VHS wrestling team opens season at SF Roosevelt event; VHS coach pleased with team

VHS wrestling team opens season at SF Roosevelt event; VHS coach pleased with team by Jim Prosser Several highlights for the Tanager wrestlers at the quadrangular meet on Saturday Dec. 1 at Sioux Falls Roosevelt, involving Sioux Falls Lincoln and West Central were: 3-0 records by Kellen Cusick at 171, Brad Simons at 215 and Ray O'Connor at HWT. The team was 1-2 for the tournament.

Final team results third round: Vermillion 30, West Central 46.

KEY: WBF � Won by fall; LBF � Lost by fall; TF � Technical fall; MD � Major decision; WF � forfeit; WD � won by decision; LD � Lost by decision.

Individual matches: 103 � Kyle Hubert WBF 3:18; 112 � Craig Powell WBF 3:09; 119 � Brett Nielson LBF 2:46; 125 � forfeit; 130 � Andy Hayner WD 8-6 ; 135 � forfeit; 140 � Ben Parsons LBF 2:36; 145 � forfeit; 152 � forfeit; 160 � forfeit; 171 � Kellen Cusick WF; 189 � Taylor Birgen LD 11-1; 215 � Brad Simons WD 9-8; Hwt � Ray O'Connor WBF 1:01.

Teams second round results: Vermillion 42, Sioux Falls Lincoln 36.

Individual matches: 103 � Hubert WBF 1:09; 112 � Powell WBF 2:44; 119 � Nielson LBF 0:52; 125 � forfeit; 130 � Hayner WBF 3:28; 135 � forfeit; 140 � Parsons WD 6-5; 145 � forfeit; 152 forfeit; 160 � forfeit; 171 � Cusick WBF 1:17; 189 � Birgen WBF 0:55; 215 � Simons WBF 1:35; Hwt � Ray O'Connor WD 4-0.

Teams first round results: Vermillion 24, Sioux Falls Roosevelt 56.

Individuals: 103 � Hubert LBF 1:46; 112 Powell LD 13-2; 119 � Nielson LBF 0:48; 125 � forfeit; 130 � Hayner LBF 2:51;135 � forfeit; 140 � Parsons LD 16-8; 145 � forfeit; 152 � forfeit; 160 � forfeit; 171 � Cusick WBF 3:28; 189 � Birgen WBF 5:55; 215 � Simons WBF 1:03; Hwt � O'Connor WBF 0:51.

"I was extremely pleased with the wrestlers' performance

since we had to give up 30 points to each team because of five open weight classes," said coach Casey O'Connor. "The boys made very few mistakes throughout the day and displayed excellent conditioning, which I felt made the difference in several matches. I could not have asked for a better season opener from the team. This tournament was a great confidence booster for the upcoming weeks."

JV results were:

Against Sioux Falls Roosevelt � 103 � John Gregg (V) pinned Cody Johnson 0:47; 112 � J.J. LaMie (V) pinned Kyle Grocott 1:44.

Against Sioux Falls Lincoln � 103 � Gregg won by forfeit; 112 � LaMie pinned Andrew Kirstein 3:20.

Against West Central � 103 � Shane Thomas (WC) pinned Gregg 1:10; LaMie MD Jeff Charboneau 19-9.

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