Harkness earns berth in state wrestling tournament

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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Brody Harkness, a 113-pound junior from De Smet, made it to the state B wrestling tournament to be held this weekend in Aberdeen. Harkness finished the season 36-12.


“I had a great season,” he said. “I got pretty much what I shot for — a 75-percent record.” Harkness said he has been wrestling for 12 years beginning way back in kindergarten.


“There’s nobody in his weight class that works harder or is in better shape than Brody,” said assistant coach Mike Johnson. “It’s nice to have him in the room so the other guys can use him as an example.”


Johnson said the Kingsbury Knights needed an example like him this season. They had a young team with lots of holes where wrestlers should have been.


“We had a lack of depth, we knew it would be a rebuilding year,” Johnson said. “But as far as I know, all of our wrestlers are planning on returning next year.”


Harkness said he is definitely coming back next year. But in the meantime, he faces 20-18 Hot Springs eighth-grader Wyatt Pulscher in his first match in Aberdeen. Harkness earned his state berth by fighting his way past a semifinal loss at the Region 1B tournament Feb. 22 in Webster to place third.


Three other Kingsbury Knights fell just one win shy of qualifying. Arlington juniors Jacob Zmolek and Brody Gilbertson, as well as Arlington freshman Haydn Gilbertson, each fell one win short.


“We wrestled pretty well at regions,” Coach Steve Gilbertson said. “Even in matches we lost, the kids fought hard and did their best. Every one of them can hold their head high, even if they didn’t make it to state.”


David Tritle


The De Smet News

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