Wildcats wrestlers winners at Custer Quad

By Ron Burtz

Custer wrestler Jestyn Woodward works at pinning his opponent at the Custer Quad wrestling tournament in Edgemont Thursday. The Custer wrestlers won all three of their matches at the quadrangular.

The Custer Wildcat wrestling team continued its winning ways last Thursday, dominating Newcastle, Wyo., Bennett County and Newell at the Custer Quad Tournament in Edgemont. 

The Wildcats downed the Newcastle Dogies 57-18, whipped the Bennett County Warriors 55-15 and totally intimidated the Newell Irrigators by a team score of 67-0. 

“We got a good lineup in the lower weights and kind of started out with some hammers right away,” said assistant coach Skylair Jaure. “Overall, as a team we all wrestled very well. Bennett County is in our region so that was a big win for us.” 

Scoring for Custer against Bennett County were Logan Graff in the 106-pound weight class by fall in :36, Jacob Brunner at 113 by fall in :23, Jestyn Woodward at 120 by forfeit, Sam Jackson at 132 by forfeit, Irail Griffin at 145 by injury, Chance Grill at 152 by fall in 2:57, Levi Mines at 160 by 7-0 decision, Elijah Steele at 170 by fall in 1:10, Micaiah Grace at 182 by 19-5 major decision and Ty Dailey at 195 by forfeit.  

In the Newcastle dual Graf pinned Cael Holmes in just two seconds, Brunner won by fall in 1:37, Jestyn Woodward won by fall in 1:44, Cade Grill at 126 won by a 2-0 decision, Griffin pinned Gavin Durfee in 35-seconds and Chance Grill won over Skylar Jenkins by fall in 1:50.

Mines pinned Keyan Mefford in 1:17, Steele won in a forfeit, Grace pinned Bodey Lawler in 41 seconds and Jaret Woodward won the 195-pound class by forfeit. 

The victory over Newell was the most decisive according to Jaure because Newell only brought a handful of wrestlers to the meet. 

In that dual Graff, Brunner, Griffin, Jackson, Chance Grill, Grace, Jaret Woodward and Dailey all won their matches by forfeit. Jestyn Woodward won by fall over Patrick Hamling in 1:25, Mines beat Caleb McGregor by 11-2 major decision, Cade Grill won at 126 by 5-2 decision and Sterling Sword won at 138 won by forfeit. 

Over the weekend Custer coaches decided to split the team, taking eight wrestlers north for the Rapid City Invitational at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center and sending everyone else east to the Gregory Invitational. 

“Rapid City is a very high caliber tournament,” said Jaure, noting the tournament features 36 teams from four states and “multiple state champs in a couple of brackets.”  

“We took some of our more experienced kids that could handle that kind of atmosphere,” said Jaure. “It was really good for them and we all wrestled well. We brought eight wrestlers and we placed four.”

Overall, the Wildcats placed 14th with 71 points and Chance Grill made it to the finals. Grill took second in the 152-pound weight class and won 26 team points. Grace placed seventh at 170 with 13 team points; Jestyn Woodward, was eighth at 113 with eight team points and Graf placed sixth in the 106-pound weight class with 13 team points. 

“It was good to get our kids in that kind of atmosphere,” said Jaure. “State is going be there this year so we wanted to get them wrestling in a big atmosphere like that.” 

The wrestlers traveling to Gregory scored 32 points to place 11th out of 13 teams in the tourney which Jaure says, though small, is a tough one.  

“I wouldn’t call it a JV tournament by any means,” said Jaure. “We sent some of our younger kids there. They wrestled well.” 

Placing for the Wildcats in Gregory was Mikael Grace who took third in the 113-pound weight class and scored 18 team points. In his third-place match Grace won by fall over Tyrus Bietz of Bon Homme in 1:16. 

Jackson took sixth place in the 132-pound weight class and scored seven team points. 

On Thursday this week the Wildcats travel to the Belle Fourche Triangular where they will face the Broncs and Lead-Deadwood. Then it’s off to the Hot Springs Holiday Extravaganza, a two-day tournament on Friday and Saturday. 

“A lot of local teams go to that and we’ll see a couple of Nebraska and Wyoming teams also,” said Jaure.