Top Performer: Wyatt Jungclaus

RAPID CITY, S.D. – After capturing a state title last year, Rapid City Central senior Wyatt Jungclaus has his sights set on wrapping up his high school wrestling career with a second state title this weekend.

Ranked No. 1 in the state at 170 pounds, Rapid City Central wrestler Wyatt Jungclaus has been on a tear all season.

Jungclaus is 52-4 this year and recently captured an individual title at the Region 4A tournament.

“Everybody that he wrestles, they’re coming after the state champ,” Rapid City Central wrestling coach Lance Pearson said. “Anybody who’s won a state title, they know what that’s like. That next year when you step back on the mat, everybody is bringing their best stuff for your matches. So this year, he’s had to find some different things. He’s really become even a better wrestler this year than we were last year.”

With one state title already to his credit, Jungclaus is heading back to the State ‘A Wrestling Tournament knowing what it takes to stand on top of the podium on Saturday evening.

“I enjoy wrestling in South Dakota more than out of state,” Wyatt Jungclaus said. “People have a tendency to wrestle me different in state than out of state and they kind of attacking more and want more points against me and stuff like that.”

“There’s something to be said about once you win that first state title,” Lance Pearson said. “It gives you a confidence that you just can’t get anywhere else and he’s really shown that this year.”

An athletic wrestler with plenty of experience, Jungclaus can usually be found on the attack when he’s competing on the mat.

“I usually like to use the cross face cradle on people because I have long arms,” Jungclaus said.

While Jungclaus competes in both football and track and field, wrestling has always been a big part of his life.

“I started when AAU was going in like six and under, seven and eight,” Jungclaus said. “But I didn’t start winning matches until my eighth grade year. Seventh and eighth grade year I started winning matches. Then it just took off from there.”

Jungclaus, who’s the number one seed in the 170 pound weight class at the State ‘A’ Wrestling Tournament, will take on Justin Walz from Tea Area during the opening round on Thursday.

“I think it would be more than amazing to get another state title and just being the next people in line a two-time state title,” Jungclaus said. “Then being one of the first people ever in the 170 pound weight class to get one from Central.”

After high school, wrestling will take a back seat for Jungclaus as he plans to focus on a career in aviation.

Congratulations to Wyatt Jungclaus for being named a NewsCenter1 Top Performer.

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