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Gibson wins title, Gauer, Gillen runner-up at Pierre tourney

Aberdeen Central’s Katrina Gibson tries to pin Mitchell’s Bobbi Jo Middendorp during their exhibition match at a dual earlier this season at the Golden Eagles Arena. Gibson took first place at a tournament in Pierre on Friday. Photo by John Davis taken 12/29/2022

PIERRE – A trio of Aberdeen Central girls wrestled in championship matches to help lead the Golden Eagles to a fifth place finish as a team during the Girls Governor Wrestling Invitational on Friday.

Katrina Gibson took first place, and Autum Gauer and Madyson Gillen each were runner-up to lead the squad.

“It was a good effort. I think we ended up fifth overall as a team out of 21 teams,” said Central coach Donnie Bowden. “Having three finalists, that always helps get those bonus points and it’s no surprise which three they are.”

Gibson, Gauer and Gillen have helped to set the pace the entire season.

“Three of our more experienced girls. The ones that have kind of been around for a little bit of time now,” Bowden said. “They go out there and they just make improvements from match to match.”

Gibson tends to wear her opponents down before finishing them off, according to Bowden.

“She’s more of a grinder,” Bowden said. “She’s one of those people that she’s going to get you tired and then kind of strike in that third period more so than not.”

Gibson defeated an opponent from Pierre that she lost to twice earlier this season.

Gauer pinned two of her foes in less than a minute.

“She just comes through. That’s what she does. She wins by pin,” Bowden said. “She goes out there and gets after it and ends it quick.”

Gillen also recorded a pair of falls during her matches.

“She’s very dominant,” Bowden said, “when she’s on her feet and when she’s in the top position.”

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AVERY BENDEWALD: pinned Meredith Ramacher, Hot Springs, 5:09; pinned by Mary-Katherine Joseph, Brandon Valley, :54; pinned Ragan Peacock, Harrisburg, 4:37; lost to Savannah Rondell, Douglas/Rapid City Christian/New Underwood, 4-3.

AUTUM GAUER: pinned Heavenly Thompson, Pierre, :28; pinned Destiny Triplet (Douglas/Rapid City Christian/New Underwood, :47; pinned by Ciara McFarling, :21. SECOND PLACE.

KATRINA GIBSON: pinned Daisy Munoz, Hill City, 3:07; pinned Rhiannen Heimdal, Harrisburg, 3:47; def. Hattie Baldwin, Pierre, 1-0. FIRST PLACE.

MADYSON GILLEN: bye; pinned Jocelyn Rumpca, Webster, 1:23; pinned Madelynn Schlup, Spearfish, 1:33; pinned by Cassandra Witte, Rapid City Stevens, 1:02. SECOND PLACE.

JASMINE MAAS: pinned Cecilia Percy, Lead-Deadwood, 1:01; pinned by Gianna Stangeland, Pierre, 1:03; pinned by Jenna Morrow, Rapid City Stevens, 3:36.

ULA MARTIN: pinned by Dani Ringstmeyer, Pierre, 1:08; pinned by Cateri Yellow Hawk, Sully Buttes, 3:35.

ALLISON NEITZEL: pinned Leah Whittington, Bon Homme/Scotland/Avon, 1:37; pinned by
Aubrey Jensen, Viborg-Hurley/Irene-Wakonda, 1:50; pinned by Kendalyn Pesch, Douglas/Rapid City Christian/New Underwood, 2:27.

LIN PAW JONE: pinned by Sarah Rickenbach, Hot Springs 3:34; pinned Eddy Atkins, Lead-Deadwood, 1:27; pinned by Jeanie Keller, South Border, :28.

KALYN ROHRBACH: pinned by Lexie Hillmer, Pierre, 1:06; pinned by Mettea Marshall, Custer, 5:05.

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