placed second in the 160-pound weight class and scored 24 points for the Wildcats, Jarret Woodward placed fourth in the 170-pound class with 18 points and Blake Kainz placed fourth in the 182-pound class with 16 points.

In the triangular with Douglas and Chadron the Wildcats won in both matches beating Douglas 51-30 and Chadron 43 to 21.

In the match against Douglas, the Wildcats had nine kids win their matches.

Jestyn Woodward won his match against Payton DeWitt in the 106-pound weight class with an 8-3 decision and scored three points. Hanes won over Sal Centore in the 132-pound class with a 23 second fall and scored six points. Grill and both Mines brothers also won in their weight classes and scored a combined 18 points for the Wildcats.

In the match against Chadron the Wildcats once again won nine matches.

Jacob Brunner won over Paige Denke in the 106-pound class scored four points, Jestyn Woodward won over Herny Bien with a 1:27 fall and scored six points and Dooley won in the 120-pound class with six points.

Hanes won over Daniel Wllnitz with a 9-2 decision in the 132-pound class and scored three points, Grill won over Sawyer Haag in the 138-pound class, Levi Mines won against Ozzy Fernau in the 160-pound class and scored six points while Grace won his match at 170 pounds with a 7-4 decision and scored three points for the Wildcats.

Jarret Woodward and Kainz also won in their weight categories and scored a combined 10 points for the team.

The Wildcats will compete in the Hill City Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 3, and Webster said this will be the boys last really hard week as the postseason approaches.

“I am hopeful that we are close to not quite peaking, but almost there. We need more constant wrestling and I think we will get there.”