Vermillion wrestlers came home from Saturday's Rider Invitational at Sioux Falls Roosevelt with two individual champions and two other top-four finishers.
As a team the Tanagers placed seventh among nine teams with 93 points. The three Sioux Falls public schools – Washington, Lincoln and Roosevelt – were 1-2-3 in that order, and Washington and Lincoln claimed seven of the 14 champions.
Vermillion's men on the top step of the medal stand were freshman Brett Bye at 138 pounds and senior Will Mart at 285 pounds.
Bye won a 3-2 decision over Lincoln's Landon Stroud to capture his title while Mart won by a 5-2 count over Harrisburg's Dylan Van Steenberg for his gold medal.
The first tournament of Brenden Raizola's senior season resulted in a third-place medal for him at 132 pounds. He defeated Tea Area's Trayce Rutoseinen, 5-3, in his third-place match.
The other Tanager placer was Carter Kratz, who came home fourth in the 120-pound class.
Vermillion competes this Saturday at the Yankton Invitational and next Thursday in a dual at West Central.
In the season-opening competition in a dual at Lennox on Nov. 29, the Tanagers prevailed by a 57-24 team score.
Eight of the 14 weight classes found one team or the other open and giving away forfeit points. Vermillion won six of those for 36 team points but also won four of the six matches actually wrestled, outscoring the Orioles in team points in those matches by 21-12.
Brandon Steenholdt, 113-pound senior, got it rolling for VHS with a decision win over Matt Mazourek. Marquese Tayborn, 126-pound freshman, also won by decision. Brandon Hertz, freshman at 152, and Alex Osborne, 160-pound sophomore, both won by decisions to increase the Tanager lead.
Dan Goeden, senior wrestling at 195 pounds, lost his match, and Gage Peck lost at 220 in the two wrestled matches captured by the Orioles.