South Dakota's top high school wrestlers will take center stage at the PREMIER Center in eleven days, and Canton has its sights set on a class "B" championship.
The two biggest wrestling tournaments of the year are upon the Canton C-Hawks. This weekend they’ll wrestle in the Region 2B Tournament before battling for a state championship.
“This week we’re trying to get as many guys on top of the podium as we can but we’ve still got a lot of, you know it doesn’t just take three state champs to win a state tournament we’ve got to have place winners, those guys every guy in the room here it’s not just 14 guys it’s all 35 that we have,” co-head coach Parker Swanson said.
“Everyone has a really good mentality. They all want to do the best they can. They all want state championships. We all have the same goals so it’s just nice to be around people that want the same goals,” sophomore Kellyn March said.
The C-Hawks had eight top-eight finishes in 2017, including two state champions, but ultimately the C-Hawks fell short and finished runner-up as a team.
“This year we’re hoping to get you know first place and regain that title back,” Swanson said.
Defending 220 pound state champ, Payton Smith says the C-Hawks are ready for the challenge.
“Everyone pushes each other, you know it helps when you know everybody’s going through the same pain you are every day and so you know having a tough young team really helps,” Smith said.
“This is the week to peak so we’re looking to do our best wrestling in the end of February here this week and next weekend at state,” Swanson said.
The region tournaments get underway this Friday, while the state "A" and "B" tournaments begin February 23rd in Sioux Falls.
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