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Logan Richie of Webster enters the B tournament as the No. 1 seed at 195 lbs.

If Logan Richie (Webster) and Spencer Sarringer (Pierre) wrestled, who would win - Previewing the 195 lb state brackets
Feb 21, 2017

By Rich Winter

It's always intersting entering the state wrestling tournaments how the age-old discussion of Class A vs. Class B crops up and who would win in respective divisions.


Are the B weight classes tougher?

Are the A wrestlers better? 


I guess as long as old men sit and talk about the weather and old women sit and talk about old men, we're going to have this discussion.


Pouring over the brackets the last few days I can't help but be drawn into the 195 lb. brackets as two absolute studs look to dominate their divisions.


In Class B, Webster's Logan Richie is the defending state champion at 182 lbs, having defeated Devon Gnat of MIller-Highmore/Harold in last year's state championship.

Richie wrestled at 220 for most of the year and like the animal he is he moved down late in the season for a little tougher competition. Richie is the top seed but he'll have some company with Devin Stork of Canton (40-4) is No. 2 and defending champion, Caleb Brandt of Wolsey-Wessington is the No. 3 seed. While Richie is the favorite he should be wary of MVPCS wrestler Tanner Risseeuw who is dangerous every time he steps on the mat (Ask Nick Casperson, formely of Beresford-Alcester/Hudson.


In Class A, Sarringer enters the tournament with a 38-1 record. Surely, the youngest Sarringer would like to put an exclamation point on his Governor career after finishing second a season ago. A wrestling mind in my periphery this year suggested, "Sarringer is the best lb. for lb. wrestler in the state of South Dakota". That's a lot of wrestler and a lot of pounds (195), but Sarringer is the top seed with Nate Guthmiller (Madison, 31-5 checking in as the No. 2 seed.


Ok, so if Richie and Sarringer both win state titles, who wins if they faced each other on the mat?


Maybe it's best we never have the opportunity to see these matches happen...It kind of gives us something to talk about around the old water-cooler. Kind of like in fooball when Winner won 11B, Madison won 11A and Mitchell won 11AA this year. Lotta people talking about how those teams would fare if they faced off against one another (Mitchell and Winner played their freshman years and WE ALL REMEMBER HOW THAT TURNED OUT).


Congrats to all the wrestlers and the parents of these wrestlers that qualified for the state tournament. For some, it's been an incredibly long journey of early morning AAU tournaments and blood sweat and a lotta tears and ups and downs. Enjoy these final moments and celebrate the effort of some quality young people here in South Dakota.


Have a story idea? Does someone in your wrestling community deserve a pat on the back? Have an old photo or a trivia question, I'd love to hear it.


Give me a shout at richwinter85@gmail.com

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