Tanager wrestlers compete in region tourney

Tanager wrestlers compete in region tourney The Vermillion Tanagers participated in the S.D. Region 2A Wrestling Tournament at Sioux Falls Washington on Feb. 20-21.

Participating teams/results were:

1. Yankton, 193.5; 2. Brandon Valley, 164.0; 3. Lennox, 133.5; 4. Canton, 098.0; 5. SF Washington, 090.0; 6. West Central, 089.0; 7. SF Lincoln, 040.0; 8. Vermillion, 033.0.

Vermillion state qualifiers and their regional placing were: Kyle Hubert, second at 103 and Brad Simons, fourth at 215.

Individual results were:

Thursday, Feb. 20

First Round:

103 � Hubert (VER) received a bye.

119 � N. Smith (Y) WBF over Nielsen in 0:48.

125 ��C. Ernster (SFW) WBF over LaMie in 1.34.

130 � Hayner (VER) WBF over d. Romereim (SFL) in 2:52.

135 � G. Hansen (SFW) won by major decision over Tiahrt 12-2.

171 � B. Paulson (BV) won by decision over Hasse 5-2.

189 � C. Miller (BV) WBF over Birgen in 5:40.

215 � Simons (VER) WBF over M. Thorson (SFL) in 2:49.

Quarterfinal Wrestlebacks:

119 � C. Knott (Can) WBF over Nielsen in 3:58.

125 � LaMie (VER) WBF over K. Tifft (Can) in 0:59.

135 � Tiahrt (VER) received a BYE.

171 � D. Samlaska (SFW) won by decision over Hasse 3-0.

189 � Birgen (VER) won by decision over T. Mattick (SFW) 4-3.

Semi-Finals:

103 � Hubert (VER) WBF over D. Swanson (Can) in 0:32.

130 � A. Johnson (Y) won by technical fall over Hayner 18-3.

215 � R. Lynde (Can) won by major decision over Simons 12-1.

Friday, Feb. 21

Semi-Final Wrestlebacks:

125 � M. Wratz (SFL) won by decision over LaMie 11-6.

130 � K. Brewer (LX) won by decision over Hayner 2-1.

135 � J. Schrempp (Y) WBF over Tiahrt in 4:35.

189 � G. Johnson (Y) won by major decision over Bergen 10-2.

215 � Simons (VER) won by decision over P. Plautz (Y) 8-3.

Finals:

103 � N. Smith (Y) WBF over Hubert in 1:57.

215 � C. Black (BV) won by decision over Simons 10-4.

"We were able to qualify two wrestlers for the South Dakota State Wrestling Tournament," said Coach Casey O'Connor. "Both Hubert and Simons were state qualifiers last year. This will be a great advantage to them since many wrestlers get caught up in the event their first year. If they both wrestle to their ability, I feel placing in the top eight is certainly obtainable for both athletes.

"The rest of the Vermillion squad ended the season on Friday," he continued. "Overall, we have seen great improvements from everyone. Our upperclassmen ended the season with their best ever career season records. Adam Hasse and Taylor Birgen ended their careers by contributing greatly to our team success this season. Andy Hayner just fell short of qualifying for the state tournament, but will be back next year as a top competitor. The remaining underclassmen also had great gains. We will continue to improve their skills and come back next season with many returning wrestlers."

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