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Posted Mar 11/12 - Tanagers Bring Home Medals
Thursday, March 8th, 2012
VHS grapplers bring home two medals from state
Published: Thursday, March 8th, 2012
Vermillion's wrestling season ended at the state Class "A" tournament in Aberdeen last weekend with medals for one third-place finisher and one man in fourth place.As a team the Tanagers accumulate
Posted Feb 27/12 - Tanager State Qualifiers
Tanager wrestlers who have qualified for the Class “A” wrestling tournament are Brandon Steenholdt, 113 pounds (12th grade),Carter Kratz , 120 pounds (seventh grade),Brett Bye 132 pounds (ninth grade), Alex Osborne 170 pounds (10th grade), Regan Bye 138 pounds (9th grade), and Avery Garcia 182 pounds (11th grade). Not Pictured William Mart 285 pounds (12th grade).

Posted Feb 27/12 - Vermillion Tanagers Complete Season
The State tournament is over and the Tanager Wrestling team can be very proud of themselves. Their sportmanship and conduct over the wrestling season was something we can all admire...whether they won or lost they were simpley the best showing themselves to be gentlemen at all times. Wrestling is a tough sport and you are not always rewarded for your effort. The Tanagers never gave anything but the best example for the youngsters watching them. That was not true of all the students representing their towns. This season is over but we can all proudly look forward to next year. Congratulations to all the wrestlers on a fine year.
Posted Feb 27/12 - State Tournament
Class A

ABERDEEN — The Pierre Governors became the first Eastern South Dakota and first East River wrestling program to win a Class A title since 2003 when it beat out Huron, Rapid City Central and Sturgis for top honors in the South Dakota State Class A Tournament on Saturday at the Barnett Center on the Northern State University campus.

Pierre finished at 158 points, with Huron 145 and Rapid City Central 143. Sturgis finished fourth at 132.5, followed by Mitchell (110) and defending champion Rapid City Stevens (102).

Since Watertown won the Class B title in 2003, Sturgis won five titles, Stevens won two and Winner won once.

Led by the Lambert twins, Dakota Valley finished at 40 points. Tanner Lambert led the way, upending Stevens’ Cody Benne for the heavyweight title. Taylor Lambert finished sixth at 220 pounds.

Vermillion finished with 37 points, as Brett Bye — upset in the semifinals for his only loss of the season — finished third at 132 pounds with a major decision over Rapid City Central’s Evan Weiler. Teammate Will Mart finished fourth, pinned by Rapid City Central’s Jake Weber at heavyweight.

Yankton finished with 35.5 points, led by Logan Smith’s third place finish at 145 pounds. Smith beat out Dell Rapids’ Tyler Gee, who handed Smith a semifinal setback, by injury default.

Also for Yankton, Casey Skillingstad finished sixth at 132 pounds. Skillingstad dropped a 6-0 decision to Washington’s Dylan Larson.

Yankton will return seven of the eight wrestlers it qualfied for state, including Skillingstad, a two-time state placewinner.

Posted Feb 18/12 - Hall of Fame

Seven To Be Inducted Into S.D. Wrestling HOF

Published: Saturday, February 18, 2012 1:08 AM CST
PARKSTON — Seven men, including natives from Vermillion, Freeman and Parkston, will be inducted into the South Dakota High School Wrestling Coaches Association (SDHSWCA) Hall of Fame during the state tournaments next weekend.

Hazen Bye (Vermillion), Al Bowar (Parkston), Mike Pankratz (Freeman), John Schiley (Webster) and Brian DeJong (Clear Lake), as well as Howard coach Ken Ruml and former S.D. High School Activities Association assistant director Bob Lowery will be inducted for 2012.

Bye and Lowery will be formerly inducted at the State Class A Tournament on Feb. 24-25 in Aberdeen, while the other five will be honored during the State B Tournament in Rapid City.

Bye was a six-time state qualifier, five-time placewinner and three-time state champion for Vermillion, where he was named the outstanding wrestler at the 1984 tournament. He went on to wrestle at South Dakota State.

Bower, a Parkston graduate, was the first SDIC champion for the University of South Dakota-Springfield. He started the wrestling program at Garretson and led the school to 10 conference titles.

Pankratz was a three-time state champion for Freeman from 1986-88. He went to be a four-year starter at SDSU and was the schoo’s first 4-time All American.

For more information, contact Hall of Fame director John Gilman at 605-999-1204.

Posted Feb 18/12 - Region Finals

Bucks Qualify 8 For State

Jeremy Hoeck/P&D Yankton's Levi Davis looks up for instruction from his coaches during a 152-pound consolation semifinal match against Jeffrey Davis of Sioux Falls Lincoln at the Region 2A wrestling tournament in Vermillion.

Wrestling: S.F. Washington Wins Region 2A Title; Yankton, Vermillion Tie For Fourth

Published: Saturday, February 18, 2012 1:08 AM CST
VERMILLION — Local wrestlers punched their final tickets to the Class A State Meet in the Region 2A wrestling tournament on Friday night in Vermillion.

Championship and consolation bouts topped off the evening, but first it was the consolation semifinal matches to decide which athletes would move on to state and which would see their season come to a close.

Yankton’s Spencer Huber, ranked ninth in Class A at 106 pounds, defeated Conner Rowbotham of Brandon Valley in the 106-pound consolation semifinal to start off the evening by virtue of a 7-0 decision to clinch a state meet berth. Huber later claimed third place by defeating Matthew Mazourek of Lennox by a tight 7-4 decision.

Carter Kratz of Vermillion won third place at 120 pounds with a 7-0 decision over Tea Area’s Trayce Ruotsalianen. Kratz’s teammate Brett Bye won the 132-pound title with a major decision victory over Washinton’s Dylan Larson. “Kratz had a great region tourney and Bye wrestled a tough championship match,” Vermillion head coach Kyle Seibel said.

Even those athletes not wrestling for championship matches on Friday still had reason to be excited. “For our kids moving on to state, it is the culmination of hard work all year long, including the summer,” Seibel said. “They’ve earned the right to go to state and in my mind I see some of our kids finishing high on the podium because they’ve worked hard and went the extra mile; the results are not a fluke.”

Casey Skillingstad sealed the 132-pound third place match for the Bucks by pinning Lincoln’s Tyler Nordlund.

Vermillion’s Regan Bye fell in a 2-1 overtime decision in the 138-pound final.

The 145-pound championship match saw Brandon Valley’s Mason Bender defeat Logan Smith of Yankton by virtue of a 5-3 decision. Yankton’s Levi Davis won the 152-pound consolation match with a 14-7 decision. James Hisek added a Buck championship match victory at 160 pounds with a 4-3 decision over Washington’s Michael Buchman.

CJ Warren gave Yantkton yet another championship match victory when he pinned Alex Osborne of Vermillion in the 170-pound final.

“CJ and James both wrestled very smart, intense, physical style matches,” Yankton head coach Ryan Hage said. “I see a lot of good things headed into the state tournament; we’ll see what draws are on Sunday and go from there.

Thomas Kruse of Yankton was third at 195 pounds. Vermillion’s Will Mart used a 5-2 decision to claim third place at 285 pounds.

Washington claimed the team title with 209.5 points. Warrior head coach Marc Murren credited a strong effort on Thursday nigh with the victory. “We had some big upsets yesterday,” Murren said. “We had kids win matches against kids who had already beaten them two or three times this year.”

Washington had two individual champions to lead them to victory. With the region title in hand, the Warriors now turn their focus to the state tourney. “We want to be in the top eight at state and medal as a team,” Murren said.

Sioux Falls Lincoln finished runner-up with 175 points while Brandon Valley was third. Vermillion and Yankton tied for fourth place with 141 points each.

Yankton only saw one wrestler’s season come to an end. Royce Reisner fell to Vermillion’s Will Mart at 285 pounds.

Kyle Seibel (106), Brandon Hertz (152) and Seth Heine (220) all lost their consolation semifinal bouts and are now done for the season.

Dakota Valley saw Tripp Shuey’s (113) and Tyler Schrunk’s (120) seasons come to an end.

Washington’s coach Murren was named Region 2A coach of the year.

The South Dakota Class A Wrestling Tournament will be held Feb. 24-25 in Aberdeen.

TEAM SCORES: Sioux Falls Washington 209.5, Sioux Falls Lincoln 175, Brandon Valley 166, Vermillion 141, Yankton 141, Harrisburg 126, Dakota Valley 74, Lennox 51, Tea Area 36.

106 — 1ST PLACE: David Potratz W dec. Robiel Tesfaldet SFL 5-1. 3RD PLACE: Spencer Huber Y dec. Matthew Mazourek L 7-4. CONS. SEMIFINALS: Mazourek L pin. Kyle Seibel V :29; Huber Y dec. Conner Rowbotham BV 7-0

113 — 1ST PLACE: Grant Rosheim W dec. Adam Presler BV 7-3. 3RD PLACE: Zach Gross H pin. Brandon Steenholdt 2:49. CONS. SEMIFINALS: Steenholdt V forfeit Tripp Shuey DV; Gross H dec. Tanner Fridrich T 2-1

120 — 1ST PLACE: Skyler Castilleja SFL pin. Josh Miller BV 5:22. 3RD PLACE: Carter Kratz V dec. Trayce Ruotosalianen T 7-0. CONS. SEMIFINALS: Kratz V pin. Tyler Schrunk DV 4:15; Routsalianen T dec. Evan Meyer W 4-2

126 — 1ST PLACE: Ryan O’Connor SFL dec. Blake Perryman DV 10-4. 3RD PLACE: Grant Dougherty BV pin. Mason Strahl Y 1:49. CONS. SEMIFINALS: Strahl Y maj. dec. Chayden Fitzsimmons W 12-3; Dougherty BV maj. dec. Austin Heien T 10-2

132 — 1ST PLACE: Brett Bye V maj. dec. Dylan Larson W 11-1. 3RD PLACE: Casey Skillingstad Y pin. Tyler Nordlund SFL 4:24. CONS. SEMIFINALS: Hordlund SFL pin. Jared Morris T 2:29; Skillingstad Y maj. dec. Payton Sim H 12-0

138 — 1ST PLACE: Landon Stroud SFL dec. Regan Bye V 2-1OT. 3RD PLACE: Braden Heidbrink BV maj. dec. Jake Barkema W 10-0. CONS. SEMIFINALS: Barkema W pin. Wyatt Lardy T 4:01; Heidbrink BV maj. dec. Josh Goeman L 10-0

145 — 1ST PLACE: Mason Bender BV dec. Logan Smith Y 5-3. 3RD PLACE: Jake Devine H dec. Peter Bardeson SFL 11-8. CONS. SEMIFINALS: Devine H pin. James May V :28; Bardeson SFL pin. Hunter Kjose L 4:22

152 — 1ST PLACE: Mitchell Schenk H maj. dec. Wyatt Winter BV 11-3. 3RD PLACE: Levi Davis Y dec. Luke Reither SFW 14-7. CONS. SEMIFINALS: Reiter W dec. Brandon Hertz V 4-1; Davis Y dec. Jeffrey Diaz SFL 10-8

160 — 1ST PLACE: James Hisek Y dec. Michael Buchman W 4-3. 3RD PLACE: Seth Haper pin. Tracy Halouska L 4:36. CONS. SEMIFINALS: Halouska L maj. dec. Chris Kuhl T 14-3; Haper SFL pin. Gabe Langner BV

170 — 1ST PLACE: CJ Warren Y pin. Alex Osbourne V 3:48. 3RD PLACE: Chris Taylor SFL pin. Austin Eigenberg BV :13. CONS. SEMIFINALS: Eigenberg BV pin. Cody Kraft H :52; Taylor SFL pin. Ben Garrett W :16

182 — 1ST PLACE: Thomas Hudson H dec. Austin Lynde L 4-2. 3RD PLACE: Dan Marlette W pin. Avery Garcia V :31. CONS. SEMIFINALS: Garcia V default Brandon Burkhart BV; Marlette W forfeit Josh Westley SFL

195 — 1ST PLACE: Collin Lathrop W dec Matt Schirado H 6-4. 3RD PLACE: Thomas Kruse Y pin. Collin Wible BV 1:30. CONS. SEMIFINALS: Wible BV bye; Kruse Y maj. dec. Chris Stokke L 10-2

220 — 1ST PLACE: Devon O’Farrell W pin. Taylor Lambert DV 4:42. 3RD PLACE: Clayton Ebright BV dec Brandon Sylasa SFL 6-3. CONS. SEMIFINALS: Ebright BV dec. Kyle Hansen H 6-1; Sylasa SFL dec. Seth Heine V 5-4

285 — 1ST PLACE: Tanner Lambert DV pinn. Chris Vroman W 3:30. 3RD PLACE: Will Mart V dec Dylan VanSteenberg H 5-2. CONS. SEMIFINALS: Mart V pin. Royce Reisner Y 2:50; Van Steenberg H dec. Josiah McGee BV 1-0

Posted Feb 17/12 - Feb 17/12

Region 2A Action Kicks Off

Vermillion's Brett Bye puts the squeeze on Harrisburg's Payton Sim during their 132-pound match in the Region 2A Wrestling Tournament on Thursday at Vermillion High School. (James D. Cimburek/P&D)

Published: Friday, February 17, 2012 1:08 AM CST
VERMILLION — Yankton, Vermillion and Dakota Valley all left themselves with work to do entering the final day of the Region 2A Wrestling Tournament at Vermillion High School.

The Bucks, Tanagers and Panthers each had three wrestlers advance to today’s (Friday) finals with victories on Thursday’s opening day, but each team had several more wrestlers that will need to win one match today to earn their trip to the South Dakota State Class A Wrestling Tournament, Feb. 24-25 at Aberdeen.

Sioux Falls Washington had the most productive opening day, scoring 168.5 points and sending seven wrestlers to region finals. Brandon Valley is a distant second at 129, followed by Sioux Falls Lincoln (120) and the host Tanagers (104). Yankton is in sixth at 91 points, with Dakota Valley in seventh in the nine-team event with 68 points.

Vermillion will take Brett Bye, the state’s top-ranked 132-pounder, 138-pounder Regan Bye and 170-pounder Alex Osborne to finals matches. Brandon Steenholdt, the Tanagers’ 113-pounder, is not in the finals but is guaranteed a top-four spot due to a wrestler in his class not making weight.

“We had some nice matchups and our boys wrestled well,” said Vermillion head coach Kyle Seibel. “The only disappointment was that last one: Will (Mart) was up 6-0 and got pinned.”

Washington’s Chris Vroman, ranked 12th at heavyweight, pulled off the upset of the seventh-ranked Mart. He will draw Dakota Valley’s Tanner Lambert, an upset winner over third-ranked Dylan Van Steenburg of Harrisburg, in the heavyweight final.

Brett Bye will face Washington’s Dylan Larson, a semifinal winner over Yankton’s Casey Skillingstad, in the 132-pound final. Regan Bye, who drew the top seed at 138, wrestled fifth-ranked Landon Stroud of Lincoln in the final.

“But Brett and Regan wrestled well today. Being the number one seed they’re expected to win like this,” Coach Seibel said. “They will both have tough matches in the final.”

Kyle Seibel (106), Steenholdt (113), Carter Kratz (120), James May (145), Brandon Hertz (152), Avery Garcia (182), Seth Heine (220) and Mart (285) will wrestle in consolation for the Tanagers today, with one win securing a berth in the third place match and the state tournament.

Returning state champion Logan Smith leads the trio of Bucks that have already punched their ticket for Aberdeen. The senior and second-ranked wrestler at 145 pounds scored a major decision over Harrisburg’s Jake Devine in the semifinals to earn a matchup with Brandon Valley’s Mason Bender.

“Smith is a smart wrestler. He knows it’s not about the pin but about advancing,” said Yankton head coach Ryan Hage. “He has a tough matchup with Bender, who’s gone 1-1 against Logan. He does a good job of slowing Logan down.”

James Hisek earned a trip to state at 160 with an opening round pin of Tea Area’s Chris Kuhl and a 5-3 upset over Lincoln’s Seth Haper, the eighth-ranked wrestler in the class. Hisek draws Washington’s Michael Buchman, ranked sixth at 160, in the final.

“Hisek was the third-seeded wrestler and wrestled his way into the finals,” Hage noted.

C.J. Warren, the top seed at 170 pounds, made quick work of his competition on the way to the finals, scoring a 60-second pin over Tea Area’s Matt Fowler and a technical fall over Brandon Valley’s Austin Eigenberg. He draws Vermillion’s Osborne in the final.

Spencer Huber (106), Mason Strahl (126), Skillingstad (132), Levi Davis (152), Thomas Kruse (195) and Royce Reisner (285) step onto the mat today needing one win to go to state.

“We need to come in with guns blazing, get those guys that are alive going to state,” Hage said.

Michael Montoya (120) and Jordan Lightner (220), both first-year varsity wrestlers, saw their seasons end with 0-2 days. Lightner, a freshman, wrestled well in the opening period before falling to Washington’s Devon O’Farrell, the top-ranked wrestler in the state.

“Jordan’s main weakness right now is his lack of experience,” Hage noted. “I’m confident that Jordan’s experience this season was a positive one. He’s going to be a good one if he chooses to stick it out.”

Dakota Valley has qualified the Lambert twins, Taylor (220) and Tanner (285), and 126-pounder Blake Perryman for the finals and for state.

Perryman needed overtime to claim an 8-4 decision over Brandon Valley’s Grant Dougherty in the semifinals. Perryman opened with a pin of Lennox’s Alex Kock. Lincoln’s Ryan O’Connor, ranked 10th, awaits in the final.

Taylor Lambert needed all of 57 seconds to secure pins over Vermillion’s Seth Heine (35 seconds) and Brandon Valley’s Clayton Ebright (22 seconds) to advance to the 220-pound final, where he will face Washington’s O’Farrell.

Tanner Lambert opened with a pin of Tea Area’s Brenden Bauman, then scored a 9-4 decision over Harrisburg’s Dylan Van Steenberg to earn a shot at Washington’s Vroman in the final.

Tyler Schrunk (120) is the only wrestler alive in wrestlebacks for Dakota Valley.

Competition begins at 6 p.m. today at Vermillion High School.


Thursday at Vermillion

Posted Feb 11/12 - Feb 11/12

Wrestling: Washington Sweeps Vermillion, Harrisburg

Published: Saturday, February 11, 2012 1:08 AM CST
HARRISBURG — Sioux Falls Washington scored a pair of easy victories, beating Vermillion and Harrisburg in a wrestling triangular Friday.

Washington beat Vermillion 61-12 and Harrisburg 61-18. For Washington, Chayden Fitzsimmons (126) and Jake Barkema (138) went 2-0 with two pins.

Brett Bye (132) went 2-0 for Vermillion, which beat Harrisburg 42-30. Jake Devine (145) and Mitchell Schenk (152) went 2-0 with two pins for Harrisburg.

WASHINGTON 61, VERMILLION 12: 106 — David Portratz W pin. Kyle Seibel V 1:25; 113 — Grant Rasheim W by forfeit; 120 — Evan Meyer W dec. Carter Kratz V 5-3; 126 — Chayden Fitzsimmons W pin. Josh Callahan V 5:06; 132 — Brett Bye V dec. Dylan Larson W 7-3; 138 — Jake Barkema W pin. Nate Samudzi V 1:43; 145 — Payton Ledbetter W by forfeit; 152 — Zac Freese W maj. dec. Brandon Hertz V 13-5; 160 — Luke Reiter W pin. Damarius Cheeseman V 5:51; 170 — Alex Osborne V pin. Jamal Hawkwing W 2:22; 182 — Dan Marlette W pin. Avery Garcia V 1:49; 195 — Collin Lathrop W by forfeit; 220 — Devon O’ Farrell W pin. Seth Heine V 1:36; 285 — Will Mart V dec. Chris Vroman W 3-0

WASHINGTON 61, HARRISBURG 18: 106 — David Potratz W pin. Taylor Dalen H 3:37; 113 — Grant Rosheim W dec. Zach Gross H 10-7; 120 — Evan Meyer W pin. Bryce Zamora H 1:20; 126 — Chayden Fitzsimmons W pin. Joe Fuhr H 3:21; 132 — Dylan Larson W pin. Payton Sim H 3:49; 138 — Jake Barkema W pin. Matt Hudson H 1:29; 145 — Jake Devine H pin. Peyton Ledbetter W 2:42; 152 — Mitchell Schenk H pin. Luke Reiter W 3:49; 160 — Zac Freese W maj. dec. Ethan Janis H 13-3; 170 — Jamal Hawkwing W pin. Cody Kraft H 1:50; 182 — Tom Hudson H pin. Dan Marlette W 3:29; 195 — Collin Lathrop W dec. Matt Schirado H 7-6; 220 — Devon O’Farrell W by forfeit; 285 — Chris Vroman W by forfeit

VERMILLION 42, HARRISBURG 30: 106 — Kyle Seibel V dec. Taylor Dalen H: 8-7; 113 — Zach Gross H pin. Brandon Steenholdt V 4:08; 120 — Carter Kratz V tech. fall Bryce Zamora 17-1; 126 — Josh Callahan V M. dec. Joe Fuhr H: 14-6; 132 — Brett Bye V pin. Payton Sim H 2:20; 138 — Nate Samudzi V pin. Matt Hudson H 4:36; 145 — Jake Devine H pin. Regan Bye V 5:05; 152 — Mitchell Schenk H pin. Brandon Hertz V :24; 160 — Damarius Cheeseman V pin. Ethan Janis H 5:32; 170 — Alex Osborne V pin. Cody Kraft H 1:29; 182 — Tom Hudson H pin. Avery Garcia V 1:23; 195 — Matt Schirado H pin. Seth Heine V 2:30; 220 — Will Mart V by forfeit; 285 — Open

Lennox Quad

LENNOX — The Madison Bulldogs dominated the Lennox Quad on Thursday, going 3-0 with victories over O’Gorman
Posted Feb 9/12 - Tanagers end regular season at Harrisburg
Friday, February 10 the Tanager wrestlers will complete the regular season with a dual at Harrisburg. The wrestling begins at 5:30. They will compete in the Regional tournament next week, February 16 and 17, here in Vermillion. Teams coming to the Regional meet are Vermillion, Brandon Valley, Harrisburg, Lennox, Sioux Falls Lincoln, Yankton, Sioux Falls Washington,and Tea Area.  A very good chance to see some great match ups.
Posted Feb 7/12 - Hazen Bye to be Honored
Hazen will be inducted into the Wrestling Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the State A wrestling tournament in Aberdeen. Others to be honored at the same time are Ken Ruml, Bob Lowery, Brian DeJong, Mike Pankratz John Schiley, and Al Bauer. This will be televised on PBS. It would be very nice if Vermillion had a good group of wrestling fans to be present . The Hall of Fame program will be held just prior to the Championship and  other place winner matches. Hope to see you there.
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