Hubert places second in State A Wrestling Tourney

Hubert places second in State A Wrestling Tourney By Jim Prosser The contingent of seven Tanager qualifiers for the State A Wrestling Tournament included a group consisting of a couple seventh- and eighth-graders, a freshman, two sophomores and a junior.

The team accumulated 24.5 points and placed 23rd out of the 31 teams entered.

Tanager individual results in the first round matches were:

112 � Ryan O�Connor LBF 1:43 to Clint Duprel (Sturgis).

119 � Tanner Mart lost 1-14 MD to Cody Wilson (Sturgis).

125 � Kyle Hubert won 7- 0 over Ross Friedman (SFO).

130 � Andrew Eidem LBF in 4:48 to Andy Bogenrief (Milbank).

140 � Luke Heine LBF in 1:49 to Aaron Rumpca (Pierre).

189 � Jordan Anderson lost 2-4 to Kirk Bunkers (Brookings).

275 � Harrison Hawley LBF in :53 to Miles Ulmer (Winner).

Quarter final results:

125 � Hubert WBF over Chase Novotny (Winner) in 1:46.

First round wrestlebacks:

112 � O�Connor TF 15-0 over Jarrett Allan (Todd Co.) in 1:43.

119 � Mart lost TF 19-4 to Andrew Leddy (Milbank).

130 � Brian Cruz (Winner) won 8-2 over Eidem.

140 � Heine won 7-1 over Jordan Rieffenberger (Watertown).

189 � Anderson won 9-2 over Trevor Herman (Winner).

275 � Eric Haivala (Sturgis) WBF over Hawley (1:33).

Second round wrestlebacks:

112 � O�Connor LBF (1:10) to Nowlin Anderson (TCC).

140 � Heine LBF (2:47) to Chad Peck (Sturgis).

189 � Anderson LBF (1:53) to Jake Durel (Sturgis).

Semifinals:

125 � Hubert won 7-4 over Stratton Havlik (Mitchell).

�Hubert had an impressive finish at the state tournament,� said coach Casey O�Connor. �He wrestled very well with confidence from his feet and control from on top. We knew his semi-finals match against Havlik would be the deciding factor on getting into the finals.

�Kyle stayed focused on his game plan and was able to put him on his back in the first period,� he continued. �Kyle continued to put the pressure on Havlik, who was unable to match Kyle�s offense.�

Against Mike Engelhart in the finals, Hubert ended up losing 2-8, but �he had a great tournament and will return next year as a senior for the Vermillion wrestling team,� O�Connor said.

�As for the rest of the state qualifiers, I feel we were able to make our presence known,� he continued. �We were unable to place our other qualifiers, but five of them (Mart, Eidem, Heine, O�Connor and Hawley) will be returning next year. I believe the experience of participating at this state tournament will motivate these qualifiers and teammates to work harder and set goals for placing at next year�s tournament.

�Jordan Anderson, our lone senior state qualifier, fell just short of the placing round Friday night,� O�Connor added. �Anderson�s leadership and dedication to the team will be sorely missed.�

The coach also stressed how well the team handled the season.

�I have seen great things from our team this year,� he said. �We are young, motivated, and willing to work hard towards achieving our goals. This work ethic will allow us to do great things with this team in the upcoming years.�

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