Tanager wrestlers finish 9th by David Lias The Vermillion Tanager wrestling squad finished ninth out of 17 teams participating in the Winner Invitational Jan. 23.
Outstanding performers for Vermillion included Adam Koller, who placed third in the 130 pound weight class; Jared Thedorff, who placed third in the 145 pound weight class; a fifth-place performance by Elliot Hasse in the 140 pound weight class, a fifth-place performance by Chris Nelson, who wrestled in the 189 pound weight division, and the sixth place honor earned by Josh Kyte who competed in the 135 pound class.
"This is traditionally a tough tournament, so I was real happy to have five place winners," said Coach Bret Jones. "We had a chance to place a couple more wrestlers, but injury and illness held those kids back.
"We wrestled very well for the tournament," Jones added. "We had an outstanding second round where we recorded one decision, two major decisions and five pins."