VMS wrestlers compete at Mitchell The Mitchell Junior High Wrestling invitational was held Saturday, Jan. 8 with teams from Brandon Valley, Pierre, Huron, Watertown, Madison, Yankton, Winner, Redfield, Bon Homme, Sioux Falls O'Gorman, Gregory, Chamberlain, Brookings, Canton, Aberdeen Central, Mitchell and Vermillion competing in the tournament.
Place winners for Vermillion in the tournament in the seventh/eight-grade division included: Andy Hayner (112 pounds), fourth place, 2-1 record; Kenny Mays (129 pounds), fifth place, 1-2 record and Kellen Cusick (175 pounds), second place, 2-1 record.
Place winners for Vermillion in the tournament in the ninth-grade division included: Tyler Zimmerman (118 pounds), fourth place, 2-2 record; Adam Hasse (148 pounds), second place, 3-1 record; Taylor Birgen (188 pounds), second place, 1-1 record and Brad Simons (Heavyweight), third place, 1-2 record.
Casey O'Connor, Vermillion Middle School wrestling coach, commented that "we had great performances by all of our wrestlers. Our young guys have improved every time we have stepped on the mat. This tournament allowed our wrestlers to compete with athletes their own age."
The seventh- and eighth-grade wrestlers' next action will be at the Madison Invitational Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m.