Rapid City Stevens and Canton won team championships over the weekend at the State Wrestling Tournament in Rapid City. In Class “A,” the Stevens Raiders won two individual titles and scored 162 and a half team points, nearly 30 points more than second-place Pierre. Canton had two individual champions and a runner-up to lead the field.
Among outstanding individual performances was Tri-Valley 145-pounder Caden Lamer, who won his weight class. It’s Lamer’s fifth straight title.
“It’s so much better just accomplishing something you’ve been working for your entire high school career—it’s just awesome," said Lamer. "Making friendships through high school wrestling is probably the most, like, incredible thing; you’re literally building a family when you’re on a wrestling team. I would like more people to come out for wrestling because it’s an awesome sport and you create a family when you do it.”
The Tri-Valley senior is the fourth wrestler in state history to win five state individual wrestling championships.
Chamberlain 285-pound wrestler Nash Hutmacher won his third straight championship—he pinned his final-round opponent in nine seconds Saturday night. Hutmacher’s other matches over the weekend ended in first-period pins as well. Hutmacher has won 123 straight matches in his career.