Vermillion wrestlers rack up wins before facing tough times at Yankton Invite

Vermillion’s Will Mart competes in a match during the Yankton Invitational last Saturday. Mart, Brett Bye and Regan Bye were named to the all-tournament team there. (Photo by James D. Cimburek/P&D)

Vermillion's wrestlers stood at 4-4 in duals as this third week of the season began and the Tanagers looked forward to their next dual at West Central last night (Thursday).

Vermillion is now idle until competing Dec. 29-30 at the Floyd Farrand Invitational at Sioux Falls Lincoln, a meet where the strongest possible field of both "A" and "B" wrestling teams will be waiting.

After opening the season with a dual win at Lennox, the Tanagers swept both ends of a triangular against Madison and Tea Area on Dec. 6, edging Madison 40-33 and taking down Tea Area 44-27.

Then in last Saturday's Yankton Invitational, Vermillion went 1-4, defeating Harrisburg, 48-36, but losing to Brandon Valley, 44-33; to West Central, 47-36; to Yankton, 53-21, and to Canton, 51-23.  Brett Bye, Regan Bye and Will Mart were named to the all-tournament team there.

Vermillion won eight matches in the victory over Madison, five of them by pins.  Brandon Steenholdt pinned Madison's Kaiden Davis in 1:15 at 113 pounds; Brett Bye pinned Brendon Waldner in 1:00 at 138; Regan Bye pinned Colin Johnson in 1:58 at 145; Brandon Hertz pinned Josh Lentsch in 1:42 at 152, and Mart pinned Blake Gusso in 5:46 at 220.

The other Tanager winners were Kyle Seibel at 106, decisioning Bailey Mennis, 8-2; Carter Kratz at 120, decisioning D.J. Redlin, 15-5, and Damarius Cheeseman at 170, winning 9-8 over Tyler Heeren.

Losing by pins were Josh Callahan at 126, Marquese Tayborn at 132, Dan Goeden at 182 and Gage Peck at 285.  Alex Osborne dropped a 6-4 decision at 160 pounds, and the Tanagers forfeited at 195.

Vermillion and Tea Area evenly split 10 matches actually wrestled in their dual, but three forfeit wins gave the Tanagers 18 additional team points.  Three Vermillion wins were by huge scores – Seibel's 14-1 win over Jacob Elkins, Kratz's 16-3 victory over Tyler Phelps, and Brett Bye's 19-3 technical fall over Jared Morris.  The other wins were pins by Osborne in 54 seconds over Garret Welsh and by Mart in 1:25 over Brendan Bauman.

Steenholdt, Callahan, Tayborn and Cheeseman lost by pins, and Goeden dropped an 8-4 decision in the other matches.

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