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High expectations and new goals for Dell Rapids wrestlers

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High expectations and new goals for Dell Rapids wrestlers

Two years ago, Dell Rapids wrestling coach Craig Jorgensen gushed about the youth of the Quarriers. 

“We’ve got a slew of sophomores coming in, and they’re just hardcore wrestlers,” Jorgensen said at the time.

Now, that talented crew of sophomores is getting set to enter its senior season, and there’s a bundle of optimism for what the season might bring.

The Quarriers finished 20th at last year’s Class A state meet. As one of the smallest schools in Class A, that was a strong performance with seven wrestlers qualifying for the meet. This year, six of those qualifiers return as seniors, and goals are a bit more lofty.

Jorgensen said a top-six podium finish is the goal for the Quarriers this year, and with a senior-heavy group, that could be attainable.

Coach Craig Jorgensen of Dell Rapids, center, waits with one of the wrestlers on his team before a match at the Brandon Valley Invitational wrestling meet on Saturday, Jan. 11, at Brandon Valley High School.

Jacob Vogel, Andrew Weiland, Kyle Cavigielli, Mitchell Klinkenborg, Brayden Gee, Canyon Lowman and Zach McKee all return as seniors. Vogel finished fourth at 126 pounds last year and Weiland was seventh at 113.

“It’s tough to put a team on the podium, but if we could do it, it would be this year,” Jorgensen said. “It won’t be easy, but we could surely get it done. We’re going to have to really wrestle well and stay healthy.”