By Rich Winter
Monstrous National high-school wrestling tournament kicking off this morning in Fargo, North Dakota as wrestlers from across the country descend to the Fargo Dome. For the next three days 25 of South Dakota's best will line up for the tourney of all tourneys.
How big? Check out the mats that encompass the entire floor of the Fargo Dome. (5118 wrestlers will compete)
The National wrestling tournament began this morning with the Freestyle portion of the competition. Over the next three days wrestlers from across the country will battle it out for THEE bragging rights and of course potential college scholarships.
Then, after the freestyle comes another three days of grappling, this time in the form of the Greco-Roman competition.
Here is a look at Team South Dakota's roster: (If a wrestler is listed just once he/or she will be competing in both freestyle and Greco-Roman.
106 - Murphy Menke, LOG
113 - Billy Sullivan, LOG
120 - Kaden Keiser, Winner
126 - Braden Sehr, Canton
126 - Colin Powell, Chamberlain
132 - Wyatt Turnquist, Hammill (Winner Area)
132 - Keaton Bissonnette, Hot Springs
138 - Lucan Anglin, Vermillion
145 - Caden Moore, LOG
145 - Carlos Ruffo, Yankton
152 - Tah Jae Jenkins-Harris, Huron
152 - Sam Kruger (Winner Area)
152 - Garhett Gibson, LOG
160 - Cooper Voorhees, Rapid City
170 - Shaeden Scheidt, Canton
170 - Owen Warren, Yankton
182 - Caleb Orris, Clark
285 - Nash Hutmacher, Chamberlain
W (132) - Alisha Van Scoy (Box Elder)
The 25 wrestlers representing Team South Dakota is a large contingent as the 2017 team had just 12 athletes go to Fargo.
Chamberlain's Hutmacher looking for National Title in the Jr. Division...
A year ago at this same meet, Hutmacher won a national title, albeit in the Cadet Division (15 & 16). This year he's moved up to the Jr. Division. Hutmacher is currently the No. 2 ranked 285-pouder in the nation. He'll be wrestling both Freestyle and Greco-Roman at Nationals
Good luck to team South Dakota...couple random shots of athletes participating from SD.