Stanley County wrestlers dominate triangular
The Buffaloes showed their steady improvement in Tuesday's triangular in Mobridge by winning both of their duals. The Buffaloes began the night by defeating Lemmon 54-21 then defeated Mobridge-Pollack 41-30.
In its dual with Lemmon, the Buffaloes took advantage of seven forfeits to ease the road to victory.
Despite the forfeits, the Buffaloes still earned their victory as Herman Fennell and Thomas Tolton earned pin fall victories. The dual victory was also encouraging because the Buffs showed improvement from previous matches against Lemmon wrestlers.
"Our kids wrestled very well, we wrestled close matches with kids who we've either lost to or been overwhelmed by at the beginning of the year," Latham said.
Stanley County got a tougher challenge to close the night as it edged Mobridge-Pollack 41-30.
The Buffaloes' victory was greatly assisted by major decision victories by Lukas Chase and Cody LaCompte. The Buffaloes also got victories by fall from Daniel Slama and Tolton.
The major decision and pin fall victories were essential in Stanley County's success Tuesday.
"Our kids have been working hard for bonus points which really make a difference in team scores. The kids' effort to earn those points has really made a difference in duals," Latham said.
The two pin fall victories by Tolton on Tuesday were nothing outside of the ordinary as the senior has been wrestling great in recent weeks.
"Thomas has really turned it on the last two or three weeks. We are really impressed with the way he's been wrestling and pleased with the effort he gives in the classroom and on the mat," Latham said.
For the Buffaloes, Tuesday's success was another sign of improvement as they head towards the end of the season.
"The kids are wrestling more aggressively and consistent than they were at the beginning of the year," Latham said. "They are bringing the match to their opponent and that's a huge part of wrestling."
The Buffaloes will look to continue their stable improvement leading up to the end of the season when they travel to Parkston for the Parkston "Little B" Invitational. The Invitational begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday.