Tanager wrestlers place second at Yankton


Vermillion won four of five duals and placed second in the Yankton Invitational Tournament, losing only to Class "B" powerhouse Canton in what proved to be the tourney's championship match.

"It was a good day. It just didn't end the way I wanted it to," said Coach Joe Delvaux.

The Tanagers dominated Harrisburg 51-19, Norfolk 43-23, West Central 53-20 and Yankton 41-24 to set the stage for the showdown with Canton.  The C-Hawks had the answer there, however, winning seven of the 10 matches decided on the mat in a 37-33 victory.

Vermillion picked up 24 of its 33 points on four forfeit wins, but Earl Kiertzner at 130 pounds, Tanner Mart at 160 and Chris Mart at 171 also won by decision.

"We gave up too many bonus points and pin points," Delvaux said.  "They took advantage of the mismatches and earned the victory."

Kiertzner and Chris Mart both had perfect 5-0 days in wrestling five matches.  Brett Bye and T.J. North were also 5-0 although each won once by forfeit.  Lance Burkhart, Tanner Mart and Gerrit Heine were 4-1, and Nick Mart was 3-0.

The JV side of the Yankton tournament saw more forfeits than matches actually wrestled.  Technically the Tanagers went 2-3, edging Harrisburg and defeating West Central while losing to Canton, Yankton and Norfolk.  Josh Callahan at 119 pounds scored three pins in JV competition while Brandon Steenboldt at 112, Alex Osborne at 145 and Chase Allen at 285 each scored a pin.

In the first Class "A" ratings of the season, Vermillion was third behind Sturgis and Rapid City Stevens in points accumulated by individually rated wrestlers.  North is ranked No. 1 in the state at 112 pounds, Tanner Mart second at 160, Kiertzner third at 130, Nick Mart third at 189, Will Mart fourth at 215, Heine fourth at 285, Brett Bye fifth at 103, Chris Mart fifth at 171 and Burkhart sixth at 135.

In team dual rankings Vermillion is rated fifth behind Sturgis, Stevens, Aberdeen Central and Rapid City Central.

After a dual at West Central last night, the Tanagers will next see action at Sioux Falls Lincoln's power-packed tournament Dec. 28-29.

VHS 51, Harrisburg 19
103: Brett Bye (V) dec. Paulson 8-3.  112: T.J. North (V) p. Schmit 5:09.  119: Drew Brown (H) dec. Regan Bye 8-4.  125: Dalton Schneider (H) maj. dec. Tony Henderson 11-1.  130: Earl Kiertzner (V) p. Peyton Sim 0:17.  135: Lance Burkhart (V) p. Ben Fuhr 1:59.  140: Jacob Devine (H) p. Niko Cruz 5:50.  145: Bennet Johnson (V) dec. Schenk 4-2.  152: Landon Peterson (H) p. Andrew McCann 0:52.  160: Tanner Mart (V) p. Hudson 3:29.  171: Chris Mart (V) p. Van Steenberg.  189: Chase Allen (V) fft.  215: Will Mart (V) fft.  285: Gerrit Heine (V) dec. Creel 2-1.

VHS 43, Norfolk 23
103: Brett Bye (V) p. Mueller 1:18.  112: T.J. North (V) p. Austin 3:38.  119: Daniel Jumm (N) dec. Regan Bye 12-6.  125: Tony Henderson (V) p. Cleveland 1:06.  130: Earl Kiertzner (V) p. Zahr 2;21.  135: Lance Burkhart (V) dec. Anderson 4-1.  140: Mitch Lienemann (N) maj. dec. Niko Cruz 14-2.  145: Colby Lind (N) p. Bennet Johnson 4:57.  152: Thomas Ellenberger (N) p. Andrew McCann 5:00.  160: Tanner Mart (V) maj. dec. Sudbeck 16-2.  171: Chris Mart (V) p. Vonderhoe 4:00.  189: Nick Mart (V) p. Moman 2:30.  215: Tanner Heiderman (N) maj. dec. Will Mart 11-2.  285: Gerrit Heine (V) dec. Wichman 11-4.

VHS 53, West Central 20
103: Brett Bye (V) p. Hastings 1:13.  112: T.J. North (V) p. Pearson 0:57.  119: Regan Bye (V) p. Gacke 2:14.  125: Cody Miller (WC) p. Tony Henderson 1:40.  130: Earl Kiertzner (V) p. Erickson 0:56.  135: Lance Burkhart (V) fft.  140: Casey Lowe (WC) dec. Niko Cruz 8-1.  145: Bennet Johnson (V) tech. fall Pennock 18-2.  152: Zach Mettler (WC) tech. fall Tanner Mart 8-5.  171: Chris Mart (V) p. Hastiangs.  189: Michael Jensen (WC) dec. Chase Allen 8-5.  215: Will Mart (V) p. Kapperman 1;45.  285: Gerrit Heine (V) fft.

VHS 41, Yankton 24
103: Brett Bye (V) dec. Skillingstad 8-3.  112: T.J. North (V) p. Huber 1:11.  119: Ryan Lammers (Y) p. Regan Bye 3:17.  125: Mark Vetter (Y) p. Tony Henderson 0:37.  130: Earl Kiertzner (V) dec. Smith 6-2.  135: Lance Burkhart (V) dec. Dempsey 6-5.  140: Gabe Messler (Y) p. Niko Cruz 0:43.  145: Jason Stuen (Y) dec. Bennet Johnson 3-1.  152: Andrew McCann (V) dec. Woehl 6-1.  160: Tanner Mart (V) p. Silvernail 1:26.  171: Chris Mart (V) p. Schiltz 1:16.  189: Nick Mart (V) tech. fall Connel 4:15.  215: Will Mart (V) p. Schloss 3:12.  285: Brice Sayler (Y) dec. Gerrit Heine 7-3.

Canton 37, VHS 33
103: Brett Bye (V) fft.  112: T.J. North (V) fft.  119: Alex Davies (C) p. Regan Bye 3:00.  125: Tyler Halverson (C) p. Tony Henderson 1;32.  130: Earl Kiertzner (V) dec. Sehr 8-2.  135: Jeremiah Peterson (C) dec. Lance Burkhart 5-3.  140: Kirby Boyer (C) tech. fall Niko Cruz 18-3.  145: Logan Dolan (C) p. Bennet Johnson 5:53.  152: Parker Swanson (C) p. Andrew McCann 1:39.  160: Tanner Mart (V) dec. Peterson 8-2.  171: Chris Mart (V) dec. Myrabo 7-3.  189: Nick Mart (V) fft.  215: Jim Doyle (C) p. Will Mart 1:21.  285: Gerrit Heine (V) fft.

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