Campbell's pin is lone win in Cowboy loss

Custer County District High School freshman wrestler Kaid Campbell was the lone Cowboy to win a varsity match versus Sidney on Tuesday night as the Cowboys fell 6-54 to the Eagles.

“We’re just young and inexperienced,” said Cowboy head coach Jon Harris. “We need to work on building our body awareness so we can put two or three moves together.”

Campbell, wrestling at 132 pounds, worked Sidney freshman Ashton Swenson for the pin at 1:03 in the first period. 

Kon Speelmon, a 145-pound junior and the only other Cowboy who wasn’t pinned in the dual, was outscored 14-1 by junior Jace Johnson.

Cowboy freshman Braxton Scheeler, 103 pounds, led Kaiden Cline 5-1 after the first period. Neither grappler managed a point in the second, but at 1:31 in the third Cline took control and got Scheeler on the fall. 

At 120 pounds, 2016 state champion and current Class A coaches poll leader Christian Dean needed just 14 seconds to pin Cowboy freshman Jake Murnion. 

Joel Raisler, 152-pound Cowboy junior, was taken down hard by Avery Gurney and couldn’t recover, falling by pin with 59 seconds to go in the first period.

The Cowboys were forced to forfeit at six weights — 113, 138, 160, 170, 205 and heavyweight.

In junior varsity action Cowboy freshman Tyler Harms recorded a fall while junior Colton Derenburger scored a 6-2 decision.

“The kids are working hard,” said Harris, “and regardless of tonight’s outcome, they’re learning every day.” 

Next up for the Cowboys is a two-day tournament in Hettinger, North Dakota, before returning home Jan. 13-14 for the annual Cowboy Invitational.