Middle school wrestlers involved in Madison invite The Madison Middle School invitational wrestling tournament was held on Saturday, Feb. 1.
The Vermillion Middle School Redbirds were represented in various age, class and weight groups. Seventeen schools competed, including Adrian, MN, Arlington, Bon Homme, Canton, Howard, Huron, Madison, Mitchell, Sioux Falls Roosevelt, Sioux Falls Lincoln, Sioux Falls Washington, Sisseton, Tri-Valley, Vermillion, Watertown, West Central and Yankton.
There were five wrestlers per weight class playing a round robin format. VMS individual records in the meet were:
75 � Tony Hubert, 1-2, seventh-eighth grade; 100 ��Casey Carlson, 3-1, seventh-eighth grade; 102 � Ryan O'Connor, 3-0, seventh-eighth grade; 130 � Eric McPherson, 3-1, seventh-eighth grade; 130 � Raleigh Tiahrt, 2-2, ninth-grade; 185 ��Roman LaMie, 3-1, ninth-grade.
Assistant wrestling coach Joe Delvaux accompanied the group.
"This was an excellent opportunity for our younger kids," he said. "These guys are the building blocks of our future program, and they represented Vermillion very well. These kids are young and some are new to the sport, but what they lack in 'mat time,' they make up in heart and drive."