Dawson bedevils Cowboys 47-24

The Custer County District High School wrestlers’ inexperience showed on Tuesday night in front of a home crowd as the varsity grapplers fell to the Red Devils of Dawson County 47-24.

The dual was the home opener for the Cowboys, and head coach Jon Harris is ready for more. “We’ve got a lot of work to do. We had to bump up a few kids to a new weight class, but they wrestled really tough. We gave a really good effort, and these kids don’t back down.” 

The varsity matmen started strong with freshman Braxton Scheeler, up a weight class at 113, making quick work of Gabe Mickelsen with a pin just 17 seconds into the match. 

“We bumped him up and he got the pin,” Harris said. “I thought he wrestled really aggressively, and that’s just his style.”

Freshman Jake Murnion won by forfeit at 120 pounds.

Kaid Campbell, wrestling up a class at 138, took control of fellow freshman Louis Harrington and pinned him near the end of the first period. 

Sophomore Liam Pauley faced off against senior Brandt Ackerman at 145 and fell behind 13-1 by the second period, and although Pauley repeatedly fought off the pin, Ackerman finished the match with a technical fall, outscoring Pauley 16-1. 

Junior Kon Speelmon (145), freshman Aidan Barrows (up a class at 160), and freshman Dylan Gibson (heavyweight) all were pinned in the first period, and senior Caid Dickman (205) held Matt Fulton scoreless until Fulton won by injury default. 

In an exhibition match, first-time Cowboy wrestler sophomore Joe Mendenhall (182) pinned Alphonso Bustos in 20 seconds. 

“We’ve got a long season,” Harris said, “and that’s a good thing. “We’re a young team, and we’re going to be stronger as the year progresses. The kids are willing to work hard and they know what needs to be done. We’re looking forward to it.”

In junior varsity action, freshman Tyler Harms notched his first two wins on the home mat by pin.