By Scott Bormann
After two days (Dec. 27-28) of intense grappling in the Sioux Falls Lincoln gym, the annual holiday 18-team tournament crowned 14 individual champions and the Parkston Trojans as the team champions.
Luckily for all except three of their victims, since Parkston is a Class B school, they do not have to fight past them at State. Parkston, behind a pair of individual champs and 10 other place winners, scored 220 points. This easily put them well ahead of second-place Sturgis who scored 179 points.
Sioux Falls Roosevelt in third place, Canton in sixth, Wagner in eighth, and Vermillion in ninth each had a pair of individual champs crowned. Sturgis, Sioux Falls Washington in fifth place, Brookings in seventh, and Howard in 13th each had a single individual champ.
Both of Vermillion’s champions, Regan Bye (145 lbs.) and Brett Bye (152 lbs.), are among the six competitors who are still undefeated this season. The cousins are both 14-0. Canton also has a pair of undefeated champs, while Wagner and Parkston each have one.
Behind the Bye boys, the Tanagers (91 pts.) scored with five other place-winners. Brandon Hertz went 3-3 to place sixth at 160 lbs. Trey Hage (106 lbs.), Kyle Seibel (113 lbs.), Alex Osborne (170 lbs.), Seth Heine (182 lbs.) each went 2-3 to take home 8th place.
At 145 lbs., Regan Bye started out by pinning Will Kilgorne (Harrisburg) in 1 minute and 18 seconds. He then pinned Chase Stoebner (Parkston) in 4:55, then won by default against Tanner Fridreich (Tea). He won the championship by defeating Nick Hanson (Brookings) in a 5-2 decision.
Brett Bye had similar results in the tourney at 152 lbs. He pinned Cole Eidem (Brookings) in 2:52, then Even Kizer (Howard) in 1:21, and Caleb Karrels (Sturgis) in 5:34. He won the crown by beating Weslee Dvorak (Parkston) in a 4-0 decision.
Hertz (160 lbs.) started out by pinning Tyker Reil (Milbank) in 1:26, then lost a major decision to Tanner Henkel (Howard) 11-2. After receiving a bye to advance, he came back to beat Nathan Werdell (Sturgis) in a 1-0 overtime decision. Hertz was then pinned by Luke Rieter (SF Washington) in 4:13. He finished by losing a 9-4 decision to Wyatt Winter (Brandon Valley).
Hage (106 lbs.) lost a 6-5 decision to Cole Halouska (Lennox), but came back to pin Braden Phelps (Tea) in 2:36, and pinned Brady Krause (Milbank) in 3:52. After loosing a 4-2 decision to Trait Johnson (Garretson), he had to face Halouska from Lennox again. The Oriel won another close match 8-6.
Seibel (113 lbs.) beat Dawson Kremlacek (Brandon Valley) in a 12-5 decision. He was then pinned in 1:18 by eventual champ Kahlen Morris (SF Roosevelt). Seibel came back to beat Jared Fitzgeral (Garretson) in a 8-2 decision before being pinned by Kyle Tulwetzke (Watertown) in 2:44. He was pinned at the buzzer of the first period of his final match against Wesley Weischedel (Lennox) in 2:00.
Osborne (170 lbs.) pinned Spencer Heidbrink (Brandon Valley) in 2:43, but then was himself pinned by Tate McVay (Strurgis) in 3:51. He beat Austin Scheuers (Canton) in a 3-1 decision before losing to Dorian Simpson (SF Washingtion) in an 8-5 decision. Osborne lost his third match of day, and only the third of the season, when he lost to Kaleb Haas (Howard) in a 5-1 decision.
Heine (182 lbs.) pinned Patric Sproles (SF O’Gorman) in 3:05, was in turn pinned by Wyatt Resman (Brookings) in 2.41, then beat Josh Wesley (SF Lincoln) in an 8-2 decision. He was pinned by Caleb York (SF Washington) in 4:31 and Josh Lesley (Canton) in 4:56.
The Tanagers could have faired better with a few close calls going the other way. Trey Hage (106 lbs.) lost his three matches by a total of five points. Since two of those losses were against conference foe Lennox, he should have plenty of chances to avenge those losses before this season is out.
If Kyle Seibel (113 lbs.) could have lasted one more second in his final match, he would have been saved by the buzzer. This would have given him the chance to make a comeback and win seventh place.
If Alex Osborne (170 lbs.) could have lasted another nine seconds in his second match, he would have been saved by the second period buzzer. He may have turned that into a victory, allowing him to place much higher.
The Vermillion wrestling team next travel to Dakota Dunes to dual against Dakota Valley/Elk Point-Jefferson on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 5:30 p.m.