O'Connor wins HWT class at Lincoln High by Jim Prosser There were 16 schools represented at the Floyd Farrand Wrestling Invitational in Sioux Falls Dec. 21-22, held at Lincoln High School.
Sturgis won the team title for the third time in a row, while Vermillion was 15th with only one place winner in the HWT class. Kyle Hubert, at 103 pounds, lost two close matches; 10-11 vs Noah Ruml (Howard) and 2-4 vs John Wermers (Parkston) while Brad Simons won 1 and lost 2 at 215 pounds, losing to Sisseton and Sturgis wrestlers and beating Austin Parks of SF Washington 11-4.
Heavyweight Ray O�Oconnor pinned Eric Boehm (SFL) 1:15, and Aaron Moline (SFR) 3:05, then out pointed Brock Scott (BV) 8-2, and Chet Delbridge (Sturgis) 3-1, to become eventual champion at HWT.
�This tournament allowed us to see some of the best competition in the state of South Dakota as well as those in our region,� said coach Casey O�Connor. �Many of our wrestlers just fell short of the place round due to mental mistakes. The tourney marked the end to a very intense first half of the season. It acts as a measure of our abilities and what we need to work on for the rest of the year.
�Our only place winner, heavyweight Ray O�Connor, is displaying great physical conditioning and mental focus on the mat,� he added.