Vermillionâ�?�?s wrestling season explodes at first tournament By Parker Knox
Sportswriter Vermillion High's wrestling season exploded on the mats with some exhilarating results last week as the Tanagers won a pair of duals and then captured the team championship at their first tournament of the year. Coach Joe Delvaux's matmen will next be in action at Yankton's invitational, starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, and in a home dual against West Central next Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The championship matches at Sioux Falls Roosevelt's invitational Saturday were decorated in Tanager red as 10 Vermillion grapplers reached the final matches in their respective weight classes. Five of them won titles, five were runners-up, two more earned third-place medals, and one brought home fourth-place honors. The Tanagers' 247 team points outdistanced runner-up Washington with 192 for team honors. Fulda/MCC from Minnesota was third with 144.5, followed by Lincoln at 141, Roosevelt at 133, Harrisburg at 117.5, Brandon Valley at 95 and West Central at 74. Sweeping to individual championships were T.J. North at 119 pounds, Earl Kiertzner at 130, Andrew Eidem at 145, Nick Mart at 189 and Gerrit Heine at heavyweight. The second-place wrestlers included Lance Burkhart at 125, Brad Orr at 152, Chris Mart at 160, Tanner Mart at 171 and Will Mart at 215. J.R. Moore at 135 and Bennett Johnson at 140 placed third, and Joey Mueller was fourth at 103 pounds. Opening the season on Dec. 2, the Tanagers crushed Brandon Valley, 66-12, and Lennox, 69-12. Orr, Chris Mart and Will Mart won against both opponents, and North, Burkhart, Kiertzner, Moore, Eidem, Tanner Mart, Nick Mart and Heine won their matches against BV foes. Roosevelt Tournament 103, Joey Mueller: Pinned Pearson, WC, 4:07; lost by pin to Larson, SFW, 1:21; dec. O'Connor, SFL, 8-7; lost by pin to Brown, H, 2:14. 112, Josh Callahan: Lost by pin to Kluis, F-MCC, 1:22. 119, T.J. North: Pinned Reiner, WC, 4:52; won by tech. fall over Disanto, SFL, 15-0; pinned Jans, SFW, 2:49. 125, Lance Burkhart: Pinned Angerhofer, BV, 5:09; dec. Waterman, SFL, 7-6; lost by major dec. to Larson, SFW, 10-01. 130, Earl Kiertzner: Pinned Fuhr, H, 2:54; pinned Lahren, SFL, 3:12; dec. DeVaney, SFW, 2-1. 135, J.R. Moore: Won by tech. fall over Lowe, WC, 15-0; lost by pin to Reinsma, F-MCC, 2:01; pinned Hanson, SFL, 0:38; pinned Anderson, SFR, 1:43. 140, Bennet Johnson: Lost by pin to McIntire, SFR, 5:39; dec. Peterson, H, 5-2; dec. Anderson, F-MCC, 5-2; dec. Carmichael, SFW, 5-2. 145, Andrew Eidem: Pinned Jankowski, SFR, 3:00; pinned Schenk, H, 3:11; pinned Sandhurst, F-MCC, 0:39. 152, Brad Orr: Pinned Doom, SFW, 2:10; dec. Beach, F-MCC, 9-7; lost by dec. to Weber, WC, 5-4. 160, Chris Mart: Dec. Berkelo, SFL, 6-2; Pinned Mettler, WC, 2:16; lost by dec. to McIntire, SFR, 7-2. 171, Tanner Mart: Dec. Bratland, BV, 8-2; dec. O'Farrell, SFW, 9-3; lost by dec. to Henning, F-MCC, 6-2. 189, Nick Mart: First-round bye; won by default over Seydel, BV; dec. Peterson, WC, 9-8. 215, Will Mart: Dec. Radke, F-MCC, 8-5; dec. Semmler, SFW, 4-3; lost by pin to Harris, H, 1:33. 275, Gerrit Heine: Pinned Treloar, BV, 1:06; won by major dec. over Flanders, H, 14-5; dec. Bissell, SFL, 6-3. VHS 69, B. Valley 12 103: Enbracht (BV) won by forfeit. 112: Helma (BV) pinned Mueller. 119: North (V) pinned Miller. 125: Burkhart (V) pinned Angelhofer. 130: Kiertzner (V) pinned Gardner. 135: Moore (V) pinned Monger. 140: Johnson (V) pinned Burkman. 145: Eidem (V) pinned Ode. 152: Orr (V) pinned Ode. 160: Chris Mart (V) pinned Uecker. 171: Tanner Mart (V) pinned Bratland. 189: Nick Mart (V) pinned Snyder. 215: Will Mart (V) pinned Paulson. 275: Heine (V) pinned Treloar. VHS 66, Lennox 12 112: Maznurek (L) pinned Mueller. 152: Orr (V) pinned Clark. 160: Chris Mart (V) dec. Jorgensen, 5-3. 215: Will Mart (V) pinned Lynde. All other weights were forfeits.