Area wrestlers ready to compete in Region 4A Tournament
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City Stevens knows that winning another region wrestling title on Saturday won’t be easy.
But the Raiders are ready for the challenge.
The Region 4A Wrestling Tournament is set to kick off on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. in Sturgis.
Last year, the Stevens Raiders edged Rapid City Central by just 9.5 points to win their third region championship in four years.
The Raiders enter the region tournament with six wrestlers ranked in the top five including three number one wrestlers.
They include Darien Malone at 126 pounds, Declan Malone at 138 and state defending champion Cooper Voorhees at 160 pounds.
Stevens head coach Travis King feels his team can once again qualify several wrestlers into the state tournament.
“There’s always some of those matches that are pivotal coin flip type seeds and so forth,” Stevens wrestling coach Travis King said. “But two years ago we were able to qualify all 14 athletes. Last year, we were 13. So we’re hoping to get a teen number again. That would really be good for our kids and give us a better shot going forward to the weekend to follow.”
Meanwhile, Rapid City Central is feeling confident heading into the Region 4A Wrestling Tournament.
The Cobblers were hit hard by injuries this season.
But the team is fairly healthy now and looking to win its first region championship since 2015.
Central has seven wrestlers competing on Saturday that are ranked in the top six, led by state defending champion Wyatt Jungclaus at 170 pounds.
The other Central wrestlers looking to place at the region tournament include Cael Larson, Zack Soderlin, Kadyn Kraye, TJ Morrison, Brayden Burrus and Landin Winter.
“From about 120 through 170 starting with Cael at 120 and up through Wyatt at 170, that’s where the majority of our experience and our guys that have had a lot of success in the past,” Central wrestling coach Lance Pearson said. “That’s right where they’re at. You go down below that and we’re going to have either an eighth grader or a freshman competing at 106. After 170, you go up top there and we’re young or really inexperienced so.”