Six pins by West Central wrestlers more than offset three pins and a decision by Vermillion matmen as the Trojans defeated the Tanagers in a Big 8 Conference dual on the Vermillion mat, 48-34, last Thursday night.
Brett Bye moved up to 119 pounds and scored a 1:25 pin over West Central�s Gerrit Pearson to get the Tanagers on the scoreboard. They also gained 12 points on forfeit wins in favor of Brenden Raizola and Regan Bye.
The next victory on the mat came from Lance Burkhart at 145 with a 9-1 major decision over Brandon Gray. They weren't enough to catch West Central, but two pins to end the dual by Will Mart and Jake Knutson ended the evening on a positive note for the home team. Mart took only 1:14 to put Bryce Hanisch to the mat at 215 pounds, and heavyweight Knutson did the same to Caleb Kaas in 1:09.
The Tanagers will face some of their toughest competition of the year Monday and Tuesday when they go to the Floyd Farrand Invitational at Sioux Falls Lincoln.
West Central 48, VHS 34
103: Josh Mettler (WC) won by forfeit.
112: Cole Tirrel (WC) pinned Joey Mueller, 3:32.
119: Brett Bye (V) pinned Gerrit Pearson, 1:25.
125: Skyler Hastings (WC) pinned Sineway Marshall, 0:25.
130: Brenden Raizola (V) won by forfeit.
135: Matt Lawrence (WC) pinned Brandon Hurtz, 2:50.
140: Regan Bye (V) won by forfeit.
145: Lance Burkhart (V) maj. dec. Brandon Gray, 9-1.
152: Colin Kelly pinned Alex Osborne, 1:30.
160: Tyler Stolsmark pinned Dexter Mehlhaf, 1:46.
171: Tim Weber (WC) won by forfeit.
189: Spencer Hastings (WC) pinned Seth Heine, 1:00.
215: Will Mart (V) pinned Bryce Hanisch, 1:14.
285: Jake Knutson (V) pinned Caleb Kaas, 1:09.