VHS Wrestlers’ set stage for regions

A bright spot for the Vermillion wrestling team at Fridays triangular was the return of the Tanagers 140-pound wrestler Lance Burkhart, who was lost at midseason to an injury. He scored an 8-1 decision over his Harrisburg opponent, Brady Marsh. (Photo by David Lias)

Vermillion's wrestlers set the stage for last night's and tonight's regional tournament at Sioux Falls Washington by hosting Harrisburg and Washington for a triangular at the VHS gym last Friday.

Washington pulled away from the Tanagers with three late forfeit wins in classes where Vermillion had no available wrestlers. The Warriors also won five of nine matches that were wrestled on their way to a 51-27 dual win.

The Tanagers won three matches on the mats in a 50-22 loss to Harrisburg in the evening's other dual.

One of the night's bright spots for Vermillion was the return to form of Lance Burkhart, who was lost at midseason to an injury. The Tanagers' 140-pound wrestler won by technical fall, 21-6, against Washington and scored an 8-1 decision over his Harrisburg opponent.

Another double winner was 160-pounder Dexter Mehlhaf. He won by pin in 3:30 against the Warriors and scored a 12-3 major decision against the Tigers.

Will Mart at 215 pounds pinned his Warrior opponent in 1:14 and scored a 2-1 decision against Harrisburg's Dylan Van Steenberg.

The other Vermillion winner was Brett Bye at 112, who scored a 15-4 major decision against Washington. Bye lost by technical fall, 16-1, in the Harrisburg dual.

The Region 2A tournament concludes at Washington's gym tonight (Friday) with the top four placers at each weight class qualifying for next week's state tournament at the Sioux Falls Arena.

Washington 51, VHS 27

103: Marquise Tayborn lost by pin, 1:18, to David Potratz.

112: Brett Bye maj. dec. 15-4 over Grant Rosheim.

119: Joey Mueller lost by pin, 2:52, to Jordan Glover.

125: Brenden Raizola lost by pin, 3:10, to Blake Jans.

130: Regan Bye won by forfeit.

135: Brandon Hertz lost dec. 6-4 (O.T.) to Mason Jones.

140: Lance Burkhart tech. fall 21-6 over Zac Freese.

152: Paul May lost by pin, 3:14, to Dan Marlette.

160: Dexter Mehlhaf won by pin, 3:30, over Taylor Auringer.

171: Forfeited to Cody Doorn.

189: Forfeited to Trey Crisp-Peterson.

215: Will Mart won by pin, 1:14, over Chris Vroman.

Hwt.: Forfeited to Dillin Wiland.

Harrisburg 50, VHS 22

103: Tayborn lost tech. fall 16-0 to Zach Gross.

112: Brett Bye lost tech. fall 16-1 to Trenton Schmit.

119: Mueller lost by pin, 1:48, to Dalton Schneider.

125: Raizola won by forfeit.

130: Regan Bye won by forfeit.

135: Hertz lost maj. dec. 16-2 to Payton Sim.

140: Burkhart dec. 8-1 over Brady Marsh.

145: Alex Osborne lost by pin to Jake Devine.

152: May lost by pin, 1:06, to Mitchell Schenk.

160: Forfeited to Thomas Hudson.

171: Mehlhaf maj. dec. 12-3 over Matt Schirado.

189: Forfeited to Nic Selchert.

215: Mart dec. 2-1 over Dylan Van Steenberg.

Hwt.: Forfeited to Taylor Harris.

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