Tanager wrestlers dominate in season-opener

If Tuesday's season-opening triangular is any indication, it's going to be another winter of excitement and high achievement for Vermillion's wrestlers.

The Tanagers, led again by head coach Joe Delvaux, blistered Lennox 70-6 and dominated Brandon Valley 47-13 at the Lennox gym.

Against the Orioles Vermillion won all seven of the matches decided on the mat, six of them by pin.  Brett Bye put the clamps on Matthew Mazourek at 103 pounds to start the dual on the right foot.  Niko Cruz pinned Adam Petrich at 145, Bennett Johnson followed with a pin over Tyler Kock at 152 pounds, and Chris Mart pinned Dylan Klinghagen at 171 pounds.

Vermillion's strength at the heaviest weights continued unabated from last winter when Nick Mart scored a major decision over Austin Lynde at 189, Will Mart pinned Chris Plucker at 215, and heavyweight Chase Allen pinned Erich Frazeur.

Regan Bye at 112, T.J. North at 119, Lance Burkhart at 1430 and Tanner Mart at 160 all won by forfeit.

Against Brandon Valley Brett Bye and Regan Bye opened the dual with wins at 103 and 112, respectively.  Brett scored a 10-3 decision over Adam Presler while Regan decisioned Braden Heidbrink, 12-9.

North's first match of the year was a 21-9 major decision over Noah Halma.  Earl Kiertzner started with a pin over Nate Manger at 135 pounds.  Burkhart shut out Andrew Amundson 7-0 in his first action on the mat.  Johnson decisioned James Burkman 7-2.

The Marts gave VHS four straight wins, starting with a win by Tanner over Danny Larson at 160, followed by Chris' 17-1 technical fall win over Garrett Bratland, Nick's pin of Sam Seydel and Will's 19-4 technical fall over Mike Vigants.  Allen finished the dual with a 3-1 win over Dylan Treloar.

The VHS grapplers go to Roosevelt's invitational on Saturday, then will be the first VHS winter sports team to compete at home on Tuesday when Tea Area and Madison come for a triangular starting at 5:30.

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