Area grapplers compete at 2024 Al Wolf Invitational


ABERDEEN — Numerous Heartland-area wrestlers were busy this past weekend, at the Al Wolf Invitational in Aberdeen.

The Canton boys’ team took the team title at the Al Wolf Invitational at Aberdeen High School, while the Pierre girls’ edged Canton for the top spot in the girls’ division.

Canton rolled up 248.5 team points in the boys’ portion of the tournament, while host Aberdeen Central had 237.5. Watertown was a distant third with 164.5.

Heartland teams’ final scores found Miller/Highmore-Harrold in fifth with 135 points, while garnered 77 points for eighth-place. Wessington Springs/Woonsocket/Wolsey-Wessington was one place back with 67 points and Clark/Willow Lake had 65.5, good for 10 place in the tournament.


Moses Gross at 150 pounds had the top Tiger finish on the day, as he took second place after dropping the title match to Ayson Rice of Canton by pin-fall in 331. Other Huron finishes found Bryan Ramirez taking fourth at 215, Crayton Siedschlag was 5th at 120 and Lah Doh Soe took seventh at 138. Dah Moo finished eighth at 190.

Kellan Hurd won the 138 pound title at the tournament, decisioning Haeden Jorgenson of Webster Area 7-4, while teammate Talon Ping suffered a 14-4 major decision defeat to Gage Lohr of Watertown in the 120 pound division. Teagan Forman was third at 144, Colby Kolda was fourth at 162, Colby Harrell took fifth at 190, Jordan Schafer was 8th at 132 and Jaymin VanDerWerff was 7th at 113.

The WS/W/W-W team was paced by a trio of third-place finishes. Jacksen Carter was third at 113 and Kaydin Carter earned third at 120. Holden Havlik finished third at 215 and Ethan Rearick finished fourth at 144.

Clark/Willow Lake
C/WL got three runner-up finishes at the Al Wolf, as Landon Walker of Canton major decisioned Cooper Pommer of C/WL 12-3 at 113, then Elias Biegler of Aberdeen Central held on for a 4-2 decision over Elliot Bratland, at 165. At 175, Kennan Sheridan of O’Gorman pinned Josh Kannegieter in 3:24.


Pierre had 231 points to win the girls’ division, six points ahead of Canton, with Aberdeen Central in third with 177. Locally, Huron’s girls’ earned an eighth-place finish with 48 points, while M/H-H was 14th with 25 and C/WL had 24 points to tie for 15th.

Huron’s girls saw Kayeleigh Bowden finish fourth at 138, while teammate Chalie Sah was fifth at 107. Haw Htoo Ywe was eighth at 100 pounds.

Miller/Highmore-Harrold got a fifth-place finish from Gabby Werdel at 132 and an eighth from Mohrgan Werdel at 126.

Wessington Springs/Woonsocket/Wolsey-Wessington’s Bailey Yost was sixth at 114.

Dani Batchelor of Clark/Willow Lake lost by pin to Sydney Uhrig of Pierre, in 1:36.