Wrestlers place seventh in 16-team tournament

Wrestlers place seventh in 16-team tournament At the Winner Invitational Tournament involving 16 high schools, Vermillion High School placed seventh.

Five entrants made it to the consolation or championship finals last Saturday, Jan. 22.

The following are the results of the Tanager wrestlers in each weight class entered:

112 lbs.: Andy Hayner won 11-7 vs. Custer; lost by fall vs. Lead; (wrestlebacks) won by fall vs. Chamberlain; lost by tech fall 15-0 to Mitchell.

119 lbs.: Tyler Zimmerman lost by fall vs. Redfield; (wrestlebacks) won by fall vs. Cheyenne-Eagle Butte; lost by fall vs. Chamberlain.

125 lbs.: (first round) Ben Parsons won 10-0 vs. Custer; lost by fall to Gregory; (wrestlebacks) won 9-0 vs. Hot Springs; lost by fall vs. Bennett Co.

130 lbs.: (first round) Josh Kyte lost by fall vs. BonHomme; lost by fall vs. Cheyenne Eagle Butte.

135 lbs.: (first round) John Christopherson lost by fall vs. Bennett Co.; lost maj. dec. 16-3 vs. Gregory.

140 lbs.: (first round) Adam Koller won by fall vs. Custer; won 11-3 vs. Lennox; (semi-final) won 10-6; vs. Winner; (championship final) won 3-2 vs. Steve Freier, Mitchell, (first place).

145 lbs.: (first round) Elliott Hasse lost 11-3 vs. Mitchell; won 19-8 vs. Chamberlain; (wrestlebacks) won 4-0 vs. Redfield; lost 5-4 vs. Lennox; won 8-3 vs. Winner (fifth place).

152 lbs.: (first round) Jared Thedorff won 14-6 vs. Redfield; lost 6-4 vs. Lennox; (wrestlebacks) won by fall vs. Hot Springs; (consolation final) lost by fall vs. Andrew Sinclair, Gregory, (fourth place).

160 lbs.: (first round) Kristian Reynolds lost by fall vs. Cheyenne-Eagle Butte; lost by fall vs. Redfield.

171 lbs.: (first round) Chris Sinkie lost 8-4 vs. Bon Homme; (wrestlebacks) won 9-1 vs. Lennox; won 9-1 vs. Bennett Co.; won by fall vs. Gregory; (consolation final) lost 15-4 vs. Philip Ringstmeyer, Winner, fourth place.

HWT: (first round) Ray O'Connor won by fall vs. Bennett Co.; (semi-final) won by 5-3 dec. vs. Redfield; (championship final) lost by fall vs. Steve Tiger, Todd Co., second place.

Final team scores: Mitchell � 219.5; Lennox � 151; Gregory � 117; Bon Homme � 109.5; Chamberlain � 101; Redfield � 98; Vermillion � 94; Hot Springs � 84.5; Winner � 80; Bennett County � 74; Custer �

70; Todd County � 55; Lead � 54; Cheyenne-Eagle Butte � 47.5; Valentine � 45; Pine Ridge � 14.

"Overall we wrestled very well, most of the tournament," said Coach Bret Jones. "Our kids are starting to wrestle with some confidence. Ben Parsons and Andy Hayner were only one match from winning a place in their weight classes. It was great to see Adam Koller wrestle as well as he did, since he has been out three weeks with an injury. It's also nice to find Koller and Jared Thedorff stepping up to become leaders for our young kids."

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