Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The buzz Feb. 22-23 at the State B Wrestling Tournament in Aberdeen was that Eugene Martin is a “machine.” It’s a high compliment in sports, referring to those who seem unbeatable.
And Martin earned that description, mowing down competitors at 195 pounds on his way to his second title after winning at 182 pounds last year.
“It was a good way to end the season, and my high school career, with a victory,” the De Smet senior said. “The last match was the toughest; I just stepped it up and did my best.”
The Kingsbury County Knights also placed two more wrestlers in Aberdeen. De Smet senior Evan Larsen placed sixth at 182 and Arlington senior Austin Gilbertson was eighth at 120. Both seniors will be missed next year.
“We were bummed this year because Austin and Evan happened to be in two of the toughest weight classes in the state,” said Coach Steve Gilbertson. “It’s difficult to explain what a tremendous feat it is to place at state when your weight class is stacked like that.”
De Smet sophomore Brody Harkness finished one win short of placing. With the three seniors above him now done, Harkness becomes the most-decorated veteran in the wrestling program next year.
“And not only for the wrestling, even though they have over 400 wins between them,” he added. “We’ll also miss them because they’re good kids, and we’ve spent a lot of time together.”