Five K-T-R wrestlers heading to State B
Posted 2/17/11 (Thu)
Ready for Class B State mat action . . . K-T-R wrestlers who
qualified for the state meet at Saturday's regional tournament
include (l-r) Coach Dennis Kaatz, Kyle Helmers, Riese Dignan,
Braden Overson, Tanner Egeberg, Rhett Wolter,
Coach Lars Christensen and Coach Jeff Williams.
By Caroline Downs
The Kenmare-Tioga-Ray wrestling squad will continue to have a presence at the Class B state wrestling tournament, with five grapplers qualifying during the Region 3 Individual Tournament held at Rugby on Saturday. The K-T-R team finished in 8th place with 88.5 points.
At 103 lbs., Tanner Egeberg earned third place after pinning Aaron Sandy of Bishop Ryan in 1:47. Egeberg (11-7), an eighth grader, will make his first appearance on the state mat, starting the meet against No. 1 seeded Hunter Eslinger (30-7) of Beulah.
Freshman Riese Dignan qualified in third place at 112 lbs. with a 7-4 decision over Layton Erickson of Des Lacs-Burlington. Dignan makes his first trip to state with a 9-8 record and will open against No. 7 seeded Colton Neumiller (21-13) of New Salem.
Senior Kyle Helmers qualified at 130 lbs. with a third place finish. He pinned Steven Jurick of Bishop Ryan in 2:17. Helmers, at 14-6 for the season, opens his first state tournament against No. 3 seeded Adam Dullea (25-8) of Central Cass.
Rhett Wolter will return to the state tournament after finishing fourth at 135 lbs. on Saturday. He lost his final match by default because of injury to Chandler Meiers of Stanley. Wolter (17-10), a sophomore, will begin his third state meet with a match against No. 7 seeded Michael Wolf (26-13) of South Border.
Senior Braden Overson will see action on the state mat at 140 lbs. after placing third by pinning Keenan Browne of DLB in 1:54. Overson (14-8) returns for the third time to the state event and will open against No. 3 Hunter Mairs (34-7) of Lisbon.
Three other K-T-R wrestlers placed in the Region 3 Tournament, including eighth grader Xavier Maureaux in 5th place at 119 lbs., junior Jeremiah McDonald in 6th place at 145 lbs., and junior Riley Syverson in 5th place at 160 lbs.
The Class B state wrestling tournament will take place February 17-19 at the Fargodome in Fargo.