A three-event stretch during which Vermillion's wrestlers will make their only home appearances of the entire regular season began last night (Thursday) in a dual against a powerful Canton team.
Next up for VHS matmen will be home duals against Rapid City Stevens and Rapid City Central next Friday, Jan. 27. That will be followed by a triangular with Beresford and Dakota Valley on Jan. 30. Then the Tanagers will go back to the road for the rest of their regular season until the Region 2A Tournament, which VHS will host this year on Feb. 16-17.
Last weekend Vermillion placed seventh among 12 schools at the Harrisburg Invitational where Sisseton won the team title with 171.5 points. Sioux Falls Roosevelt was second and the host Tigers third, with 138.5 and 132.5 points, respectively. The Tanagers accumulated 97 points.
As dependable as the sun rising and setting each day, Brett Bye won another individual championship for VHS, claiming the 132-pound division as his own. He completed his run through his bracket with a 14-5 victory over Roosevelt's Zach Determan in their championship match.
Will Mart reached the finals at 285 pounds before losing 4-3 to Scotland's Dan Stibral and settling for second place. Carter Kratz earned third-place honors at 120 pounds, winning his medal with a 6-4 decision over Tea Area's Trayce Ruotsatainen in the third-place match.
Regan Bye and Brandon Hertz placed fourth in the 138- and 145-pound divisions, respectively. Both men lost their third-place matches to wrestlers from Fulda/Murray County Central (Minn.), Bye on a 1:56 pin and Hertz on a 5-3 decision.