Wins, losses pinned to VHS wrestlersâ�?�? season By Parker Knox
Sportswriter Local fans hungering to see Vermillion's wrestling juggernaut in action at home haven't had that chance since a week before Christmas, but that will change next Tuesday when the Tanagers entertain Beresford and Dakota Valley in a triangular at the VHS gym at 5:30 p.m. It will be the first of two home dates to close the fast-concluding wrestling season. Sioux Falls Washington comes to town for a Feb. 12 dual, the regular-season finale, then the Tanagers will focus on the regional meet at Hartford on Feb. 19-20. Canton Triangular Vermillion won once and lost once in its two duals at a triangular meet in Canton on Jan. 22, losing to the host C-Hawks for the second time this season, 44-25, but defeating Watertown of the Eastern South Dakota Conference in a dual that went down to the final match, 38-33. "We were right there with them midway through the match," Coach Joe Delvaux said of the Canton dual. "It was a great wrestling atmosphere, but they just pulled away from us." One big difference between the latest Canton dual and the one in December was that the C-Hawks had their 160-pound star, Tom Davies, back from the injured list this time while the Tanagers were without Tanner Mart, who won against Canton last month but who later was lost for the year due to injury. That resulted in at least a 10-point swing in team points. The Tanagers won five of the 14 matches against Canton. The undefeated T.J. North, along with Earl Kiertzner and Andrew Eidem, won by pin while J.R. Moore won by major decision and Gerrit Heine by decision. A particularly bright spot for Vermillion in the Watertown dual was that Jeff Anglin, who had been sidelined because of illness but who had just recently returned to competition, scored a pin in his 140-pound match. Still the dual came down to the heavyweight match with the Tanagers leading by 34-33. "We just put it in Heine's hands again," Delvaux said, "and he pulled it off again." Heine scored a major decision in his match to lift Vermillion to victory. Harrisburg Invitational The Tanagers left Harrisburg assuming the folks there had figured correctly and, as announced, Milbank had edged Vermillion by 1 1/2 points for the team title but not quite sure how that had happened, considering that VHS had seven men in the championship round alone. A week later, after a recount at Harrisburg, word came that the Tanagers had indeed won the team title by a substantial margin. T.J. North, Lance Burkhart, Nick Mart and Gerrit Heine brought home championships in their respective weight classes. At 112 pounds North stayed unbeaten for the year at 21-0 and didn't leave much doubt in the process. North scored a major decision, 19-7, over Roosevelt's Josh Satlak to climax his all-victorious day. Burkhart realized his championship at 125 pounds with a 10-8 decision over Washington's Nate Larson in their final match. Mart's title at 189 pounds came with a comfortable 15-4 major decision over Milbank's Jeff Trapp. Heine ended the tournament with a pin in 1:51 over Harrisburg's Brady Andrews in the heavyweight class. Earl Kiertzner, 130 pounds; Andrew Eidem, 145 pounds, and Chris Mart, 160, all reached their championship matches and finished with second-place medals. Brad Orr was the third-place finisher at 152 pounds, and J.R. Moore placed fourth at 135 pounds. VHS 38, Watertown 33 103: Alex Burghardt (W) pinned Joey Mueller, 4:30. 112: T.J. North (V) pinned Ethan Urban, 2:47. 119: Ryan Lappegard (W) pinned Tony Henderson, 0:52. 125: Lance Burkhart (V) dec. Logan Pearson, 4-2. 130: Sawyer Hoffman (W) dec. Earl Kiertzner, 7-4. 135: Cameron Mack (W) pinned J.R. Moore, 0:51. 140: Jeff Anglin (W) pinned Brent Solum, 5:27. 145: Andrew Eidem (V) maj. dec. over Scott Stone, 10-1. 152: Brad Orr (W) pinned Jonathon Jost, 1:11. 160: Chris Mart (V) maj. dec. over Austin Manzey, 14-1. 171: Garrett Blankinship (W) pinned Dexter Mehlhaf, 1:16. 189: Nick Mart (V) tech. fall over Tyler Robel, 19-4. 215: Blaine Priest (W) pinned Will Mart, 2:48. Hwt.: Gerrit Heine (V) maj. dec. over Jesse Rhody, 20-9. Canton 44, VHS 25 103: Alex Davies (C) pinned Mueller, 3:29. 112: North (V) pinned Tyler Halverson, 3:15. 119: Nick Sehr (C) pinned Henderson, 1:07. 125: Logan Dolan (C) pinned Burkhart, 6:00. 130: Kiertzner (V) pinned Kase Jacobs, 5:35. 135: Moore (V) maj. dec. over Zach Martens, 14-3. 140: Tyler Johnson (C) maj. dec. over Anglin, 14-2. 145: Eidem (V) pinned Kirby Bowyer, 5:51. 152: Luke Myrabo (C) dec. Orr, 9-3. 160: Tom Davies (C) maj. dec. over Chris Mart, 16-3. 171: Jimmy Doyle (C) pinned Mehlhaf, 2:48. 189: Charles Fox (C) dec. Nick Mart, 8-6. 215: Cameron Hayden (C) pinned Will Mart, 0:56. Hwt.: Heine (V) dec. Austin Ovre, 4-2. Winner Invitational In a power-packed field of 14 teams, Vermillion earned third place at Winner's tournament with 208.5 points, just a half-point behind runner-up Winner and 29.5 ahead of fourth-place Mitchell. Redfield won the team title with 226 points. The Tanagers claimed three individual championships and five third-place winners. T.J. North, the class of the 112-pound division in the state, remained unbeaten and left no doubt in his championship match, whitewashing Redfield's Ben Gillette, 10-0. Andrew Eidem improved to 22-2 for the year in winning at 145 pounds where he earned his title with a 22-5 technical fall victory over Custer's Zach Wager. The other Tanager champion was Nick Mart, who decisioned Winner's Jayd Docken, 10-9, in an exciting final at 189 pounds. Lance Burkhart at 125, Earl Kiertzner at 130, Chris Mart at 160, Will Mart at 215 and Gerrit Heine at heavyweight all captured third-place medals. Brad Orr placed fourth in the 152-pound class. Burkhart finished his day with a 9-1 major decision over Ryan Moncour of Belle Fourche. Kiertzner got his medal with a 10-5 decision over Mitchell's Marcus Easterby. Orr lost his third-place match to Blake Burnham of Winner, 9-2. Chris Mart scored a pin in his third-place match over Derek Fischer of Lennox in 3:49. Will Mart won third with an 8-3 decision over Tate Glaus of Chamberlain. Heine's medal came on a 7-4 win over Milbank's Bill St. Martin.