The Dakota Valley wrestling team spent their entire week of matches in the Elk Point-Jefferson gymnasium.
They began the week off with a double-dual Dec. 15 facing off against Canton and Vermillion.
Canton outwrestled DV 66-3, but most of their points were awarded on byes because of Canton’s number of wrestlers. Jackson Boonstra (126) won his match against Kale Ask on a 10-7 decision.
Ariana Gomez (138) put up a fight against Brayden Krall of Canton, losing by fall after 3:19.
Against Vermillion, Dakota Valley lost 60 to 8. DV picked up their 8 points from wins by Boonstra and Latrell Watson (145). Boonstra won by technical fall 16-0 in 3:16 over Hunter Lavin. Watson won by a 7-4 decision over Felix Perez.
Other wrestlers were Bennett Lukken, Lake Kistner, Eston Monical and Gunner Gunderson.
Dakota Valley next wrestled in Elk Point Dec. 19 at the annual Husky Invite. Canton won the team title with 210 points, followed by West Sioux with 111. Dakota Valley scored 20 points.
Bennett Lukken (113) added to the score with his two wins – the first against Isaac Boden of Beresford/Alcester-Hudson and the second over Slaten Podzimek of Wagner. He won both by fall, the first in a 4:49 battle and the second in 1:19.
Boonstra brought home third place after his four matches. The first match knocked him into the loser’s bracket as Ethan Sachau of Hinton, IA took Boonstra down in 1:49. Boonstra then came back and won all three of his matches – all by decision – over Jackson Caba of Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon, Kale Ask of Canton and Jovey Christensen of Beresford/Alcester-Hudson.
Gunner Gunderson put up a fight in all of his matches. He may have lost each by fall, but some were longer matches than most – 2:26 and 4:36.
“We wrestled well,” head coach Grayson Pirner said. “Jackson Boonstra did a good job of bouncing back after a tough first round loss to get third. Bennett Lukken not only won his first varsity match, but he also placed fourth. We are proud of our team for the fight they showed and hope we can get healthy over Christmas break and get ready for the second half of the season.”