The Floyd Farrand wrestling match is a coveted one held every year at Sioux Falls Lincoln throughout the vacation break. Brandon Valley received the match final yr and went on to put up a 16-1 twin report earlier than ending second place within the Class A state meet.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the match was restricted this yr, however the format didn’t appear to faze the Lynx. As a substitute of a match setting, Brandon Valley had three twin meet wins as they cruised previous Lennox 59-9, Brookings 50-23 and Sioux Falls Roosevelt 60-19.
They’re off to a great begin once more this yr, bettering to 13-1 in twin meets after the three-match sweep at Lincoln. Their one setback was on the Speedy Metropolis Invitational — a two-point loss to defending Class A champion Speedy Metropolis Stevens. Clearly, Stevens will likely be a street bump once more this yr for the Lynx as they’ll be making an attempt to win the primary state title in class historical past. The state match is scheduled for Feb. 25-27 in Speedy Metropolis.
Brandon Valley misplaced the championship final yr to Stevens by a single level. That one stings, however head coach Derek Outland stated the Lynx have put it behind them.
“So far as all of the stuff about final yr, it is up to now,” he stated. “We’re targeted on the 2020-2021 season. We consider that we are able to win the state title with the fellows we’ve got. Will probably be something however straightforward — successful a state championship is all the time an incredible problem.”
Something however straightforward is an understatement. Regardless of the good begin, Brandon Valley misplaced three state place-winners from final season’s staff in Jack Smith (third at 160 kilos), Kobi Terpstra (fifth at 170), and Sam Lembcke (seventh at 285).
However there may be expertise and expertise again on this yr’s staff. Navarro Schunke is again after successful the state title final yr at 220 kilos. Trason Oehme completed second at 106 kilos, and Isaac Klinkhammer was second at 152. Jordon Oehme was sixth at 113, and Dominic Tucker was eighth at 195.
The Lynx additionally function Owen Warren, a junior switch from Yankton who completed third final season at 220 kilos. Earlier this yr, he was named the Wrestler of the Week by Dakota Grapplers on Dec. 14. He’s off to an 11-2 begin this season on the similar weight class and stated it’s greater than a objective for the Lynx to assert that first title this yr.
“I positively assume we are able to win it,” he stated. “We discuss it so much, no less than as soon as every week. It’s not likely even a objective — it’s an expectation. We have now all the fellows and the lineup to do it.”
The Lynx now flip their consideration to the Brandon Valley Invitational, an annual occasion that usually brings crowds and a number of other groups to the realm. This yr, nevertheless, that scene may have a unique look due to the worldwide pandemic when the match takes place on the Brandon Valley gymnasium on Jan. 9. It can even be the primary time the Lynx will compete at their house gymnasium.