Tanager grappler season ends with two placing at state

Tanager grappler season ends with two placing at state
The Vermillion High School wrestling season ended with two grapplers placing in the state tournament held Feb. 24-25 in Watertown.

The top five point-getters in the tournament were:

Sturgis, 179.5; Canton, 149; Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 113; Mitchell, 112; and Watertown, 111.


Vermillion placed 18th in the tournament by scoring 31 points.

Individual results

135 � Kyle Hubert placed third.

160 � Luke Heine placed fifth.

First round

103 � JR Moore (Ver) won by decision over Kade Klippenstein (HS) 3-2.

119 � Corbin Surat (AC) won by decision over Ryan O'Connor (Ver) 9-4.

135 � Kyle Hubert (Ver) WBF over Derek Johnson (AC) in 3:08.

140 � Travis Kubal (Win) WBF over Tanner Mart (Ver) in 1:00.

152 � Ryan Erhardt (RCC) won by decision over Nick Mart (Ver) 5-3.

160 � Luke Heine (Ver) won by decision over Kyle Larson (Mit) 7-2.

Quarter finals

103 � Lance Habeck (AC) won by decision over JR Moore (Ver) 3-0.

135 � Kyle Hubert (Ver) won by decision over Derek Johnson (AC) 12-7.

160 � Ryan Murphy (Stu) won by decision over Luke Heine (Ver) 8-4.

First Round Wrestlebacks

119 � Eric Nelson (RCC) won by a technical fall over Ryan O'Connor (Ver) 17-2.

140 � Morgan Thomason (AC) WBF over Tanner Mart (Ver) in 2:47.

152 � Scott Szuggar (Pierre) won by decision over Nick Mart (Ver) 3-2.

Second round

wrestlebacks

103 � Eric Borns (Mil) won by major decision over JR Moore (Ver) 12-2.

160 � Luke Heine (Ver) won by decision over Myles Riesdesel (Mad) 8-3.

Semifinals

135 � Josh Schmeichel (Mil) won by decision over Kyle Hubert (Ver) 5-3.

Third round

wrestlebacks

160 � Luke Heine (Ver) WBF over Greg Beynon (Wat) in 0:25.

Fourth round

wrestlebacks

135 � Kyle Hubert (Ver) won by injury default over Mike Knudson (SFR).

160 � Laird Klippenstein (HS) won by decision over Luke Heine (Ver) 10-6.

Finals

135 � Kyle Hubert (Ver) won by decision over Tom Davies (Can) 9-5.

160 � Luke Heine (Ver) won by decision over Kyle Hendersen (Douglas) 4-3.

"The Vermillion wrestling team ended its season with two individuals placing at the state tournament. Senior Kyle Hubert placed third in the 135-pound weight class and sophomore Luke Heine placed fifth in the 160-pound weight class," said coach Casey O'Connor. "Hubert ended his high school wrestling career with an impressive finish. He is a five-time state qualifier and has placed fourth, third twice, and second at the South Dakota Wrestling Tournament throughout his career.

"Hubert is a wrestler and student who will be hard to replace," O'Connor added. "His leadership on the mat and in the practice room will be greatly missed."

The coach noted Heine, a sophomore, qualified for the state tournament last year and set his goals on placing this year. "He had a great tournament and will be a top-ranked competitor for us next year," O'Connor said. "As for the rest of the qualifiers, I feel we are gaining experience with every match. Five of our state qualifiers will be returning next year in addition to two previous year state qualifiers.

"Looking back at our season," the coach added, "I feel our kids continually worked and improved to be successful as a team and as individuals. The Vermillion wrestling squad had a great year and I am especially excited for the years to come for Vermillion wrestling."

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