They set themselves up with a monumental region and now the Parkston Trojans are hoping to take down the competition during the State B wrestling tournament this weekend in Aberdeen.
When action gets underway at 10 this morning at Wachs Arena, all teams will be gunning for the pre-tourney favorite.
“Our goal all year is we want to win a state title as a team,” said Parkston coach Jared Digmann. “Definitely not a goal that’s out of reach, but I do believe that we have to wrestle to our potential.”
The Trojans certainly did that by qualifying 12 wrestlers for the state tourney, including a whopping 10 that made the finals of the region.
“They must have wrestled lights-out at the region tournament,” said Canton coach Jeremy Ask. “To put 10 kids in the finals is practically unheard of. They definitely put themselves in a good position.”
Because Parkston had five region champs and five region runners-up, the Trojans will have some favorable opening-round draws in the state tournament.
“Putting 10 in the championship definitely helped our draws,” Digmann noted. “I think all 12 have a shot to place.”
That means the rest of the field has to come up big and likely still have some help.
“I would say us, Howard, Beresford and Tri-Valley are all the Davids trying to slay Goliath,” Ask said, “Goliath being Parkston.”
Canton is the defending state champion, but Ask knows the task that lies ahead of his squad.