Buff grapplers sweep quadrangular
Stanley County's 3-0 run featured two dominating performances and one nail biter as the Buffaloes defeated Redfield/Doland 49-24, Britton-Hecla/Langford Area 51-11 and Faulkton 37-33.
The strong Stanley County effort featured undefeated efforts by Herman Fennell and Casey Hettinger. Cody LaCompte, Daniel Slama and Wyatt Harrowa also went 2-1 for the Buffaloes.
The most entertaining dual of the night featured Stanley County and Faulkton. The dual went down to the wire until Cody LaCompte continued his strong season with a pin fall victory over Alec Lee.
"The dual came down to Cody winning his match to put it out of reach; we had chances to put them away but couldn't do it. The kids stayed positive though and our kids won some big matches to make the difference in the dual," Stanley County coach John Latham said.
The Buffaloes also used the quadrangular to gain some experience moving forward. Against Britton-Hecla/Langford Area, Latham moved LaCompte up a weight class, as he did with Thomas Tolton. While both lost, the experience against bigger wrestlers will be important as the season progresses.
While the dual victory over Redfield/Doland may not look like an important dual, it was big for the wrestling program. The Buffaloes dominated the dual, flipping the script between the two teams recently.
"This is the first time we have beaten Redfield in a while, for us to go out and start the dual with a victory by this margin was big," Latham said. "Starting with such a dominating win gave us a lot of momentum moving forward."
The dual against Britton-Hecla/Langford Area was not much of a contest as Michael Scott and Chantry Norman picked up pin fall victories for the Buffaloes. The Buffaloes also won many matches by forfeit.
Stanley County has plenty to build on after its dominating performance in Faulkton. The Buffaloes will look to build on the momentum from Thursday on Dec. 27 when they host a dual with Gregory. The dual begins at 2 p.m.