Sully Buttes wrestling head coach Brady Weischedel says it’s hard to believe the season is starting to wind down. “It’s funny how such a long, strung out grind can go by so fast,” said Weischedel. For the first time since 2015, the grapplers will be on the mats at home for the Charger Invite wrestling quadrangular pitting the home squad against wrestlers from Stanley County, Potter County, and Eagle Butte-Depree on Thursday, January 30 starting at 5:30 p.m. in the main gym.
“The team is small in numbers this season, but has enormous potential for the future,” said Weischedel. “We have one junior, one freshman, and two seventh graders. Junior Kash Weischedel and freshman Chase Yellowhawk are the two lone varsity wrestlers this season, with Lucas Arcoren and Brayden Yackley both wrestling in Middle School events.”
Weischedel says it has been a season of ups and downs for the team, with members struggling to remain academically eligible. “The absence of Chase Yellowhawk as he was doing an amazing job competing out at the Junior National Finals Rodeo set us back at the beginning of the season, too,” said Weischedel.
“Kash Weischedel has been as steady as always, competing in a very strong and loaded 182 pound weight class,” said Weischedel. The coach notes that Kash placed in one of the tournaments he competed in, and fell just shy of placing in three other tournaments.
Of freshman Chase Yellowhawk, Weischedel says he is just getting started. “He’s only had a chance to wrestle in one tournament, falling just short of the medal rounds,” said Weischedel. “I’m not too worried about Chase. We just had a slow start and now we have to knock that rust off, and he’ll get his confidence and momentum rolling very soon.”
Attributing the quick pace of the season to pulling double duty, Weischedel says the squad has been going to middle school events during the week and varsity events on Saturdays.
“The two middle school wrestlers, Lucas and Brayden, have shown so much growth this season,” said Weischedel.
Weischedel says he sees daily improvement in Brayden, who hasn’t wrestled since he was really young in AAU. “You can really see it when he wrestles at events.”
The coach lauds Lucas Arcoren as the team’s MVP “so far this season.”
“He has changed so much since last season,” said Weischedel. “He works his tail off in practice and it shows.”
In addition to wrestling at middle school events, Lucas takes on exhibition matches at varsity events, and at AAU events “has wrestled over 25 matches, and has only lost four.”
“I’m really excited about this team going forward,” said Weischedel. “We’ll be bringing back all four members of our current team, and hopefully adding a handful of 6th and 7th graders into the mix next season. It may take a little time, but the future is looking very bright for the Charger Wrestling team.”
In addition to the quadrangular on Thursday, the mats will heat up again during the Charger AAU youth wrestling tournament starting at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, January 31.
“This is a big week for the Sully Buttes Chargers wrestling team and the Little Chargers,” said Weischedel. “We finally have a home event, the first since I’ve been a coach. It’s exciting to be able to show the community how much work we have been putting in.”
“Ideally, we would like to have a full team so we could compete in the team aspect of this quad we have on Thursday, but we will definitely go out and give them all we have with our two varsity wrestlers. Weischedel says he’ll also encourage the middle school wrestlers to compete in the exhibition matches so they can continue to gain experience. He adds that the AAU wrestlers have been wrestling hard and having fun this season. “They are getting better and better every week,” said Weischedel. “I’m really looking forward to Thursday, Friday and the remainder of the season.”