Tanager wrestlers place 6th at BV Invitational; 5 earn medals

Tanager wrestlers place 6th at BV Invitational; 5 earn medals by Jim Prosser The Tanager wrestlers competed at Brandon Valley on Saturday, Jan. 11 in an eight-team invitational.

Seven of nine VHS wrestlers achieved winning records at the meet, with five awarded medals.

Second places went to Kyle Hubert at 103 and Brad Simons at 215; and thirds were claimed by Craig Powell (112), Andy Hayner (130) and Adam Hasse (171). Also recognized as top six placers were J.J. LaMie, fifth at 125; and Taylor Birgen, sixth at 189.

Results include:

Team scores

1. SF Roosevelt, 232; 2. Brandon Valley, 229; 3. Canton, 183; 4. Huron, 131.5; 5. SF O'Gorman, 102.5; 6. Vermillion, 100; 7. SF Lincoln, 84; 8. Arlington, 47.5.

Individual results

First round

103 � Kyle Hubert (Ver) WBF over Allan Williamson (BV) in 2:24.

112 � Craig Powell (Ver) over Greg Houghtaling (Hur) in 5:02.

119 � Andrew Kirstein (SFL) WBF over Brett Nielsen (Ver) in 1:28.

125 � Derrik Hewitt (Hur) won by decision over J.J. LaMie 8-4.

130 � Andy Hayner (Ver) WBF over Dan Kirstein (SFL) in 3:10.

152 ��Aaron Haddorff (SFR) WBF over Jason Kitto (Ver) in 1:34.

171 � Adam Hasse (Ver) WBF over Carl Haberstick (Hur) in 1:16.

189 � Josh Mahoney (OG) won by technical fall over Taylor Birgen (Ver) 17-0.

215 � Brad Simons (Ver) WBF over Nick Williams (Arl) in 1:25.

First round

wrestleback

119 � Dan Feldhaus (Hur) WBF over Brett Nielsen (Ver) in 3:21.

125 � J.J. LaMie (Ver) WBF over Ross Friedman (OG) in 1:07.

152 � Frank Dowling (SFL) WBF over Jason Kitto (Ver) 2:46.

189 � Taylor Birgen (Ver) won by decision over Tony Axtell (SFL) 2-1.

Semifinal round

103 � Kyle Hubert (Ver) WBF over Dan Weber (SFG) in 2:44.

112 � Josh Montgomery (Can) won by decision over Craig Powell (Ver) 9-4.

130 � Josh Wollum (OG) won by decision over Andy Hayner (Ver) 11-6.

171 � Brad Paulson (BV) WBF over Adam Hasse (Ver) in 3:17.

215 ��Brad Simons (Ver) won by decision over Cody Black (BV) 8-1.

Second round

wrestleback

112 � Craig Powell (Ver) WBF over Cole Dutcher (SFL) in 4:34.

125 � Mike Wartz (SFL) won by decision over J.J. LaMie (Ver) 9-7.

130 � Andy Hayner (Ver) WBF over Robert Feldhaus (Hur) in 0:38.

171 � Adam Hasse (Ver) won by decision over Jorge Sanchez (OG) 9-4.

189 � Tom Boldt (Arl) WBF over Taylor Birgen (Ver) in 2:43.

Finals

Fifth and sixth place

125 � J.J. LaMie (Ver) WBF over Dan Romereim (Can) in 1:25.

189 � Drew Sanders (SFR) won by decision over Taylor Birgen (Ver) 3-1.

Third and fourth place

112 � Craig Powell (Ver) won by decision over Matt Lambertz (SFR) 5-3.

130 � Andy Hayner (Ver) won by decision over Sam Nelson (Can) 11-6.

171 � Adam Hasse (Ver) WBF over Carl Haberstick (Hur) in 0:50.

First and second place

103 � Shane Thomas (SFR) won by decision over Kyle Hubert (Ver) 4-3.

215 � Rob Lynde (Can) won by decision over Brad Simons (Ver) 8-5.

Coach Casey O'Connor was impressed with his wrestlers.

"Once again, I was extremely pleased with our performance throughout the tournament," said coach O'Connor. "After our success at the Sioux Falls Lincoln Tournament and now the BV Tournament, I feel our squad is more confident in their abilities. We are wrestling more aggressive and offensive compared to earlier in the year. This makes all the difference in our team. We ended the day by placing seven of our nine wrestlers.

"It was a great day for Tanager wrestling," he added.

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