The Dakota Valley wrestling team participated in its first tournament of the season at Dell Rapids Dec. 5. Out of seven wrestlers, three placed.
Jacksonn Boonstra (126) started off against Jackson Caba of Bon Homme/Scotland Avon. Boonstra defeated Caba with a decision 4-3. In the second round, Boonstra faced Logan Buseman of Parker and won with a fall in 1:49. Boonstra was defeated in round 3 by Kale Ask of Canton by a 5-3 decision. Boonstra took second place in his weight class.
Ariana Gomez competed in the girls division and brought home third place. She went up against Brittany Rueb and Peyton Hellmann of Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon losing by decision 2-8 and major decision 2-10, respectively. Gomez won her next two rounds by fall over Cassandra Witte of Rapid City Central and Alexis Bryant of McCook Central/Montrose.
Samson Do took home 5th place. He went up against Levi Wieman of Parker, Isaak Pulse of McCook Central/Montrose, Marshall Baldwin of Canton and Sam Cavigielli of Dell Rapids, losing all matched by fall.
Lake Kistner (152) did not place, but had a win on the mat against Gabe Clark of Dell Rapids with a fall in 3:20.
Gunner Gunderson (170) and Brodey Ballinger (182) lost their two matches by fall and did not place.
Alex Reinhardt (285) lost by an 8-3 decision against Elliott Chase of McCook Central/Montrose and by fall against Jackson Witte of Rapid City Central. He won over Ben Lasley of Canton by a 9-6 decision.
“We had four kids that were wrestling in their first-ever wrestling tournament,” head coach Grayson Pirner said. “I think they all showed signs of promise. We kept reminding our kids that this is the first tournament of the season, and we can correct most of the mistakes that they made in their matches. We are excited to continue working every day and improving.”